Gray Birch -  Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho


Annette Bloom- Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Gray A. Birch

  Gray Adair Birch 93, a longtime resident of St. Anthony passed away Oct. 9, 2015 in the Homestead Assisted Living Center in St. Anthony.

He was born May 29, 1922 in Wilford, Idaho the son, of Georgie Sherman Ziemer and Earl Birch. He attended Franklin Elementary school for 6 years and then came into town to St. Anthony to continue his education. In high school he played football and enjoyed the game all his life. He graduated from Ricks College. He enlisted in the Marine Corps for the duration of WW2 serving in the South Pacific he participated in the beach landing on Saipan and Tinian in the Marianas. He returned and used the GI Bill to attend the Utah State University.

After graduation he married Althea Bradshaw on Jan. 29, 1949 at her parents home in Egin, Idaho. They were later sealed in the Idaho Fall LDS Temple. Althea passed away March 21, 2012.

He worked in the Fremont County Schools for 39 years, first as a teacher then as an elementary school principal. When he retired, he and Althea served a LDS mission in the Canada, Montreal Mission. They later served as temple workers for 12 years in the Idaho Falls and Rexburg Temples. He was a active member of the St. Anthony Rotary Club and served as its secretary for many years. He supported many community events and served in numerous church callings. He enjoyed camping and picnics with his family but his favorite activity was sitting by the fire in their living room with his wife on a chilly evening.

He is survived by his children - JoLyn (Steven) Wallace, Fruit Heights, UT.; Eric Birch, Alpine, UT.; Warren (Kathleen) Birch, Casper, Wy. 16 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren and his daughter-in-law Jerrolyn Birch, a brother Gene Birch Springville, UT. He was preceided in death by his parents and wife he was preceded in death by an infant daughter Alysn Birch , a son Dennis Birch and a sister Shirley Clark.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Anthony 3rd and 4th LDS ward Chapel with Bishop Rod Perkins, presiding. Friends may call at the Bidwell Funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. and at the Church Wednesday one hour prior to the Services. Burial will be in the Parker Cemetery where military rites will be performed. The family would like to thank the staff and management of the Homestead for the kind and loving care to their father. Condolences may be sent to


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