Aldie Herbert Pike, 89, of Basalt, Idaho, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at his home of natural causes.
Aldie was born April 16, 1923, in Padonia, Kan., to Russell Preston Pike and Cora May Braman Pike. He grew up and attended schools in Powhattan, Kan., where he graduated from high school.
He proudly served his country as a private first class in the U.S. Army during World War II.
On Aug. 11, 1947, he married Mildred Marie Allen in Hiawatha, Kan. To this union were born six children: Diana, Aldie Jr., Mitzie, Keri, Richard and Vicky. They spent the early years of their marriage in Kansas, then moved to Idaho when Aldie was 30 and made their home in Basalt.
Aldie worked as a farmer, as a laborer on Palisades Dam, in maintenance at the INL, as a musician and postmaster in Basalt. He also owned and operated his own small engine repair shop.
An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in various capacities over the years. He served as a stake missionary, Scoutmaster, and taught Elders Quorum, Gospel doctrine, in-service and High Priest group. He served two terms on the Basalt City Council, wrote articles and drew weekly cartoons for the Shelley Pioneer newspaper and taught art classes. He enjoyed painting, drawing, drawing cartoons, playing the guitar, singing, woodcarving and gardening.
Aldie is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mildred Pike of Basalt; daughters, Diana (Randy) Keppner of Basalt, Mitzie (Paul) Stone of Pahrump, Nev., Keri Allen of Shelley and Vicky Diaz of Pahrump; sons, Aldie (Cherri) Pike Jr. of West Fork, Ark., and Richard Pike of Basalt; 32 grandchildren; 86 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd and Russell; three sisters, Alta, Dorothy and Ruby; and two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Sandy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Basalt LDS Ward, 823 N. 675 East, with Bishop Clair Christensen officiating. The family will visit with friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge Ave. in Idaho Falls, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.