Funeral services for Arthur Robertson Myers, 94, who died
quietly in his sleep while visiting his daughter, Edith
Pinto, in Spokane, Washington, will be held at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday November 1, 1995, at the Greenleaf Friends Church,
Greenleaf, Idaho. Pastors Kenneth Pitts and Steve Fine
will officiate. Burial will follow at the Greenleaf
Cemetery, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel,
Mr. Myers, who was born
January 19, 1901, at Clarke County, Iowa, was diagnosed with
Cancer in November of 1994, but had continued to travel,
visiting family and enjoying adventures until shortly before
Arthur Myers' life
exemplified the true Idaho pioneer spirit. He began
with four cows loaned to him from the herd his father had
started in 1912. Descendants of the original herd have
been kept in the family. Arthur remained on the
80-acre farm purchased in 1914 for most of his life.
Arthur attended grade schools in Wilder and Greenleaf after
moving to the area. He graduated from Greenleaf Academy
where he had played on the school's first football team.
In January of 1925 he married his high school sweetheart,
Rachel Selby. Together they reared four children;
Edith, Leroy, Dorothy and Rosa. They were active in
the Greenleaf Friends Church and did missionary work in
nearby migrant labor camps in the '50s and '60s.
Arthur loved to explore on horseback and was a member of the
Greenleaf Riding Club. He continued to ride with the Club
well into his 80s. He especially enjoyed trips into the
Owyhees where he delighted in finding thundereggs, agates,
arrowheads, wild horse heads and other desert treasures.
He often took his children and grandchildren with him on
his dairy operation well beyond traditional retirement age,
sometimes with part-time help from his dear friend Ysidro
Macias and others. At the age of 78, he fought the
effort of Dairyman's Creamery to eliminate the use of milk
can shipping and helped organize over 200 small dairy
farmers in the resistance to changes that would put them out
of business. As part of his resistance, he gave away
milk to residents in the Caldwell area for nearly two
Arthur Myers adored children
and always had time and patience for the many children that
called him "Grandpa." He took delight in learning and
in meeting new people. After his retirement from
milking cows in 1985, he spent about two years in Whittier,
California, where he volunteered at a riding stable, shod
miniature horses and amazed visitors and staff with his
wisdom, agility and energy.
never seemed concerned about material possessions, but
sought to know and understand the diverse world around him.
After retirement and the death of his second wife in 1987,
he spent time traveling. In the last three years
of his life he visited the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma
City, attended family reunions, returned to his birth place
in Iowa, rode a camel and an elephant in Southern California
and raised miniature horses. In February of 1995 he
fulfilled a lifelong dream of going to Alaska. He
attended his great-granddaughter's sled-dog races, watched a
musher train for the Iditarod, rode a dog sled in freezing
weather and got kissed by a wolf. He drove his newly
acquired horse and cart as the Grand Marshall in the July 4,
1995, Greenleaf Parade.
Rachel died in January of 1983. In April of 1984 he
married a longtime family friend Myrtle Brightup. She
died in 1987.
He was preceded in death
by a grandson David Brown.
survived by a sister, Ruth Cammack and her husband Albert of
Salem, Oregon; a brother, Reverend Lyman L. Myers and his
wife Dorothy of Dayton, Oregon; his daughter, Edith Pinto
and her husband Gilbert of Spokane, Washington, Dorothy
Teter of Baker City, Oregon, and Rosa Zavala of El Centro,
Calitornia; a son, Reverend Leroy V. Myers and his wife
Florence of Beaver Creek, Oregon; 17 grandchildren; 35
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
long, healthy and peaceful life was an inspiration to all
who knew him to accept and enjoy life, to love and trust God
and to meet each challenge with gentle compassion. He
will truly be missed by friends and family.
The family suggests that memorials be given to Greenleaf
Friends Academy. Friends may call Wednesday from 9 a.m.
until noon at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.