Phil R. Church, 71, of Wilder, died Wednesday, April 26, 1995,
at home. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 1, 1995, at the Wilder Cemetery, with the Reverend
David Kegley officiating. Services are under the
direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Phil was born September 18, 1923, at Wilder, Idaho, son
of Bovb and Myrtle Church. He attended school at Wilder
and graduated from Wilder High School in 1942. He served
in the Army in the Philippines and Korea from 1943 to 1945,
and then returned home to farm with his father.
He and Thelma were married onNovember 11, 1960, and
together they raised Rick, Scott, Chris and Kathie.
Phil was a 38-year member of the Caldwell Elks.
He felt strongly about the Elks Lodge being involved with
For several years Phil enjoyed his cabin at Donnelly,
snowmobiling in the winter months and playing in the lake with
his kids, grandkids and friends in the summer. But most
of all, he loved the land and he spent a lifetime farming it.
He enjoyed watching the crops come up and also caring for his
cattle each year.
"Why do you farm," people ask me
"If the future is so bleak?
Why keep on losing money
When another job you could seek?"
I look at them, they'll never know.
How will they understand?
The joy, the pride, the peace I feel,
When standing on his land.
Phil is survived by his wife, Thelma; sons and
daughter-in-law, Rick and Lori church of Parma, Scott and
Barbara Church of Vancouver, Washington, and Chris and Felisa
Churchof Juneau, Alaska; and his daughter and son-in-law,
Kathie and Neil Macleod of Wilder. He had eleven
grandchildren, Duncan, Alexander, Katie, Sarah and Andy
MacLeod, Gabrielle, and Jeff Church, Jesse and Sean Church,
and Tony and Phillip Chruch. Also surviving is his
sister, Lois Church of Wilder; and his nephew, Kenne Metzer of
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister,
Memorials may be made to the Wilder Quick Response
Unit, P.O. Box 151, Wilder, 83676, or to the Golden Gate
Baptist church, Wilder, 83676.