Raymond Ricks Kington, 90, of Rexburg passed away April 22, 2013, at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho. He was born July 1, 1922, to Thomas Kington and Betsy Sophia Ricks Kington at the family farm in Thornton, Idaho, the eighth in a family of 10 children.
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He graduated from the eighth grade from the Union Lyman school.
At age 14, he spent the summer in Montana on a ranch, with his two brothers, punching cattle going from one camp to another.
He also helped his uncle Lester on a dry farm above Ririe.
The family moved to Rexburg when he was 17 years old. Times were hard during this time. He spent six months in a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Camp at McCall, Idaho. He then spent another six months at a CCC camp in Lucine, Utah. While he was there his father died and he returned to Idaho for the funeral.
He then worked on a ranch in Montana doing general ranch work and feeding cattle in the winter. He went on two cattle drives going about 70 miles, and herding about 1,000 cattle.
He returned to Rexburg and while home went to a dance and met a young lady by the name of Rhea Nielsen. They dated for awhile and finally were married Oct. 31, 1942. To this union a daughter, Gloria Jean, was born. They were later divorced.
During World War II, he was drafted into the Army. He spent two years overseas driving a supply truck.
After returning from the war, he worked for Nelson Ricks Creamery, making cheese and butter. He later hauled milk in the Hibbard/Plano area for the Creamery. He had various jobs throughout his life. He worked for the Sugar City School District, Madison County Road crew driving a road grader. He even was the overseer for the Rexburg cemetery with his brother, Eurchel, for many years.
In 1964, he met June Matthews Parr, at a dance and they were married, May 27, 1967. They lived on a small farm outside of Sugar City. He and June loved to travel. They bought a travel trailer and a boat, and used them often. They took many enjoyable trips together. June passed away in 2007.
He spent the night sitting in a big tree outside the front of his house when the Teton Dam broke. He felt that this was one of the top experiences of his life.
He is an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He started to have problems with his health about 2009, and moved in with his daughter. Then he moved into the Homestead Assistant Living Center in Rexburg.
Raymond is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gloria, and Larry Widdison; grandchildren, Lori Ann (Ryan) Walker, Shanna Lynn (Rick) Hill, and Tom Widdison; great-grandchildren, Devyn, (Brandi) Walker, Cody, Skyler, and Lexie Walker, Richard, Austin, and Anthony Hill.
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, June, his parents and his brothers and sisters, Thomas, Clifford, Levear, Lewis, Martha Eliza, Eurchel, Rea, Norman, and Chelse.
The family would like to express appreciation to Homestead Assisted Living Center, to Dannette who watched over him so closely and Dr. Prince and the nurses and staff at Madison Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday April 27, 2013, at the Flamm Funeral Home, 61 North First Street, Rexburg, Idaho. The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be the Rexburg Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.flammfh.com.
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Apr. 25, 2013