Guy Owen Vanderford
On April 4, 2014. Guy Owen Vanderford passed away at his home with family at his side after a battle with cancer. Guy was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Arleta. Guy is survived by his sister, Pauline and brother, Donald, both of Boise, Idaho. He is also survived by five children, Steve (Jenny), Randall, Gary, Suzanne (Terry), and Donald (Nancy); 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Guy was born August 23, 1925 in Grandview, Idaho to parents Guy Owen Vanderford Sr. and Mary Alice Vanderford, who had migrated from Missouri. Guy spent his childhood in Grandview where he worked on the family ranch. As a child he loved to drive the truck around the ranch, ride horses, and take care of the animals.
At the age of 17 Guy joined the U.S. Army after WWII began. He was a member of the "sight-seeing" 6th Infantry. During his enlistment, Guy was involved in the Pacific Theater in New Guinea and the Philippines. His unit was involved in 306 days of combat of which 219 were of continuous combat. Guy received a number of medals for his courage and efforts.
When Guy returned from the war he met and married the love of his life, a young nursing student named Alice Arleta Vanderford of Boise, Idaho. They enjoyed going to movies and dances. They raised five children.
Guy and Arleta moved to Hayward, Calif. in the 1950s where Guy worked as a journeyman printer until he retired. They moved to Medford, Ore. in 1990. Guy enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting, gardening, and taking care of his beloved,