Norman Eugene Caulk, 96, of Boise finished the good race on
July 30, 2017. He was born in Salmon,
Idaho on April 28, 1921 to Nick and Jessie Mihu. He lived there with his family until he was
in the first grade when he and his brothers and sister were gathered up and put
on a train to be taken to the Children’s Home on Warm Springs in Boise. He stayed there for 4 years, being sent out
each school year to a rural community to fill the schools. When he was 10 he was adopted by Addie Caulk
to be with his brother George and he moved to the Squaw Butte in Emmett,
ID. He graduated from Emmett High School
in 1939. He attended NNC for one year
and then moved to Boise where her met our mother Doryce Coryell. They were married on December 8, 1941, yes
the day after war was declared. Dad
served in the army in World War II and spent 2 years in the European
theater. That service included his claim
to fame as a survivor of the sinking of the Leopoldville in the English Channel
on Christmas Eve 1944 as well as being awarded the Bronze Star for heroism and
courage while saving another soldiers life under fire from Nazi Forces. We are proud of his service. Dad never seemed to know a stranger. He loved his country, his family and the Lord
Dad and Mom had 5 children, Stanley, Jeff, Linda, Jim and
Brent. Dad tried his hand at farming but
they eventually moved to Curtis Rd (right were St. Al’s is today) where we all
grew up, spent time with family, school and church activities. They lived and worked in Boise at several
jobs, the most historically notable the Allumbaugh Dairy, Stanley Home
Products, Idaho Candy Company, Gate City Steel and the State Highway District
office where he retired in 1982.
Dad lost Doryce on April 4, 2003 and began his last tough
adventure in life without the love of his life.
Norm is survived by his 5 children, Stanley Caulk (Maureen), Jeffrey
Caulk (Gloria), Linda Anthony (Kevin), Jim Caulk (Vivian) and Brent Caulk as
well as his brother Stan Bills of Tacoma, WA and Sister-in-law Elaine Wilson of
Meridian. Also 10 grandchildren and 12
great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Any Memorial donations can be sent to the Boise Rescue
Mission. Dad sent them $10 per month as
long as we can remember.
A committal service with military honors will be
held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Idaho State Veterans
Cemetery. An escorted procession will
leave Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel at 10:20 a.m. to go to the committal. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m.
at Boise New Hope, Church of the Nazarene.
The family would like to thank Spring Creek Overland for
being so kind in caring for dad at his last address this side of heaven.