May 15, 1937 ~ October 24, 2013
October 28, 2013
Boundary county resident Frank Spalding, 76,
passed away peacefully at home in Bonners Ferry
on October 24, 2013, with his wife and daughters
at his side.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday,
November 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Bonners Ferry, with a private family committal
at Grandview Cemetery.
Frank was born in Bonners Ferry on May 15, 1937,
to Henry Raymond and Anna Elizabeth (Lipp)
Spalding. Frank attended grade school in Bonners
Ferry and graduated from Bonners Ferry High
School in 1955. He attended the University of
Idaho from 1955 to 1957 and was in the Idaho
National Guard from 1956 to 1977, he was
honorably discharged as an E7 with several
medals and ribbons. Frank was also a charter
member of Bonners Ferry Eagles Aerie #3522.
Frank and Anna May met in 1953, it was apparent
from the beginning that these two were destined
to spend their lives together. They were married
on March 2, 1958, and have three daughters,
Jodie, Debbie and Heidi, yet it always felt like
more with all the neighborhood kids who were at
the house or playing in the "Spalding field."
Frank loved his family wholeheartedly and taught
his daughters how to be loving, strong,
independent women by his example of living his
life with integrity and honesty.
As a young man, Frank worked in the family mill,
Spalding Lumber Company. He and his brother Bob
logged throughout Boundary County from 1962
Frank, Bob and Cecil Holmes purchased Cook's
Electric in 1973, renaming it SS&H, and in the
late 70s, they opened South Hill Saw Service,
were Frank worked until he retired in 2003.
Frank, Anna May and girls were among the
original members of the Bonners Ferry Boat Club,
spending many wonderful years at Smokey Acres
where his legendary telling of the "Ponderay
Paddler" around the campfire was a classic with
Frank will be remembered for his love of the
woods, fishing, hunting, huckleberry picking,
cribbage games, traveling, whether around the
game refuge or his yearly trips to Alaska, and
the thrill of a good discussion.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents,
Henry and Anna Spalding, and brothers Virgil and
He is survived by his wife Anna May, daughters
Jodie (Jeff) Neumayer, Debbie (Ron) Atwood and
Heidi (Bobby) Invernon, grandchildren Aaron
Neumayer, Rachel (Landon) Weichal, Ben Neumayer,
Chase and Emily Invernon, great-grandchildren
Avery and Elliot Weichal.
The family suggests instead of flowers, that
donations be made to Bonner Community Hospice in
memory of Frank.