Walter Rost (1925 - 2017)

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Walter "Walt" Allen Rost, 91, of Meridian, Idaho, passed away peacefully and went home Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
Walt was the second of three children born to Earl and Olive Rost on October 10, 1925. Walt attended school at Riverside (an unincorporated community in Canyon County, Idaho located east of the Snake River, 3.5 miles southeast of Marsing).
Months shy of his 19th birthday, while busy farming 100 acres, milking 15 cows, and feeding 35-40 hogs, his life was interrupted by a notice to report for active duty. It took a few days to dispose of everything, but, on June 23, 1944 he found himself at Fort Douglas, Utah. After completing basic training at Camp David in Little Rock, Arkansas, Walt boarded a ship in Fort Ord, California on December 19, 1944, as part of the 77th Infantry Division, Platoon #1, Squad #1. Ultimate destination: Iwo Jima.
Walt served in battles and campaigns fought in the Southern Philippines and Ryukyus (R.I., Island chain in Japan). Walt was awarded the Bronze Star for his meritorious service in connection with military operations at Shuri, Okinawa, R.I. on May 16, 1945. Walt was also the recipient of the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with Bronze Service Star, Victory Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. Walt received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army on May 10, 1946.
Walt was a dedicated and principled man. Upon his return to civilian life, he delivered mail in Boise, worked as a meat cutter in Caldwell, as a lineman for Pacific Telephone working in Caldwell, Twin Falls, Mesa, Arizona, and Orange County, California. Upon retirement, he returned to Idaho and worked at the Creamery in Caldwell, J.C. Jackson & Sons Contractors, and Idaho Telephone Company - until his (2nd) retirement in 1988. He worked part-time at Wilder Cemetery from 1988 - 1993 (earning a 3rd retirement). Walt then worked as the maintenance man for the Homedale Fairgrounds & Rodeo and was instrumental with developments and improvements at the Homedale Rod & Gun Club. Walt was recognized for his service as a Volunteer Instructor by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for his outstanding contributions to the Idaho Hunter Safety Program for the years 2001-2006, receiving the Commissioner's Award for "Continuing Our Heritage."
Walt enjoyed spending time with family and friends camping, fishing, and hunting in the back country with his own pack string.
Walt is survived by his wife of 42 years, Glenda Rae Rost; children: Al Rost, Anna and Jeff Miller, Loretta Rost and David Brown, Marian Elizabeth and Randy Woods, Kathryn and Brandon DeVore, Lynn and Gilbert Tuning, and Clayton J. "Jim" and Laurie Bryant; brother and sister-in-law, Roy "Joe" and Diane Williams; grandchildren: Christopher and Kelley Miller, Patrick Miller, Zachary Marmon, Nicholas Marmon, Sarah and Matt Sanders, Catriona Rost, Matthew Rost, Aaron Amick, Amanda and Jason Hoodenpyle, Andrea and Mick Tully, Christopher and Dennice Bryant, Katelyn and Jon Craigen; and great-grandchildren: Sydney Amick, Michayla Tully, Abigail and Ashlynn Hoodenpyle, Sydney and Addelyn Bryant, Bailey, Zoey and Jonathan Michael Craigen, Jr., and Gracee Sanders; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Noah and Olive Mae Rost; brother, Everett Rost; sister, Mary Lyon; father and mother in-law, Glen and Loretta Williams; great-grandson, Clayton Tully, and first wife, Hazel LaVette.
The family appreciates the great care provided by Colleen and staff of Doctor's Hospice of Idaho.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the Valley of the Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 150 W. Maestra St., Meridian with Rev. Chuck Ryan officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow at the Meridian Cemetery, 895 E. Franklin Road, Meridian. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home and Cremation, Meridian. Remembrances may be left for the family at
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Homedale Rod & Gun Club, Attn: Gordon Dougal, 16737 Boehnerd Road, Caldwell, Idaho 83607.


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune from May 5 to May 6, 2017