Obituary for Richard R. Cate
10 October, 1921 - 9 March, 1986
From The Idaho Press-Tribune,
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Services for Richard R. Cate, 64, of Middleton, who died
Sunday, March 9, in a Boise hospital of natural causes, will
be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Middleton United Methodist
The Rev. Mark Johnson will officiate, under the
direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Caldwell. Burial
will follow at the Middleton Cemetery.
Mr. Cate was born Oct. 10, 1921, at Grand View.
He moved with his family to Texas. His father died in
1926. His family then moved to Middleton. He
attended school in Middleton, graduating from Middleton High
School in 1941.
he attended the Weiser Institute, where he studied
commercial painting, then worked as a painter.
He joined the U.S. Navy in September 1942, serving in
the Asiatic and Pacific campaigns, and was honorably
discharged in January 1946.
He returned to the Treasure Valley and married Patrice
Codrey Nov. 2, 1948, at Wilder. They lived in Nampa and,
Mr. Cate worked as a tax consultant for the state of
Idaho, and sold Farmers Insurance at Middleton. He
worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for more than 30 years.
He retired in 1982.
He married Violet Book May 21, 1982, at Middleton.
He was a past member of the Middleton IOOF Lodge No. 52
and the Middleton Grange. he was also a member of the
Middleton United Methodist Church, Caldwell Elks No. 1448,
Union Pacific Oldtimers Club No. 14, the BRAC, the Boise Knife
and Fork Dinner Club, and sang in the adult choir at the
Middleton United Methodist Church for a number of years.
He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed gardening and
refurbishing old furniture.
He is survived by his wife of Middleton; a son and
daughter-in-law, Emmett and Kathleen Cate of Boise; a son,
Robert Cate of forest Grove, Ore.; two daughters and
sons-in-law, Linda and Dennis Allen, and Wanda and Bill
Miller, all of Boise; two stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law,
Judy and Jim Simpson of San Diego, and Cathy and Monty
Richardson of Middleton; five brothers, John Cate of Chehalis,
Wash., Dr. William Cate of Bellevue, Wash., J. Howard Moberly
of Anchorage, Alaska, Lewis Moberly of Payette and Verl
Moberly of Salt Lake City; nine grandchildren; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Middleton United Methodist
Church building fund.
Friends may call today until 8 p.m. at the Flahiff
Chapel in Caldwell.