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Walter "Bud" LaFee

Walter "Bud" LaFee, age 82 of Nampa, Idaho, died Monday, December 13, 2010, in Nampa, with his family by his side.

Bud was born September 19, 1928, in Milesville, S.D., to George and Stella (Vandehei) LaFee. He attended Hardingrove School and then went into the Army in May 1951.

In October of 1951, he married Neva Hagler and was then sent to Korea to serve as a wireman in the 176th Field Artillery.

Upon returning to Milesville, he resumed his ranching/farming career until 1970. They had four children: Rod, Rick, Mike, and Nancy. In 1970, they moved to Idaho where he worked in construction and later at The Boise-Meridian Irrigation District, retiring in 1990.

Bud's favorite things in life were spending time with his family and reminiscing. He enjoyed gardening and returning home to South Dakota to the farm as often as possible.

He had two brothers and five sisters. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lyle and Robert LaFee; and two sisters, Arlene Hausman and Grace O'Reilly.

Bud is survived by his wife, Neva and his children, Rodney and Judy of Kuna, Idaho, Richard and Virginia of Donnelly, Idaho, Michael of Nampa, and Nancy and Mike Virgin of New Meadows, Idaho. He had nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three sisters Viola Royer of Belle Fourche, Hazel Kern of Plankinton, S.D., and Madge Yarnel of Bend, Ore.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Boise Valley Church of the Brethren Building Fund.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 19, at the Greenhurst Bible Church in Nampa, Idaho.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, December 29, at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com