Cecil Alloy Cherry, 73, of Meridian, Idaho, died Monday, May
4, 1992, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May
8. at the Cherry Lane, LDS Chapel at Cherry Lane and 2nd West
Street in Meridian, ID. Burial will be at the Hillcrest
Memorial Gardens, Caldwell.
The eldest son of Alloy and Leone Talbot Cherry, Cecil
was born in Fairview, Utah, on Jan. 25, 1919. He
graduated from Preston High School in 1937, and served a
two-year mission for the LDS Church.
He served in the military during WWII from 1942
to 1945, and eventually piloted B-24 bombers in Italy.
He married Beth Neeley on July, 1944, while home on leave
before going overseas.
After the war, Cecil and Beth lived in Cache Valley
before moving to the Black Canyon farming district west of
Caldwell, Idaho, where they built a farm out of 80 acres of
In 1950 they moved to Nampa and Cecil started a
construction business, eventually to become one of the most
prominent masonry contractors in the state of Idaho.
In 1962, Cecil moved his family to Meridian where he
later retired from contraction. He was involved in many
other projects and enterprises until his death.
He served in many positions in the LDS Church
throughout his life, including Bishop and Temple worker.
He was a devoted husband and father, and a good neighbor and
friend, and counselor to all he knew.
He is survived by his wife, Beth; four sons, Kim Cherry
of Boise, Ryan Cherry of Salt Lake City, Quinn Cherry of
Portland, Oregon, and Brent Cherry, serving at Fort Butler in
Okinawa, Japan; two daughters, Sharlene Peterson of Boise and
LaNae Cherry of Meridian; and seventeen grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister who died at age 8,
and his parents.
Memorials may be made to the MISTI Hospice of Boise,
Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Relyea
Funeral at 318 N. Latah in Boise, and from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
prior to the funeral services at Cherry Lane LDS Church in