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William "Bill" Gaither


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William "Bill" Gaither Obituary
William "Bill" Gaither, 82, of Blackfoot, passed away Thursday, Dec. 8 at his home.
He was born Sept. 28, 1934 in Nampa, Idaho the son of William Jackson Gaither and Carroll Dele Robinson Gaither.
Bill grew up in Nampa, Idaho and attended school at Notus and Nampa High Schools. He also attended college at Idaho State University.
He lived in LaCrescent, Minnesota, Kailua, Hawaii and Newport News, Virginia.
He served in the Navy at the end of the Korean Conflict in Korea and Japan. He was a nuclear power plant operator and plank owner on the USS Enterprise.
He was the first to operate the ship's horn while docked in Newport News, Virginia, he was responsible for breaking several blocks of glass windows, which always made him smile. He married Kaye Benson in 1957. They divorced in 1986 and he married Patty Sue Branson on Oct. 7, 1989.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he was active and served in many callings, but he especially loved serving in the Boy Scouts.
Bill was a welder and pipe fitter; he worked as foreman at Bucyrus Erie and as Safety Officer at INEL. He also owned and operated a small long haul trucking business.
He loved reading, country music, cookies and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Sue of Blackfoot; daughter, Carol (David) Winn of West Jordan, Utah, William L. (Connie) Gaither of Rapid City, SD, Shelley A. Gaither of Belo Horizonte, Brazil; step-children, Chi Ann (Kent) Baum of Ashton, Idaho, John (Samara) Roberts of Blackfoot and Jerry (Dena) Smith of Idaho Falls; 17 grandchildren and 24 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Andrita Durban and an infant brother, Richard Scott Gaither.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at the Blackfoot 11th Ward LDS Chapel, 520 N. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, Idaho.
The family will meet with friends and family from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Dec. 12, 2016
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