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