Wilbert Rogers Atwood, 95, of Sugar City, Idaho, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at Homestead Assisted Living in Rexburg of causes incident to age.
He was born Nov. 19, 1915, in Spanish Fork, Utah, to Wilbert Atwood and Blanche Agnes Rogers. He attended schools in Pingree and Thomas. However, the Depression caused the Thomas School District to shut down for financial reasons. He attended Fillmore High School, his junior year returning to Thomas the following year to graduate. He attended Ricks College and received a two-year teaching certificate.
In Thomas, Wilbert met his sweetheart, Ruth Barnes. They were married Nov. 6, 1939, in Rexburg. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. After their marriage, they lived in Pingree, Weippe and Blackfoot, Idaho, and they have lived in Sugar City since 1949. He was employed as a farmer/rancher, mechanic, truck driver and for the PMA office, and retired after 23 years with the Idaho Highway Department.
After he and Ruth were retired, they spent their winters in Parker, Ariz., and Hurricane, Utah. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved his family. He loved to hunt fish, camp and travel, and in his later years was dedicated to temple work.
He is survived by his children, Roger (Nancy) Atwood of Rexburg, Steven (Colette) Atwood of Arco, Idaho, and Julie (Bruce) Anderson of West Valley City, Utah; sisters, LaRue Hetler of Salem, Ore., Rayola Neff of Blackfoot, Idaho, and Fontella (Doug) Cobbley of Idaho Falls; a brother, David Craig (Marge) Atwood of Blackfoot; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; brother, John; and sister, Dale.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 30, at Riverside Chapel with Steven Atwood officiating. Burial will be in Riverside-Thomas Cemetery under the direction of Flamm Funeral Home.