William A. “Bill” Deobald

Bill Deobald PhotoWilliam A. “Bill” Deobald, a longtime Moscow area furniture dealer, died Friday August 22, 2014 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. He was 90.

Bill was born March 27, 1924 to William B. and Elsie Wegner Deobald, in Kendrick, Idaho. He attended Kendrick schools and graduated from Kendrick High School in 1941. He attended the University of Idaho and soon enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp where he served as a B-24 pilot in the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy.

After his time in the service Bill returned to Moscow where he married Beulah M. Draper on July 3, 1945, in Moscow. They made their home in Moscow where he graduated from the University of Idaho in 1950. He worked at Pullman Appliance for a time and began at Moscow Furniture in 1955. He and Beulah became owners of the store for ten years until their retirement in 1987.

Beulah, his high school sweetheart and wife, passed away on April 27, 2002. He was blessed to share the following years with his special friend, Judy Marineau.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and the Elks Lodge. He volunteered in the community, and was active with his sons with the Boy Scouts of America. Bill enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, fishing, gardening, bridge, and spending time with his family.

Bill is survived by his daughter Barbara (David) Slepnikoff of Rapid City, SD., two sons; Roger (Iva) Deobald of Meridian, ID and Billy (Sue) Deobald of Wake Forest, NC.; four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and two sisters; Lois (Jim) Legg of Terre Haute, IN, and Gay Keisker of Post Falls ID.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow. A private committal will be held at the Moscow Cemetery with Military Honors.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Gentiva Hospice or the University Of Idaho School Of Business.

Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow has been entrusted with arrangements and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.com

9 Responses to William A. “Bill” Deobald

  1. Loren Berry says:

    So sorry to hear about Bill. I was glad I was able to visit with Him on my last trip to Moscow.
    He was a wonderful person to know and work for. I was glad to have him involved in my life.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Loren berry

  2. Frank and Naomi Wegner says:

    Sending our sympathies to family and Judy in such a loss to them. Bill was my favorite cousin, loved the summers
    in Rockland, Id when he came to spend it with us helping on the dry farm. Loved his WWII stories of flying over
    seas. Later when there was the Wegner Reunions held and him and Judy came and got to visit with all the families
    there, it was always such a good time to visit with him. He will certainly be missed by family for sure especially that
    smile he always had. Loved him much.
    Frank and Naomi Wegner
    Pocatello, ID

  3. Becki Williams Veal says:

    Barbie, Roger and Bill, our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. I have so many wonderful memories of your Dad and Mom – they were like second parents to us when we were growing up. Always a smile – always helping out – always there. I know you will celebrate this time with tons of wonderful memories ….. He certainly had a life well lived.


  4. Richard Sexton says:

    Barbie, Roger, Bill, Judy, Lois, and Gay – our thoughts and prayers and condolences are also with you and your families at this time. We always enjoyed Bill and Beulah and later Bill and Judy’s visits down to Southern Idaho. Bill had a very dynamic personality and was the kind of person one wanted to get to know and be around. Love, Aunt Edwardine (Wegner) Sexton, and children Sandra McBride, Richard Sexton, and Linda (Eddie) Green.

  5. Catherine Brown says:

    The Brown’s Furniture Family of Moscow, Tim and Lynda, Cathy and Dwight, express to the Deobald Family our love, appreciation, and respect for you. We are very thankful for the friendship and support which was created over 60 years ago through business connections, community activities, and continued care and concern for each other. Bill Deobald and Bill Brown were colleagues in the Moscow retail furniture business. Tim and Roger enjoyed a mutual respect. Barbara and Cathy met in Mrs. Heick’s Presbyterian Kindergarten class in 1954, graduated together from MHS and Uof I and have continued in dear friendship.
    We offer our sympathy, prayers, love , and support in this time of grief.
    With respect for the Deobald and Slepnikoff Famlies, from Cathy and Dwight Brown

  6. Diane Bussanich says:

    Roger, Barb, Billy – From your childhood neighbor. Sorry for the loss of your dad. Last I saw him was a few years ago when I went to visit the Presbyterian Church and he was there as a greeter. It was good to see him again. Have great memories as a kid of your mom & dad and all of you. God bless you all. Take care. Diane

  7. Sue Heick says:

    Dear Barbie and family, I am thinking of you this afternoon and wishing you blessings as you honor and celebrate Bill’s life. Sometimes even in a loss, families are bound together in greater strength. I remember your dad so fondly. He was such a sweet man and a gentleman, through and through. What a wonderful legacy to have been such an important part of Moscow’s business history. Barbie, I would have loved to see you, maybe another time. Cathy Brown said that you and she had a nice visit. Take care of each other.

    Love, Sue

  8. Jim and Dianne Sather says:

    Bill will be missed by family and friends. He was a thoughtful and caring person as well as being witty. For younger cousins, he was a wonderful role model. Our sympathy to Barbara, Roger, Billy, Gay, Lois, and Judy. May the good memories of Bill sustain them.

    Love, Jim and Dianne Sather

  9. Greg & Sheila (Wegner) Hahn says:

    We were sorry we weren’t able to make it to the services. We remember Bill fondly as a kind and gentle man, always smiling, and a thoughtful nephew to my parents. We’re grateful for the memories we have of him. May God bless and comfort all of you now & in the future.

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