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Earl Clinton Greenawalt Jr.


1925 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Earl Clinton Greenawalt Jr. Obituary
Earl Clinton Greenawalt Jr., 89, of Idaho Falls and formerly of Gooding, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Lifecare Center of Idaho Falls.  
He was born November 7, 1925 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Earl and Irene Greenawalt.  He attended school in many towns as his parents moved often.  In fact, he went to a different school every year for 12 years.  He swore he'd raise his family in one town and they would have roots.  They lived in Gooding for 55 years.  Earl met his wife, Betty Lou Gilbert, at PocatelloHigh School.  He wasn't able to walk across the stage to get his diploma because of World War II.  He was sent to Daytona Beach, Florida in the Navy.  He spent one year working on airplanes and came back to Pocatello on leave where Betty Lou told him to marry her or she'd start dating.  They married immediately and she went back to Daytona with him.  He and Betty Lou spent the remainder of his service time in Daytona.
After the war, they returned to Jerome, Idaho where Earl Sr. had started 'Greenawalt's Hardware, Furniture and Appliance'.  Earl Jr. managed and then owned the Gooding store for more than 55 years with Betty Lou doing the accounting and bookkeeping.  Dad was an extraordinary salesman.  People would say he could sell an air conditioner to an Eskimo.
Earl Jr. was an excellent Father, supported his children by always being there for them, modeled a moral, ethical life and took responsibility for making his children's lives better than his own.  He never got a college degree, but he made sure each of his children had one.
His daughters were all in drill team.  For every summer parade the Greenawalt flatbed truck let the drill team with a drum player on the back, providing the marching music.  His son, Scott, worked in the store through high school and said his Dad was a man of his time, the best of the best.
Earl was a member of Gooding Methodist Church, a Rotarian all the years in business, served on the Gooding City Council and Library Board, a member of Chamber of Commerce, 32nd degree Mason and Scottish Rite Shriner, as well as a member of the Gooding Country Club.
In his most recent years, he is best known as the man with the pipe sitting under the American flag greeting everyone who entered Fairwinds Retirement.
He is survived by his four children: Kristi Jan (Russ) Johnson, of Walnut Creek, California, Steven Scott (Rita) Greenawalt, of Bellview, Idaho, Karole Irene (Ken) Honas, of Blackfoot, Kay Lee (Todd) Mink, of Martinez, California; a brother, Harold Greenawalt, of Boise (previously of Jerome); seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Gooding Methodist Church, 805 Main St., Gooding.  The family will meet with friends and relatives for one hour prior to services at the church.  Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding.  Arrangements are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home.  Condolences may be sent to: www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 26, 2015
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