Kenneth Griffiths (1924 - 2015)

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Kenneth Leroy Griffiths
November 8, 1924 - June 20 2015
Kenneth Leroy Griffiths, 90, of Nampa, formerly of Caldwell, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 at home with his family by his side.
Born Nov. 8, 1924 in Caldwell, ID in a house on the corner of Logan and Arlington St., where the hospital now stands. He was the fourth child of Faye F. and Lewis E. Griffiths. He attended Caldwell's Washington School for three years. In 1932 the family moved to a farm northeast of Wilder. He was an active participant in school activities, serving as class president and was a 3 sport letterman, starting in football, basketball and baseball for Wilder High School. Basketball was his favorite. He graduated in May of 1942 and attended the University of Idaho for one semester and returned to the farm awaiting enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was enlisted in Oct of 1943 and graduated with his pilot's wings at the La Junta, CO, Air Base in March of 1945. He became a bomber crew co-pilot, flying a B-17, B-24 and B-25 during his training. He was co-pilot on a B-29 bomber when the war ended in Aug. of 1945 and was stationed at El Paso, TX.
He married his high school sweetheart, Verna L. Brashears on Sept. 18, 1945 at Biggs Army Air Base Chapel at El Paso, TX. Following his release from the service he returned home to farm with his dad and brother, Ed on a 300 Acre farm southeast of Parma in the Ten Davis Community. They fed feedlot steers raising all the grain, hay and corn for the fattening process and sugar beets for 13 years. The partnership was dissolved and he moved to a 200 acre ranch northwest of Caldwell in the Dixie community. He sold the ranch in 1972 and moved into a rural subdivision for 3 years before developing a farm west of Middleton and north of Caldwell.
All of his life, he loved horses, riding on them or working them, feeding cattle and watching them grow. He was a very good, meticulous farmer, keeping his place and ditches as weed-free as possible. He served on irrigation ditch committees wherever he lived, always interested in water and its proper use. After retiring from farming he enjoyed traveling to numerous destinations across the country and Canada. Highlights include going on a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands, Caribbean Islands and Alaska. In his later years, he especially delighted in watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren's activities. Playing pinochle with friends and family was one of his favorite activities.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Verna; sons, Sidney L. (Sandra) of Wilder, Paul S. (Brenda) of Albuquerque, NM., Curtis L. (Sonja) of Nampa and Glenn L. (Tresha) of Meridian; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Velma Oellien and Arlene Greenfield of Caldwell and a brother, Edgar of Greenleaf. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Idaho Humane Society, 4775 W. Dorman, Boise, ID, 83705.
A Viewing for Kenneth will be held Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 PM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, with Funeral Service to follow at the Chapel at 4:00 PM. Entombment will be Monday, June 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM at Canyon Hill Cemetery, Caldwell. Condolences may be left at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 24, 2015
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