Omer Lee Abbott, 92, of Idaho Falls, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at his home of natural causes. He was under the care of his family and Encompass Hospice.
He was born March 26, 1920, in Phoenix to Jesse Lee Abbott and Annie Marion Stewart Abbott. Omer, his younger brother, Bud, and their sister, Pauline, grew up and attended school in Arizona.
Omer served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was a tank-handling instructor and was known for his sharpshooting skills with a pistol. After he left the service, he worked as a manager for a large commercial cabinet manufacturer until he moved to Northern California. He and his son, Jerry, owned Abbott Cabinet Co. in Northern California for over 20 years.
Following his military service, Omer moved to the Los Angeles area, where he met the love of his life, Lillian Ellen Nelson. They were married in May 1941 in Yuma, Ariz. They had three children: Linda Lee, Judy Ann and Jerry Wayne. In early 2012, they moved to Idaho Falls. Lillian passed away Aug. 11, 2012.
Omer was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his younger years, he enjoyed taking his family waterskiing on the lakes in Southern California, restoring old cars and building hot rods with his buddies. He also loved picnics and spending time with his grandchildren.
Omer is survived by his daughters, Linda (Carl) Lee York of Otis, Ore., and Judy Ann Shepherd of Chico, Calif.; son, Jerry (Karen) Abbott of Idaho Falls; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lillian; a son-in-law, Jerry Shepherd; his brother, Maurice "Bud"; and sister, Pauline.
A celebration of life will be held in California at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.