Harold De Boer, 84, of Castleford, passed away March 11, 2013 at his home.
Harold was born in Ulrum, Netherlands to Jantje and Lammert De Boer on October 13, 1928. After attending schools and college he worked on the family farm. In 1952, he emigrated to Southern California, where he worked on a dairy farm, lumberyard and eventually became a truck driver.
He married Gladys Verboom on October 10, 1958 in Paramount, Ca.. Together they had five sons. Harold eventually became an owner-operator in the trucking business, hauling hay to various dairies.
In 1979, he moved the family to Castleford, Id., where he bought Harold's United Service, which became a family operated business. Harold mainly delivered the fuel, son Dan doing the mechanic work, sons Bill and Jim worked there after school and during vacations. Gladys did the bookkeeping and running for parts. In 1998, when Dan went out on his own, in Wendell, the business was scaled down to just fuels. He ran the business by himself until he retired in 2003.
Harold was an original member of the Castleford QRU. He was a member of the Castleford Men's Club and was honored by the club with a citizen of the year award in 2009.
He was an assistant Little League coach for a few years and got great joy out of watching young kids play. He also was one of the most devoted fans of the Castleford High School basketball team.
He was preceded in death by son Robert; his parents; sister, Annie Wiersema and three brothers, Jacob, Edward and Dick De Boer.
Harold is survived by his wife Gladys; four sons, Bryan (Cindy) of Nuevo, Ca., Dan (Tammy) of Twin Falls, Jim (Judy) of Meridian and Bill of Bonney Lake, Wa.; granddaughters, Kristina (Shaw) Gentry, Darci De Boer, Danielle De Boer, Jessica De Boer, Jennifer De Boer; two step-grandsons, Caden and Conor Wiley; one great-grandson, Grayson Gentry; brother, John (Tena) of Minnesota and sister, Rita (Kent) Moorlach of California.
A graveside funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, March 15, 2013 at the West End Cemetery in Buhl. Funeral services are under the direction of Farmer Funeral Chapel in Buhl.
In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to the Castleford Quick Response, the Castleford Men's Club or a charity of your choice.