Information for Gurnsey Harlan Abbott
31 May, 1898 - 13 December, 1991
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
dated 13 December, 1991
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Gurnsey Harlan Abbott, 93, of Parma, died Friday, December 13,
1991 at a Caldwell care center. Memorial services will
be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 17, 1991 at Sterry
Memorial Presbyterian Church, Roswell. Private interment
will be at the Roswell Cemetery. Services are under the
direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Officiating
will be Rev. William Webster of Sterry Memorial Presbyterian
Church and Rev. Ray Wilson of Ontario, Oregon.
Mr. Abbott was born May 31, 1898 at Chenoa, Illinois to
Arthur C. and Ina Abbott. In 1900, he came with his
parents to Idaho and they established a home on a farm just
wes of Roswell. He received his elementary and high
school education at Roswell and was in the first graduating
class of the Roswell High School in 1916. He then
attended college in Redlands, California for one year and then
went to Oregon State University in Corvallis where he
graduated in 1920. While enrolled there he was in the
Army Training Program and then served during World War I.
He married Rita Fletcher in August of 1920 in Salem
Oregon and they returned to Roswell where he started farming
and raised their family. He was always interested in
community affairs. Mr. Abbott served many years on the
School Board, was secretary and a board member of the
Riverside Drainage and Irrigation Districts for twenty-nine
years, served on the Roswell Cemetery Board for many years and
was also active in the Senior Citizens functions and the
Historical Society. He was a member of Sterry Memorial
Presbyterian Church for seventy years and served as an elder
for several terms.
Mr. Abbott is survived by all of his eight children;
Marvin Abbott and wife, Arlene of Parma; Orville Abbott of
Carmichael, California; Norman Abbot and wife, Katherine of
Meridian, Ardith and husband, David Fretwell of Marysville,
Washington, Walter Abbott and wife, Sheila of Parma, Leslie
Abbott of Parma, Raymond Abbott and wife, Margie of Parma, and
Irma and J.D. Scott of Caldwell; twenty six grandchildren,
fifty great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1952, his
father in 1906 and his mother in 1917.