Joseph Timothy Baldree Jr., 93, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Bingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born Sept. 7, 1919, in Farmville, N.C., to Joseph Timothy and Nancy Horton Joyner Baldree. Joe was raised and attended school in Farmville. He has lived in various places in North Carolina, Blackfoot and Salmon, Idaho. Joe was enlisted into the Army in 1943, during World War II, with five children at home. He served in Rhineland, Northern France and Normandy Beach. He was honorably discharged in 1945 after being wounded.
On June 7, 1956, he married his sweetheart, Anna Mae Johnson, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.
Joe was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he has served in two bishoprics, in the Young Men's program, as scout leader for many years and as a door greeter in the Groveland 2nd Ward, which was his favorite calling. Joe and Anna served a mission to the Southwestern Arizona Mission.
Joe was an electrician for years; he worked at State Hospital South and Eastern Idaho State Fair Grounds. He also ran his own electrical contractor business in Blackfoot and Salmon.
He loved baseball, wrestling, horses and elk hunting in Selway and Salmon every year. He coached baseball for Little League and for the church, and loved every minute. Joe enjoyed working in his yard and garden.
Joe was a family man; he made sure that there was a family reunion and get-togethers.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae of Blackfoot; his children, Edwar Ola (Jane) Baldree of Idaho Falls, Alice Faye (Lloyd) Oldham of Denver, Margaret Shannon Baldree of Richmond, Va., Phillip Eugene (Virgie) Baldree of Blackfoot, Brent Ferrell (Cathy) Baldree of Maricopa, Ariz., Barton Scott (Janna) Baldree of Idaho Falls, Richard Kent (Denice) Baldree of Ogden, Utah, and Suzanne (Blane)Robbins of Blackfoot; brothers, Larry Baldree of Winterville, N.C., Bobby Baldree of Centerville, Utah, Charles Baldree of Gilbert, Ariz., Mark Baldree of Vanceboro, N.C., and Rex Baldree of New Bern, N.C.; sisters, Dean Manning of Ayden, N.C., Laurlie Jensen of Cove City, N.C., Lou Anderson of Ayden, N.C., and Ellen Folines of Winterville, N.C.; 38 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Arnold, Horace Linwood, Alton Mosley "Dock," Norman Graham and William "Bud"; two sisters, Norma Grace Baldree and Doris Odham; and two sons, Jeffrey Todd Baldree and Joseph Timothy Baldree III.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Groveland LDS Chapel. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Groveland Cemetery. Military rites will be presented by the American Legion Stewart Hoover Post 23.
Condolences may be sent to the family at con firstname.lastname@example.org.