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Obituary for Cecil Alloy Cherry
25 January, 1919 - 4 May, 1992
From The Idaho Press Tribune,
dated May, 1992
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Cecil Cherry

     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 sagebrush.
     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, Idaho.
     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 Meridian.