Ernest Harold Pugh
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July 18, 1920 - April 25, 2013
Our Dear Papa Harold entered into the arms of his Lord on April 25, 2013 at the age of 92. Harold was born to Claude Swanson Pugh and Alma Law Pugh on July 18, 1920. He was the third of seven children which included two brothers and four sisters. Harold grew up in Beaver County, Oklahoma where he attended school in Balko until his graduation in 1938.
Harold joined the Army Air Force shortly after graduation with the intention of serving his country as a pilot in WWII. He received his honorable discharge in 1943 to return home and help provide the country with food in a time of need. It was at that time Harold met the love of his life, Alice Collins of Laverne, Oklahoma. In 1946 Harold and Alice were joined in marriage and went on to create a loving family with their three children, daughter Judy and two sons Larry and Bill. They continued to farm in Oklahoma until 1957. Upon visiting Alice's family in Idaho, Harold was very impressed with Idaho's irrigation and farm land. It was at that time Harold moved his family to the Purple Sage area of Caldwell. The family continued a life of farming and raising cattle in Idaho where Harold was successful in raising grand champion registered polled Hereford cattle. His prize winning Polled Hereford cattle sold all throughout the Northwest including Ontario, Walla Walla, Filer, Washington and Idaho.
Harold was a hard worker whose first priority was providing for his family. In order to do that he worked several other jobs while keeping the family farm going. In 1971 he began working for Idaho Concrete Company where he was a ready mix concrete driver until his retirement in 1982. In addition to work and family, Harold's faith was an important part of his life. He was a long standing member of the Canyon Hill Nazarene Church where he served on the church board for several years, drove the church bus and was an usher for over 30 years.
Not only was Harold a lover of sports but he was an accomplished athlete where he excelled in baseball, basketball and track. He was a pitcher for both his high school baseball team and a town team following graduation. In 1939 his basketball skills got him chosen to play on an All Star team in an exhibition game against the Harlem Globe Trotters and in track he was recognized as a champion shot putter in Beaver County.
Upon retirement Harold and Alice spent quality time together traveling throughout the states. They used their motor home regularly and became snowbirds traveling to Arizona and California in the winter. Trips that held a special place for them included a 1986 trip to Hawaii to celebrate 40 years of marriage and a trip to Alaska to visit their daughter Judy and her family. Retirement also afforded Harold the time to build a cabin in McCall, play pool with his friends at the Senior Center, attend church services and he was a season ticket holder to the NNU basketball games.
Harold is survived by his wife of 67 years, Alice of Caldwell; two sons, Larry Dean Pugh of Los Angeles, and Bill (Kellie) Pugh of Caldwell; seven grandchildren, Rachelle, Brian, Scott, Jenna, Sarah, Kayla and Katie; seven great-grandchildren, Hannah, Milanya, Olivia, Kylie, Cadence, Reider and Kaison; brother, Clyde Pugh; and sister, Mada Pugh Hagen of Balko, OK.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, three sisters and his beautiful daughter, Judy Pugh Flowers.
The family would like to thank Synergy HomeCare for providing excellent care for Harold and Alice. Special thanks to Darlene, Katy, Pauline, Shirley, Gen and Ann.
A visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 5th at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, May 6th at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene, Caldwell with burial following at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
Dakan Funeral Chapel
504 South Kimball Avenue Caldwell, ID 83605
Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Apr. 28 to May 3, 2013