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Neil Hunter Barrus


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Neil Hunter Barrus Obituary
Neil Hunter Barrus, 88, passed away on August 17, 2015, following a long struggle with Parkinson's. Neil was born July 13, 1927, in Groveland, Idaho to Ruel Melvin Barrus and Zina Emeline Hale. He graduated from Blackfoot High and served a year in the US Navy before completing a 2 1/2 year mission to Samoa for the LDS Church. Following his mission Neil married Betty May Denney in the Idaho Falls LDS temple. Neil graduated with his degree in Civil Engineering and began a 32-year career with the Idaho Department of Transportation. In 1962 the family moved to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Neil was active in the LDS church throughout his life. After retirement he and Betty served 3 missions to Samoa, Denver, Co. and Nauvoo, Ill. and moved to Nampa, Idaho where he pursued his love of woodworking. They loved traveling and shared many memorable adventures together. The last 3 years they have lived with their daughter Brenda Petersen in Grantsville, Ut. Neil entertained many with his songs, puzzles, rope tricks and "hooey sticks". His great love, kindness, wisdom, wit, and humor touched many lives. Neil was the youngest of nine children. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty (Denney) Barrus, a brother, Ruel Barrus, daughters; Pam (Rolf) Bitsch, Brenda (David) Petersen, and Shauna (Mark) Comstock, and sons; Ron (Tanis) Barrus and Denney (Allison) Barrus, 19 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 21, at 11:00 at the Grantsville 9th Ward Chapel, 415 W. Apple St, with a viewing an hour and a half prior. Interment at the Grantsville cemetery. Services by Didericksen Memorial (435) 277-0500.
Published in The Morning News on Sept. 1, 2015
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