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Information for Lambertus "Bert" Bobbink
21 May, 1899
3 November, 1990
From the Idaho Press-Tribune
November, 1990
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Lambertus Bobbink

     Lambertus "Bert" 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 Bob Bates.
     Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, three sisters, a daughter and two great-granddaughters.
     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.