Glen E. Kirkpatrick, 92, a former Blackfoot resident, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 in Portland, Oregon of age related illness.
Glen was born June 3, 1921on his grandfather’s homestead on Riverton Road in Blackfoot to James and Mary Cotton Kirkpatrick. He was the grandson of William and Henage Garrett Kirkpatrick, one of the first homesteaders in the Blackfoot area, arriving in 1866. He spent his youth helping his father farm.
He attended school in Blackfoot, and high school at Gem State Academy in Caldwell. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He fell in love and married Oral Felsted on September 3, 1944 in Dillon, Mont. They had five children.
Glen joined the Army during World War II. He was given the job of a cook and helped prepare many meals for the troops during the war.
When he returned from the war they moved to the Firth area, where he started farming. They then moved to Rockford, and eventually bought a home in Thomas, where they raised their family.. He loved farming and raised some of the best hay in the area. Glen also milked cows for several years. They worked hard at farming and raising their family.
Glen was also a talented carpenter and was employed by his father-in-law, Edwin Felsted, who taught him his carpenter skills, and Lou Ellsworth, both of whom he greatly admired. He helped build many of the churches and homes in the Blackfoot area. He enjoyed swathing hay and took up contracting hay swathing and baling hay. Glen and Oral divorced in 1977.
Glen married Leona Moore, Aug. 27, 1977. They spent the later years of their lives, first in the Thomas area and then moved to Sandpoint. There they cut down trees and opened a clearing where they built first a shop with a small apartment in it, and then a beautiful home. They planted a garden that took over Glen's love for farming and raised many plants that kept them busy harvesting and canning each year. Because of the weather making life difficult to continue living in Sandpoint, the snow reaching over the roof of their home they decided to sell and move down to the Caldwell area, where Leona was raised, and the winters are much milder.
There they enjoyed a lovely home that looked over the Snake River, and again took up their favorite pastime of gardening. A couple of years after Leona’s death, Glen decided to sell their home, and eventually moved to the Portland, Ore., area where his son, Fred and daughter, Ellen, and step-daughter, Sylvia lived.
He is survived by his children, Glenda (Lanny) Slater of San Diego, Calif.; Dean (Trudy) Kirkpatrick of Blackfoot; Fred (Sally) Kirkpatrick and Ellen (Jim) Montgomery of Portland, Ore.;. stepchildren, Sylvia Hornback of Portland, Ore.; Nadine (John) Yarlot of Sandpoint; 37 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren and 2 great-great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Harold and Charles Kirkpatrick and his sisters, Louise (Bob) Dechant, and Mildred (Gene) Christensen, his wife, Leona and his daughter, Elaine Kirkpatrick, stepson, Norman Newton and stepdaughter Naomi Newton.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.
The family will meet with friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home
Cremation services took place in Portland, Ore. His cremains will be buried in the VA Cemetery in Boise. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .