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Robert Keith Getsinger

Robert Keith Getsinger passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at his home in Rigby of natural causes.

Keith was born May 24, 1929, in Lovell, Wyo., to William Joseph Getsinger and Iva May Hickman Getsinger. The family moved to Iowa for a short time before moving back to the family homestead in Lorenzo, Idaho.

Keith enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948; he served aboard the USS Boxer during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1952.

He married Shirley Lou Garland in August 1952. They had four daughters: Deborah, Karen, Merry Jo and Tammy. They were later divorced.

On Dec. 27, 1975, he married Karol Smith; together they raised a son, Jeffery. Keith was also a special uncle to Steven Hansen.

Keith loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He loved to take his girls on weekend drives to explore Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In his later years, he collected classic car models and antiques. He loved gardening, bird watching and feeding squirrels.

He worked for 17 years at Challenge Creamery in Idaho Falls; he drove truck, set up mobile homes and was a member of the laborer's union when he retired in 1994. He was willing to do any kind of work to raise his kids. He lived for several years in Washington and spent most of his life in the Rigby or Idaho Falls areas.

Survivors include his wife, Karol Getsinger; daughters, Deborah (Vern) Ford, Merry (Troy) Covington and Tammy Landon, all of Idaho Falls, and Karen Austin of Billings, Mont.; son, Jeffery (Mimi) Smith of Pocatello; sisters, Laura Wilda Whittaker of Idaho Falls and Nea Mae Hayes of Rigby; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John Leo and Boyd Getsinger.

The family expresses their gratitude to Hands of Hope Hospice for the loving care of their Dad.

At Keith's request, a private family memorial will be held at a later date. Services are under the direction of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.




Published in Post Register on Oct. 6, 2012
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