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Gerald (Gerry) Lee Diffendaffer

Gerald (Gerry) Lee Diffendaffer

Gerald (Gerry) Lee Diffendaffer passed away at home on Friday, March 24, with family by his side. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 7 in the Cathedral of the Rockies followed by a gathering of friends and family in the Fellowship Hall.

Gerry was born in Valentine, Nebraska on May 16, 1936. He attended Boise High School and received a BA from Boise State. He served in the Naval Reserve and Air National Guard. He was a “Jack of all Trades,” working in the bakery industry, safety engineering, teaching, and whatever else it took to support his family. His skills were numerous and included carpentry, electro-mechanical work, and “fixing things.” He loved to talk with people and had a talent for getting strangers to tell him their life stories and troubles. He was a pilot, and loved sharing his Model-T Runabout. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and of the local Model-T club.

Survivors include his wife, Judi; sons, Bryan and wife Claudia of Boise; Paul and wife Laurie of Grants Pass, Oregon; daughter, Lori Smith of Boise; grandchildren Jonathan Gildersleeve, Carol Smith, and Kelda Diffendaffer; great-grandson, Milo Gildersleeve; sister, Edna Waldram and husband Dick of Boise; and numerous cousins, nephew and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Eva Diffendaffer, and brothers James and Clifford Diffendaffer.


Memorials are suggested to the Women and Children’s Alliance or the City of Light, both in Boise.
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