Richard Elton Birdsall, 88, passed away peacefully with his family at his side in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, June 30, 2007. Richard was born Feb. 16, 1919, to William Birdsall and Iona Hill Birdsall in Fruitland, Idaho.
He attended Fruitland schools through high school, graduating in 1937. Richard was the youngest of four siblings including one brother, Robert, and two sisters, Ruth and Gayle. Following high school, Richard attended the College of Idaho (now Albertson College of Idaho) in Caldwell, Idaho on an athletic scholarship where he excelled in several sports. He left school before graduating to join the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served with distinction during World War II as a B-24 flight instructor. He was discharged with honors with the rank of Captain on November 30, 1945.
While stationed at Kirtland Airfield in Albuquerque, N.M., he met and eventually married the love of his life, Nancy Elaine Walker, on March 1, 1945. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage before her death in 1996.
Following the war, Richard and Nancy settled in Parma, Idaho, during which time two sons, William C. and James A. were born. It was a busy and loving household during those years at which time Nancy’s mother, Katherine Walker, came to live with them. Richard worked for his brother-in-law, George Anderson, managing the Rose Locker Plant (cold storage) in Parma.
The family moved from Parma in 1957 to Lexington, where Richard went to work for another brother-in-law and sister, Fred and Ruth Vollenweider, in the apple growing business.
He had a long and successful career managing Vollenweider Farms, Inc., at Lexington, retiring in 1991.
Richard and Nancy were very involved in the Lexington community and developed many strong friendships there. They were both well known in town and they are missed by all.
In March of this year, Richard relocated to Boise, Idaho, to be closer to his two sons, William (Farmington, N.M.) and James (Boise), and their families. He was very much looking forward to this move and returning to his “Idaho roots.”
Richard is survived by two sisters, Gayle Anderson of Boise, Idaho and Ruth Vollenweider of Cassville, and his sons, William C. Birdsall (Jeanie) of Farmington, N.M., and James A. Birdsall (Bobbie) of Boise.
Also surviving are his grandchildren: Laura Birdsall Mundy (Matt), William Birdsall, Bailey Cole, Makinsey Cole and Hunter Cole as well as several nieces and nephews and their families.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m.. Saturday, July 21, 2007 at the Presbyterian Church in Lexington.
Arrangements under the direction of Walker-Nadler-Fuller Funeral Home, Lexington.