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Information for Richard Allen Francis

23 June, 1911 - 16 May, 1987

From the Idaho Press-Tribune

May, 1987

Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Richard Francis

    Services for Richard Allen Francis, 75, of Nampa, who died Saturday, May 16 in the Nampa hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Alsip Funeral Chapel.
    The Rev. Kenneth Britt of the Nampa First Christian Church will officiate.  Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
    Mr. Francis was born June 23, 1911, at Broken Bow, Neb., to Charles and Bertha Johansen Francis.  He was reared and began his education in Broken Bow.  He later went to Casper, Wyo., where he continued his schooling, graduating from high school there.
    He married Mildred E. Lee Aug. 25, 1931, at Broken Bow, where they made their home.  While there, they owned and operated a general mercantile store.  They later sold the store and started farming.  In 1938, they moved to Wyoming where they ranched.  They later moved to Idaho and settled in Nampa where they had since resided.  Mr. Francis worked for Pacific Fruit Express shops in Nampa for several years, retiring as night watchman.  He also worked for the Idaho State School and Hospital in Nampa for 5 1/2 years.
    He was a member of the Nampa First Christian Church.  He was also a member of Union Pacific Railroad Junior Old Timers Club No. 18.; UPRR Old Times Club No. 14; Ashlar Lodge No. 90, AF & AM; Nampa Eagles lodge No. 2103; and the Nampa Loyal Order of Moose.  They were also members and helped organize the UPRR Good Sam Railroad Club, and the Nampa Good Sam Travel Club.
    He enjoyed the outdoors and was involved in RV camping, fishing and duck hunting.
    He is survived by his wife of Nampa; three daughters, Betty (Mr. John) White and Lois Francis, both of Nampa, and Louise Cummings of Boise; a brother, Louis Francis of Broken Bow; two sisters, Alice Fisher of Casper and Effie Anderson of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters and a granddaughter.
    Memorials may be made to the Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, 2004 Fort Place, Boise 83702; or flowers may be sent.
    Friends may call today until 9 p.m., Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until noon at the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa.

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