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,
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
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
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
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.