Weldon Jay Wadsworth, 92, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Life Care Center of Idaho Falls.
Weldon was born June 24, 1921, in Taylor, Idaho, to Bertie and Eliza Jane Stoddard Wadsworth. He grew up in Taylor and attended area schools.
Weldon served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theatre.
In 1942, he married Letha Longhurst. They had a daughter, Peggy, and were later divorced.
On Oct. 7, 1946, he married Berniece M. Kay. To this union were born 11 children: Jacquelyn, Karolyn, Anita, Lane, Janie, Richard, Rhonda, Gary, Craig, Val and Geri Lynn. Berniece and Weldon were later divorced.
On Aug. 7, 1986, Weldon married Blanch Judd Shultz. She passed away Feb. 5, 1998.
Weldon lived most of his life in the Idaho Falls area and Moses Lake, Wash., Tuscarora, Nev., and Driggs, Idaho. Weldon worked as a farmer, rancher, mechanic and in construction and retired from the Idaho Canal Co. in 2001.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He enjoyed horses, hunting, fishing, cowboy poetry, guns and music and played the guitar and harmonica.
Weldon is survived by his daughters, Peggy Capson of Utah, Jacqueline Shepherd of Seattle, and Karolyn (Brent) Holland, Janie Jones (Frank Gneiting), Rhonda (Mark) Amrozowicz and Geri Lynn Hansen, all of Idaho Falls; sons, Richard (Patty) Wadsworth of Moses Lake, Wash., Gary (Adrie Anne) Wadsworth of Idaho Falls, Craig (Kim) Wadsworth of Rexburg and Val (Jennifer) Wadsworth of Pocatello; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his third wife, Blanch Wadsworth; daughter, Anita Wadsworth; son, Lane Wadsworth; brothers, Percy and Durlin Wadsworth; sisters, Luella Chamberlain, Verna Scott, Doris Cox Summers and Veda Barnett; a grandson, Brady Holland; and a great-great-granddaughter, Bentley Black.
The family would like to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Idaho Falls, Dr. Redd, Dr. Bruggeman, PA Matt Merzlock and Dr. Roisum and his entire staff for their great care of Weldon.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Jameston LDS Ward Building, 1101 E. 1250 North in Shelley. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave., and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Memorial Team and Idaho Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.