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Baker, Robert*  
Robert A. (Spike) Baker 1932 - 2015 Robert A. (Spike) Baker died on May 12, 2015 in the timber frame home he built on the Payette River in Gem County. Spike was born in Boise, Idaho on July 25, 1932 to Alton (Pete) Baker and Marjorie Gerlach Baker who lived in Mayfield, Idaho. He was nicknamed "Spike" at an early age and he maintained the name came from his parents putting him in a gunny sack and hanging him on a spike on the wall while they attended community dances at Mayfield. Prior to entering school he moved to the rural freedom of South Boise where he was raised by his grandparents Mary and Conner Gerlach and his three uncles. Gerald and Leonard Gerlach taught him to hunt, fish, trap and use woodworking tools. Richard Gerlach taught him to ski and gave him his first camera. He attended Garfield Elementary, North Junior High and graduated from Boise High School. During summer vacations in high school he worked as a temporary fire-fighter and went to work for the Forest Service full time following graduation. He spent his entire career in Fire and Aviation Management with winter assignments as Snow Ranger at Alta, Utah, and Bogus Basin, Idaho. He was a member of a large fire management team, and travelled widely on both fire and photography assignments for the Forest Service. Spike was an avid skier and a long-time member of the Bogus Basin Ski Patrol. In 1958 he married Judith D. (Judy) Adair who had worked for him as an Assistant Fire Dispatcher on the Boise National Forest. Determined that she would enjoy the outdoors as much as he did, he bought her a heavy duty down sleeping bag, an equally warm down coat, and a pair of insulated boots. Apparently it worked - they shared an enjoyment of the outdoors for 56 years. After retirement from the Forest Service, he became a founding member of the Timber Framers Guild of North America. He designed and built a timber frame home including cabinet work and stained glass, a shop and a barn on his farm on the Payette River in Gem County. He also participated in building a timber frame bridge in Guelph, Ontario, Canada and two Habitat for Humanity homes in York, Pennsylvania. He continued to build his skills as a woodworker, stained glass artist and photographer. Many of his friends were recipients of his quality work generously given as presents. Spike invested major effort into learning photographic techniques and began by documenting his early backpacking trips into the Sawtooths, boat trips on the Bruneau and Jarbidge Rivers, hiking in the Owyhee mountains, salmon fishing at Dagger Falls, hunting trips in the Salmon River country, etc. He purchased a large format (4x5) Linhof view camera and for many years he spent almost a month each spring hiking and photographing the red rock country of southern Utah. He saw the impact of uncontrolled use on the fragile desert and donated his photographs to support the establishment of Canyonlands National Park. Over time, Spike began to realize the power of photography to communicate the "specialness" of places and animal species and he eventually specialized in 35m/m digital wildlife photography with an emphasis on birds. Travelling by air, rail, RV, riverboat, Zodiac, dugout canoe, Tundra buggy, snowcoach, elephant and foot on all seven continents, he (and Judy) lugged ever larger amounts of photographic equipment to unusual and interesting places. He spoke to service clubs and birding groups, donated photos to environmental groups, had a number of one-man shows and sold his photos to publications, travel agencies, tour operators, and book publishers. Spike's photos were his way to convince others of the need provide for the sustainability of special places and species. He recently received the Pat Ford Award in honor of sustained conservation commitment and accomplishment on behalf of the Idaho Conservation League. Spike was predeceased by his sister Pat Craddick Pulley and his cousin Richie Gerlach. He is survived by his wife; his sister JoAnn Craddick Eisenberg and her husband Rod; his brother Roger Craddick and his wife Becky Sloan; his brother-in-law Bill Pulley and his wife Peggy; his cousins Phil Gerlach and his wife Leora Parker, and Tully Gerlach and his wife Christine Zimowsky and their families. He would also tell you that his life was enriched by the presence of many interesting and caring long-time friends who provided their support including special almost-relatives Amy Faulkner Hunter and Scott Faulkner. He also wanted to express his appreciation to his long-time friends and neighbors Gene and Judy Cole and Jim and Sandy Lancaster and his special St. Lukes Hospice Team of Cheryl, Iris and Katherine and his caregivers Rylan and Kristine. Spike was intensely focused and productive, generous, humorous, a great storyteller with a harmonica in his pocket, always open to new experiences and cultures. His last photography show "Hummingbirds of the Americas" will be on display at St. Alphonsus Hospital, 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise from July 1 to 31. A family graveside service will be followed by a celebration of his life to be announced at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Idaho Conservation League, PO Box 844, Boise, ID 83701 or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 22 to June 21, 2015
Baker, Robert  
Robert A. (Spike) Baker, 82, of Emmett, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at his home. Funeral Home: Cloverdale Funeral Home.
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Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 13 to June 12, 2015
Barber, Lois  
Lois C. Barber, 83, of Caldwell, died Friday, May 22, 2015, at a Nampa care facility. Funeral Home: Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel.
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Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 23 to May 29, 2015
Barfuss, Victor  
Victor Barfuss, 92, of Boise, died Friday, May 15, 2015 at his home of natural causes. Funeral Home: Relyea Funeral Chapel.
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Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 19 to May 27, 2015
Bloxham, Iantha  
Iantha "Bud" Bloxham, 92, of Nampa, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at his home. Funeral Home: Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel
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Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 24 to May 29, 2015
Brown, Floyd*  
Floyd David Brown 1923 - 2015 Floyd David Brown of Emmett, Idaho, departed from his earthly home peacefully and surrounded by family on Friday, May 8, 2015. He was preceded in death by Evelyn Mae Walker Brown, his wife of 67 years. Floyd, known as "Brownie" to many, was born to Allen Albert Brown and Hazel Fern Wills Brown on October 30, 1923 in Emmett, a quaint town in a scenic valley near Boise, where he resided for 91 years. His siblings were Maurice Brown (Emmett), deceased sisters Bernice Blosser (Phoenix, Arizona), Doris Shaw (Emmett) and deceased brothers Dick Brown (Hayward, California) and Donald Brown (Emmett). Floyd's birthplace was the home of his grandparents James Albert Wills and Ruth Poole Wills. His boyhood homes were scattered around the Emmett area, but, much of the '30s and '40s, his brothers and sisters lived on their parents' South Slope fruit ranch. Many cherries, for which Emmett is famous, were raised and picked there - along with apples, pears, plums, apricots and peaches. A Lincoln School, Wardwell School and Longfellow School attendee, Floyd graduated from Emmett High School in 1941. Around this time, a beautiful Junior classmate, Evelyn Mae Walker, caught the eye of this handsome athletic farm boy. Floyd "Brownie" wed the love of his life, Evelyn "Evie," on June 9, 1943. The newlywed's first home was an old converted barn on his parent's fruit ranch. In 1950, the Floyd Brown family moved to town. Floyd and his father-in-law, Clarence Lester "C.L." Walker, built a house on Third Street, in which Floyd and Evelyn raised their four children and resided for over 50 years. Foremost, Floyd was a dedicated and loving family man whose talents and passions included being an entrepreneur, community leader, proud and involved veteran and charity advocate. Shortly after marriage to Evelyn, Floyd served in the Navy during World War II mainly in the Asiatic-Pacific area. Much of this time he spent on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Breton working in the boiler room. Since his service in the Navy, Floyd became an active member of the American Legion Post 49 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and he attended multiple U.S. Breton reunions. After acquiring short-wave radio experience while in the Navy, Floyd caught the "radio bug" that would stay with him throughout his career. In 1946, he opened an electronic sales and repair business and named it Brown's Radio Shack (before the Tandy Corporation retail chain was established). Later, the business name was updated to Brown's Radio & TV Shack, and, services expanded to include TV, audio equipment, records, tapes and guitars sales and TV repairs. Floyd's right hand and business partner was wife, Evelyn. Fulfilling Floyd's lifelong dream, KMFE-FM 101.7 went live on-air in 1973. He literally built it from scratch. This 1,000 watt "Mom and Pop" business was the first FM station in the greater Boise area to program country music. Hosted by Floyd, KMFE's "Comfy Barndance" was a popular live weekly radio show which showcased local vocalists and musicians. Through 1983, Floyd's roles at KMFE included DJ, chief engineer and President of Emmett Valley Broadcasters, Inc. His wife Evelyn, son Allen, son-in-law Mel Gunter and nephew Ray Shaw, also worked a number of years at the station. Floyd Brown was extensively involved in and acknowledged by the Emmett community. He was a charter and active member of the Lions Club from 1952 to 2015, serving as President in 1967. His Lions Club honors include the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for exemplary service to his club and community. And, during Floyd's 90th birthday celebration in 2013, he was presented with an International Lions Club 60 Years Service plaque. As a Gem County Chamber of Commerce member since the 1960s, Floyd served as President in 1966 and was voted "Man of the Year" in 1984. He was on the Board of Directors for Walter Knox Memorial Hospital for 10 years, a charter member of the Emmett Optimist Club and active with the W.I.C.A.P. (Western Idaho Community Action Program) for which he was President. An Emmett, Gem County and Idaho history enthusiast, Floyd was a member of the Gem Country Historical Society. He was an active faithful member of the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and, in recent years, was a local hospice volunteer. Floyd is survived by his four children - David Brown (Harpster, Idaho), Sue Brown Gunter married to Mel Gunter (Emmett), Allen Brown (Nashville, Tennessee) and Sherry Brown Doyle married to Michael Doyle (Canyon Lake, Texas); his three grandchildren and their spouses - Nicholas Humphries and Amber (Lake Mills, Wisconsin), Greg Humphries and Kara (Selma, Texas) and Army Specialist Breanna Humphries newlywed to Army Private Matt Sewell (El Paso, Texas); and, his six great grandchildren - Kendall, Drew, Ella, Rylie and Jackson Humphries (Lake Mills, Wisconsin) and Alaina Anderson (Selma, Texas); and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly. Viewing will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015, at The Potter Funeral Chapel, 228 East Main Street, Emmett, Idaho 83617, from 3 to 8 pm., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, with committal at the Emmett Cemetery, 1205 North Washington Avenue, Emmett, Idaho 83617, at 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 401 South Hayes Avenue, Emmett , Idaho 83617, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Floyd Brown's name to any of the following charities or the charity of choice: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 457; Gem Lions Club, P.O. Box 902; Gem Country Historical Society, 501 East First Street - all charities are in Emmett, Idaho 83617. Floyd Brown's family extends heart-felt thanks to all of his friends at Apple Valley Residence in Emmett - as well as Jim Thomson, M.D., Emmett Medical Center, and Steven Haun, M.D., V.A. Medical Center, Boise, and all the staff and caregiver champions at Apple Valley and Heart 'N Home Hospice!
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Published in Emmett Messenger Index from May 11 to June 10, 2015
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