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Information for Harold F Coles Sr.
31 October, 1922 28 December, 1996
December, 1996
From the Idaho Press Tribune
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Harold Coles Sr.

     Harold F. Coles Sr., 74, of Nampa, passed away, Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, after a courageous battle with cancer.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, officiated by Rev. Jim Hardenbrook of the Church of the Brethren, Nampa.  Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Caldwell.
     Harold was born on Oct. 31, 1922, at South Whitley, Indiana.
     He moved to Missouri at age 2, finishing elementary school in a one room building in Barton County.
     In 1936 his family moved to Wilder, staying in a tent along the way with many other "dust bowlers" of that time.  Harold graduated from Wilder High School in 1941, moving to Ingelwood, California, to attend California Flyers School, then work for North American Aviation.
     Harold entered the U.S. Army in 1942, serving overseas in the European, African, and Middle East Theaters.  He returned to Wilder in 1945, and in 1947 became an original member  of Tank Company, 116th Armored Calvary, Idaho National Guard in Caldwell.  He also served in active duty during the Berlin Crisis in 1961 to 1962.
     He married Una Dell Otto March 17, 1951, and together they developed a farm near Lake Lowell, under the Desert Entry Act, one of the early well irrigation projects in the county.
     In 1965 Harold went to work as a heavy equipment instructor at the Marsing Job Corps.  In 1971 he was appointed to Bureau Chief, Dept. of Administration, State of Idaho by Governor Cecil Andrus, where he worked until his retirement.
     Harold had 38 years of combined service in the Army, National Guard, and the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Major.  He farmed full time and part time with his sons until his death.  He was a  life member of the Reserve Officers Association, a member of the American Legion, Nampa Post #18, and a life member of the Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448.
     He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was an outdoors person by nature.
     Harold was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
     He is survived by four sons, Charles N. Alexander of Boise, Harold F. Coles Jr. and Chris H. Coles of Nampa, and Terry J. Coles of Meridian; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Riley J. Coles of Parma; one sister, Louise Emry of Kuna, and, a close companion, Marjorie Windsor, Nampa.
     Friends may call from 5 to 8  p.m. today at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
     The family suggests memorials be made to the Mercy Medical Center Hospice, Nampa, Idaho.