Bobbink, 91, of Caldwell, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 1990, at the
home of his daughter. Private graveside services were
held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Hillcrest Memorial
Gardens, Caldwell. Raymond A. Thompson, minister of United
Methodist Church, officiated. Services were under the
direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Lambertus was born May 21, 1899, the sixth of eight
children, to Lambertus and Berendje (Koenders) Bobbink in
Zutphen, The Netherlands, where he was reared and educated.
He served in World War I as an MP, patrolling the border
between Germany and The Netherlands.
After his discharge from the service in 1920, he
immigrated to ?America, landing in the United States on his 21
birthday. He first settled in Iowa, where he worked for
his aunt and uncle, the Lyftchogts. Lambertus later
homesteaded near Timberlake, S.D., where he farmed, owned a
coal mine and a service station, and where he met his future
wife, Mary Maybelle Murray. They were married on her
birthday, Jan. 14, 1927, at Timberlake. Two daughters
were born to them there, Laurel Louise and Mary Joy.
In 1935 he moved his family to Idaho, settling in the
Middleton-Star area, where he farmed and did custom combining.
After retiring, he bought a farm in Long Valley, in the
McCall-Donnelly area, where they spent their summers,
wintering in Star. He later sold the farms and built a
home in Caldwell.
Bert and Maybelle loved to travel. They visited
Canada and Alaska and criss-crossed the rest of the United
several times. Bert was tremendously proud of his Dutch
heritage. He traveled to his beloved homeland on two
occasions, taking his daughter and son-in-law and a
granddaughter on his second trip in 1987.
His wife passed away in 1985. Shortly thereafter,
Bert went to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and
Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his
parents, four brothers, three sisters, a daughter and two
He is survived by a daughter, Mary of Caldwell; six
grandchildren, Jerry Nicolls of Saucier, Miss., Cyndi Snyder
of Greenleaf, Shelly Archibald, Caldwell, TaraLynn Bates
Camiel of Bainbridge Island, Wash., Lambert Shane Bates,
Caldwell, and Kim McWaters of Weiser; 10 great-grandchildren;
and numerous relatives in The Netherlands.
Daddy, Grandpa, you were dearly loved and touched our
lives and will be deeply missed.