Clair Tepfer

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Clair D. Tepfer
July 16, 1926 - May 26, 2014
Clair D. Tepfer of Caldwell passed away peacefully on Monday, May 26th. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 2nd at the Middleton Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Clair was born July 16, 1926 in Grand River, Iowa. After attending high school, Clair joined the U.S. Navy in January of 1944 and served his country during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
Shortly after the service, Clair was married and lived in the Portland, Oregon area where he was employed by the Portland City Zoo. Clair and his first wife, Wanda had a daughter and son. After their divorce, he came to Idaho where he met Ardith Rayne, the love of his life. He and Ardith were married June 19, 1956. They resided in Middleton where Clair continued to run Leeper's Lumber Yard. Ardith and Clair soon became the happy parents of a son. They later moved to Boise where Clair was proud to become the zoo director at the Boise City Zoo. Clair was a security guard at the Federal Building in Boise for several years before moving to northern Idaho where he was resource ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers.
After retiring as a resource ranger, they moved back to Middleton in early 1990 where he became active on the Middleton City Council for several years.
Clair always had a love of animals and at one time had quite a collection of birds and animals. He helped start the Treasure Valley Pigeon Club in 1962 which is still in existence today. Clair and Ardith received lots of awards and enjoyed traveling and showing their birds in the Northwestern states. Clair's interests were varied; he loved antique car collecting, showing, touring and was well known in the area for his featured parade cars. Clair enjoyed painting and had won numerous awards for his artwork. When he was home, Clair loved working in the yard with his flowers. He especially enjoyed his roses and dahlias. He loved his special little dog, Maggie Mae Sue, who is a great comfort to his wife, Ardie.
Clair was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred and his step-father, Art Leeper.
He is survived by his wife, Ardith; daughter, Marsha (Bill) Ward of Whidbey Island, WA; son, Jerry of Portland, OR and son, Jeff of Caldwell. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Marilynn Young of Salem, OR, Cheryl Williams of Homedale and Sandy (Jerry) Watson of Nampa as well as brother-in-law, Ted (Wanda) Rayne of Middleton. There are also numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Clair loved people and was a great story teller. Those who knew him will miss his story telling.
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 30, 2014
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