Robert S. "Bob"
McArthur, 81, of Nampa, died Tuesday, March
12, 1996, at home. Funeral
services will be held at the
Church at 2 p.m. Friday,
March 15. Rev.
Thomas Larson will officiate with graveside Masonic Rite
services following at 4 p.m. at the Wilder
under the direction of Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel,
Robert was born
March 30, 1914, on his father's homestead one mile South of
Greenleaf, ID, a son of Ward Duncan McArthur and Geneva
Myrtle Bullock. At
age six he moved with his family to Central Cove Community
where he finished grammar school.
He attended two
years at John Marshal Junior High in
Pasadena, CA, spent his junior year at Boise High, and graduated
from Wilder High School in 1933.
Bob spent the
winter of 1933-34 in C. C. Camp at Riggins, ID.
He then met Martha
Ulrich in Central Cove and they were married December 9,
1935, at the Baptist parsonage in Weiser.
their 60th Wedding Anniversary on December 9, 1995.
Bob worked five
years on the railroad during WWII and spent most of his life
in farm equipment sales in Canyon and Owyhee counties. Bob
and Martha returned to Wilder in 1955 where Bob served on
the City Council. They
retired to Nampa in 1975.
Throughout most of their married life they were
active members of the
Bob was very
active in the Masonic Lodge, York and Scottish Rite Bodies,
Cryptic Masons, Knights Templar, Eastern Star and Royal Arch
Masons. He served as
Worshipful Master of Silver City Lodge and Grand Historian
for Grand Lodge. Bob
received the Bronze Medal for Meritorious Service from the
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in 1988.
He also received
honorary degrees for Knights Templar — the Red Cross of
and in the Royal Order of Scotland.
Bob and Martha
had four children, three daughters, Alta Staley of
Tempe, AZ, Lucile who lives with her husband Bill Leavell in Boise, Margaret Dodson also of Boise; and a son, Robert Andrew who lives with
his wife Conni in Kuna. They
were also blessed with ten grandchildren and nineteen
is survived by two brothers, Floyd and his wife Frances of
Boise, Jean and his wife Grace of Earp, CA.
He was preceded
in death by his sister, Linna.
Bob was a loving
husband, father and brother who will be greatly missed by
his family and the communities he served.
given to a favorite charity, Knights Templar Eye Foundation,
Hospice, or flowers may be sent.
Friends may call
until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until noon Friday at
Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel.