Ted C. Furniss, 86, of Grant, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at his home.
He was born June 12, 1927, in Bates, Idaho, to George C. Furniss and Sarah Ann Nelson. He was raised and attended schools in the Teton Basin and attended Teton High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific.
He married Venice Orgill on Sept. 16, 1949, in Egin; she preceded him in death.
On Oct. 6, 1954, he married Dorothy Alice Ellis in Driggs; their marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on May 6, 2007. They were blessed with two daughters and three sons.
Ted worked as a heavy-equipment operator for the INL for many years.
Ted was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he was also a member of the VFW and DAV, the Operating Engineers Union and the American Quarter Horse Association. He was an avid horseman and was inducted in the Eastern Idaho Horseman's Hall of Fame in 1998. He taught pony and horse driving with the 4-H club for 40 years. If Ted wasn't riding horseback, he was thinking about it.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy A. Furniss of Grant; daughters, Lorraine Norris and Shawna Furniss, both of Idaho Falls; sons, Matthew T. (Martie) Furniss of Idaho Falls, Thomas K. (Betsy) Furniss of Parker and Travis L. Furniss of Idaho Falls; sister, Mary Ellen Struttman of Vancouver, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Venice Furniss; his parents, George and Sarah Furniss; sisters, Deaun Cover and Vonnie Bowen; and brothers, Henry Furniss, Wayne Furniss, Oren Furniss and Cloyd Furniss.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, at the Grant LDS Chapel, 3431 E. 100 North in Rigby. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Eckersell Memorial Chapel, 101 W. Main St. in Rigby, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Bates Cemetery. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.