Richard Merrill Ennis

May 2, 1922-Jan. 11, 2018

Richard Merrill Ennis,

95, of Boise, Idaho died

Thursday, January 11,

2018 in a Boise nursing

home under the care of

Treasure Valley Hospice.

Richard was born in

Tagus, North Dakota to

Richard Alymer and Alice

Luella (Workman) Ennis

on May 2, 1922; the

youngest of ten children.

He married Kathleen

Mary Duhamel, his high

school sweetheart of Don-

nybrook, North Dakota in

Tacoma, WA in 1942 and

was married for 70 years.

Dick worked in the

Tacoma shipyards until

entering the U.S. Army.

He served in the 86th In-

fantry (Blackhawk) Divi-

sion. The Division landed

at Le Harve France on

March 3, 1945 and made

its way through Germany

and Austria while captur-

ing over 53,000 prisoners.

He was discharged from

the U.S. Army is 1945.

Dick returned to Don-

nybrook, eventually set-

tling in Minot, ND where

he worked for Sears Roe-

buck until joining Lystad

Chemical Company where

he was a district manager

for 35 years.

He retired in 1982 and

moved to Kuna, ID where

he raised, bought and sold

quarter horses all over the

Western United States. He

later operated a business

with his son Richard.

Dick and Kathleen en-

joyed numerous trips to

Hawaii and Europe to

visit their son and family

during his 25 year Army


Those who shared in

Dick’s life: were his lov-

ing wife Kathleen, son

Richard J and Cathy,

daughter Pam K Ennis,

granddaughter Michelle

C. Ennis, grandson,

Richard A.J. Ennis, and

great grandson Gavin J.

Ennis, all of Boise; also,

sister in law Mabel Ennis

of Nebraska and many

nieces and nephews and

friends; too many to


Dick was preceded in

death by: his parents;

brothers Vernie (KIA),

Lester, Earl, Harold Ennis;

his sisters: Orpha Lawson,

Alma Erickson, Bernice

(De De) Olson, Mabel Per-

ron and Beatrice who died

in infancy.

Per his request, there

will not be a public ser-


Another of the few

remaining shining stars of

the “Greatest Generation”

has fallen into eternity.

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