Arthur Taddicken, Sr., passed away peacefully in his sleep and into the
presence of his savior, Jesus Christ, in the early morning hours of January 4,
2018, at the age of 97. Jack was the last surviving child of 12 born to Edward
Albert and Gertrude Lewellen Taddicken.
was born on March 22, 1920. As a teenager in Iowa during the great depression
work he could find.
Railroad (Burlington Route) paid 50 cents per hour for snow removal on the
platforms, which he said was really good money! He also performed other jobs
for the railroad and worked at Owen’s Bakery in Creston, Iowa. In August of
1940 he married Betty O’Riley and in September of 1941 they welcomed their first
son Jack Arthur Taddicken, Jr.
the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jack enlisted in the US Army in April of 1942.
Jack served with the 7
Division in the Aleutian Islands (Kiska), Philippines (Leyte Gulf), Marshall
Islands, & Ryukyus (Okinawa). Jack was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak
Leaf Cluster for actions during the Leyte Operation and the Purple Heart for
wounds received on Okinawa; he was also awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge.
the months following the war Jack worked loading mail for the railroad in
then enlisted in the US Air Force in December 1947, where he served as a baker
until April of 1953. Upon separating from the Air Force Jack operated a
Cove, California. A second son, Dennis Lee Taddicken, was born in January 1955,
thereafter Jack moved the family to Boise.
was very much a blue-collar man. He said his favorite occupation was baker, a
position he held with several grocery stores in Boise. He also owned a
restaurant, painted and cleaned houses, performed general labor and repairs,
and owned and operated several service stations in Boise.
Jack also volunteered many hundreds of hours
to the Boise Police Department assisting the fleet specialist well into his
loved to fish, raised a large garden in his north end backyard, & was a man
of faith & an active member of Whitney Baptist Church in Boise and First
Southern Baptist Church in Mojave for many years.
and Betty were married until her death in 2002. Jack was preceded in death by
Lee Taddicken, Sr., and a grandson, Dennis Lee Taddicken, Jr. He is survived by
Jack Arthur Taddicken, Jr. and his wife Mary; Becka Taddicken (Mrs. Dennis
7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great- grandchildren. We
the extra years we had with him and will miss him greatly.
memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 12, 2018, at Whitney
Baptist Church, 2309 Dorian Street, Boise, ID 83705.