Walter Taylor Greaves, 94, of Blackfoot passed away Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home in Pocatello.
Walter was born Dec. 4, 1916, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George Edward Greaves and Minna Frieda Andra. He spent part of his youth in the Salt Lake area. He moved to Pingree about the age of 8 with his family. His family worked for a while on a farm there. From there, they moved to Rose. He went to school in Wapello, finishing the fifth grade.
He and his brother went to stay with other families to work and earn money for their mother and sisters. He was a hard worker.
As he grew older, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He learned a lot of working skills there. He served in the infantry from Jan. 14, 1937, to July 3 1939. On Aug. 18, 1941, he entered the military again. He served in Texas, California and twice in Hawaii, which he enjoyed and talked about fondly. He was honorably discharged Nov. 30, 1944, in Spokane, Wash. While in the service he was a marksman with the M-1 rifle and his specialty was in the cannon pool. He earned the American Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal. He always wanted to go back to Hawaii to see the friends he made there, but he was never able to go back. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV.
After he was discharged, he came back to Blackfoot where he met Betty Louise Fisher. They married Sept. 23, 1945, in Blackfoot. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 13, 1967.
He worked for a while in Sterling tending sheep and farming. They moved back to Blackfoot where they built a home on Riverton Road.
They had four children, Mary Jane, Linda Lee, Scott Walter and Ronald Joe. He worked for the government on the desert for the Atomic Energy Commission as a carpenter at the central facility for 32 years. He also worked at the east gate at the Fair for 48 years. They gave him a lifetime pass when he couldn’t work anymore. He loved the fair and didn’t miss a year going there. Even when he was in the Veteran’s Home in Pocatello he went with the group to see the fair.
After Betty passed away, he married Artie Pendlebury. They were happy together traveling and visiting Artie’s family in Washington and Florida. They were good years.
He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as Scoutmaster and Cubmaster. He and Betty loved the Scouting program and were longtime Scouters.
He is survived by his children, Mary Jane (Robert) Sims of Firth, Linda Lee Christiansen and Scott Walter (Diane) Greaves of Blackfoot and Ronald Joe (Kathryn) Greaves of Coralville, Iowa; sister, Ada (Fred) Shortman of Euphrata, Wash.; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; wife Artie; parents; brother George Andra Greaves; sisters, Elizabeth(Betty) Stroschein, Marian Yancey, Hazel Lemitz, Gayla Bruce, Rosalie Brown, Nada Shaffer, Jane Updike, Janet Greaves and Lucy Scharader.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011, at Grove City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Hawker Funeral Home in Blackfoot.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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