Information for Arthur Robertson Myers
19 January, 1901 - 26 October, 1995
The Idaho Press-Tribune
31 October, 1995

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Arthur Myers
    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, Caldwell.
    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 his death.
    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 these adventures.
    Arthur continued 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 months.
    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.
    Arthur 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.
    Arthur's wife 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.
    He is 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.
    His 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.



 

 

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