Robert Cecil Alldaffer



SODA SPRINGS – Robert Cecil Alldaffer, 88, of Soda Springs, Idaho, resident of Bridge View Estates in Twin Falls, passed away Friday, March 18, 2011.

He married Winifred Tovey in Malad, Idaho on August 12, 1948. They are the parents of two daughters, Sue Ann Alldaffer of Heidelberg, Germany, and Karen Goodrich of Jerome. They have one granddaughter, Ami Abou-bakr Farthing and her husband, Stephen Farthing of London, England.

Cecil was born August 2, 1922 in Filer, Idaho, to Jacy Dale and Viola May Gummerson Alldaffer. He was raised near Burley and graduated from Burley High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as wire chief of the telephone communications system for the 88th Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy (1942-1945), where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery Under Fire.

He graduated from the University of Idaho School of Agriculture (dairy husbandry) in 1949.

Cecil and Winifred resided in Moscow, where Cecil was the University of Idaho dairy herdsman. They also lived in Idaho Falls and Malad. They moved to Soda Springs in 1955, where Cecil became the Caribou County Extension Agent (1955-1982). He then worked in the Soil Conservation Service (1983-1984). After retirement, he established a tree and yard spraying business.

As a county extension agent, he enjoyed working with the youth and farmers of Caribou County. He had a special love for the 4-H program and was inducted into the Idaho 4-H Hall of Fame in 2002. He was also inducted into the Eastern Idaho Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2009.

Cecil is a former member of the Lions Club and past president of the Soda Springs Kiwanis Club. He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge and past associate guardian of Job’s Daughters. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and served many years as maintenance chairman. Cecil and Winifred were honored twice as grand marshals for the Soda Springs Fourth of July celebration and twice as grand marshals of the Caribou County Fair and Rodeo.

He was always happiest helping others and especially loved his career in agriculture. Cecil and Winifred traveled extensively in Europe, Egypt and the Orient.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred; daughters, Sue Ann and Karen; and granddaughter, Ami (Stephen). Other survivors include sisters-in-law, Ilse Alldaffer, Mary Sue Borden and Myrna Tovey; brother-in-law, Roger (Colleen) Tovey; and nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Marvin, sister, Sarah, son-in-law, Joe Goodrich, father and mother-in-law, Morgan William and Gwenfred Jones Tovey, and brothers-in-law, Morgan W. Tovey, Jr., John D. Tovey and D. Cleve Tovey.

Celebration of life services will be held at 10?30 a.m. Saturday, march 26 in the Great Room at Bridge View Estates in Twin Falls and at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Presbyterian Church of Soda Springs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Farnsworth Mortuary in Jerome.

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