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Kenneth Burton AverillDecember 9, 1925 ~ June 28, 2017 (age 91)
Kenneth Burton Averill, 91, passed away June 28, 2017. A viewing for friends and family will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5-8 PM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. Memorial Services will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church 912 W. Linden St. Caldwell, ID at 11:00 AM on Friday July 7, 2017.
Kenny was born to Carl E. and Mamie E. (Sassaman) Averill on December 9, 1925 in Alexandria, Nebraska, the eleventh child in the family of twelve children. He attended elementary schooling there and moved with his family to Nampa, Idaho in 1936 where he graduated from Nampa High School in 1943. Kenny joined the U.S. Navy and served with honor in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater from the New Hebrides Islands to the Philippines where he was awarded the Naval Commendation Medal. After leaving the Navy in 1946, he worked a myriad of occupations and travelled extensively throughout the United States.
He met Thelma Dailey in Colorado Springs, CO and they were married in Raton, NM on January 1, 1955. Together they worked as cook and waitress and operated their own cafes and continued traveling until finally settling in Caldwell in 1961 where he went into the insulation business. He later became an electrician and retired as an Electrical Contractor in 1989. Kenny was very active in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows fraternal organization where he attained several State offices, including Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Patriarch and Department Commander. He was president of the local Odd Fellows/Rebekah Camper Club many years. He belonged to the Caldwell Lodge #10 and Gem of the Mountains Rebekah Lodge #5 until transferring to Nampa Lodge #40 and Colfax Rebekah Lodge #24 where he served as Noble Grand, Secretary and Financial Secretary both.
He was active in several volunteer organizations including the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Meals on Wheels, Literacy Action Council of Canyon County, Area III Area on Aging, Elderly Opportunity Agency, and the Caldwell Senior Center. He was an active member of the First Southern Baptist Church of Caldwell and also The Gideons International, Caldwell Camp.
He enjoyed the outdoors, dogs, fishing, and camping, but seemed to the happiest when he was doing something for someone else. His genial outlook and happy countenance will be missed by his many acquaintances.
He was preceded in death by his wife of forty five years, Thelma, July 6, 2000; his parents, five brothers, and six sisters. He is survived a sister-in-law Etta Averill of Nampa, ID; one stepson, Jerald Curtis of Sarcoxie, MO and a foster daughter; Jan Wentz, of Sawyer, ND; 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephew, also a very special friend for over 17 years, Helen Shaffer, of Caldwell. Family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Canyon West for caring for Kenny.