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home : obituaries : obituaries January 24, 2017

4/10/2013 10:32:00 AM
Richard Irving Moltke

Richard Irving Moltke (89) was born Oct. 3, 1923 at home near Peshastin, WA and is with his Lord his Savior March 27, 2013 after battling bone cancer.

"Rich" was proud of his little six man high school football team and their win over the larger Moses Lake team. He also loved music which began with singing and a little band called "The Jive Five." He enrolled in college at WSU in 1943, but before being drafted into the infantry, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Two weeks before deployment, he married his high school sweetheart, Alice Mae Miller, on Dec. 26, 1943. He was fond of saying "marrying Alice was the best thing I ever did." They recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

After the war, Richard, Alice and daughter Cheri moved to Pilot Rock, Ore. where he worked with his Dad in the logging industry, and where they added Joan, and Russell. Their lives revolved around the family, church, and community.

He learned to fly in 1945 and used his skills to facilitate the logging business. He also enjoyed taking family and friends flying for vacations or just for the pure enjoyment of being in the air; which he did into his 80s.

Richard served as President of the Intermountain Logging Conference in 1954, and at the time, was the youngest President elected to this position. It was during this time that he and Alice met Warren and Jayne Brown of McCall, Idaho, and at Warren's urging, moved their family to McCall in 1958 to continue his logging business in that area. He enjoyed the numerous activities McCall had to offer his family particularly the lake with swimming, water skiing, and ice skating and the mountains with snow skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking and mushrooming. He started golfing after retirement and couldn't understand why his grandson who started at the same time got so much better.

In early 1970s, he and Alice moved to Spokane, Wash. where Richard bought and greatly expanded Holiday Pools. It was his diversity of business experience and love of travel that then led to his and Alice's involvement in the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), where they served for the next several years. This organization called upon entrepreneurs to serve abroad and to bring their expertise to fledgling businesses. Throughout his life he continued his love of music. He and Alice sang in the church choir wherever they were living. His guitar was his constant companion and his accompanying friends and family with songs around the bonfire were favorite times. He was a life long Rotarian. He served on the City Councils in both McCall and Leavenworth, Wash. They moved back to McCall for another few years during the 80s, but after a few trips to Leavenworth, Wash. where his parents lived decided to move back and build their dream home near where they both had grown up and met.

Health reasons brought them back to Idaho in 2011 to be near family.

Rich is survived by his wife Alice, sister June Barnes, daughters Cheri Waller (Jerry) Boise, Idaho. Joan Zachary (Norm) Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. Son Russell Moltke, (Maggy) Boise, Idaho. Grandchildren: Carson Mooney (Cori), Boise, Idaho. Justin Mooney (Ginger) Hood River, Ore. Adrienne Zachary (Miguel) , Boise, Idaho, Breege (Simon), England, Ahren Zachary, Taylor Zachary (Michele) Mont, Heather Tornebe (Tyler) Spokane, Wash., Heidi Moltke, Spokane, Wash. and four great granddaughters.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Rose Moltke, and twin brother, Wayne Moltke.

We thank Linda Graham and Jennifer Collins and staff at St. Luke's Hospice for being such a special help to Dad, and also the caregivers at Wynwood Assisted Living in Boise.

If you wish, please give to your favorite charity in Dad's memory.

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