Information for Robert Elsworth Poe
13 September 1913 - 5 June 1997
From The Idaho Press-Tribune
8 June 1997
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo



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Robert Poe

     Robert E. Poe, 83, of Meridian, died on Thursday, June 5, 1997, at a Nampa care center.  Memorial services will be held at the College Church of the Nazarene, 504 Dewey Ave. in Nampa on Tuesday, June 10, 1997, at 2 p.m.  Pastors Daniel Ketchum and Winston Ketchum will officiate.
    Robert E. Poe was born on Sept. 13, 1913, in Konnarock, Virginia, the son of James and Lula Poe.  Bob was one of 10 children.  He was raised on the family farm in Virginia until age 12 when he went to work in the silk mills in Tennessee and has been on his own since.  Bob came to Idaho at the age of 15 to be with relatives in the Filer area and spent his 16th birthday working in Joseph, OR for Walter Brennan.  He settled for some time in the Filer area where he farmed and owned Gem Manufacturing.  Bob married Bernice K. Kalbfleisch on March 25, 1943, in Filer, Idaho.  During WWII he worked as a welder in the Todd-Pacific Shipyards in Tacoma, WA working on military vessels.  He spent most of the rest of his adult life working as a welder on heavy construction projects such as Boundary Dam, Grand Coulee 3rd Powerhouse and Lower Granite Dam.  Over the years, he also spent time working for Gate City Steel, Bunting Tractor, Harris Brothers and Morrison Knudsen, all in Boise.  In the spring of 1974 Bob was injured while working on Lower Granite Dam and was forced to retire.  In the spring of 1975, Bob and Bernice moved back to the Treasure Valley and made their home in Meridian.
    Bob is survived by his wife, Bernice K. Poe, Meridian; daughter, Arlene Morrison in Arizona; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Carol Poe, Nampa; 4 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 sisters, Ruby Hood, Fairfax, Virginia, and Ennice Spencer, Daytona Beach, Florida.  He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
    The family suggests memorial contributions in Bob's name to the Northwest Nazarene College General Scholarship Fund, 623 Holly Street, Nampa, Idaho, 83686.


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