Eugene Norman (Norm) McGough, 91 years old, died at Aspen Park Healthcare, Moscow Idaho, on 24 Nov 2017, from complications of a long illness. Born 23 July 1926, to Ray and Rose McGough of Sprague, WA, Norm lived most of his life in Moscow attending parochial and public schools.
As a young boy he did many odd jobs, to include raising a pig to sell on some unused ground near the golf course where his step-father worked as grounds keeper. He was drafted in 1943 during WWII, serving in the engineering corps on numerous islands in the Pacific, to include the Philippines and Japan. A favorite story was of gathering up a bag full of Japanese invasion currency in the Philippines, and trading it in Japan for a bolt of silk to take home to his mother at the end of the war.
On discharge in 1947 he returned to Moscow and completed his senior year of high school. Soon thereafter he started a long career as a truck driver, ending with a Teamster’s retirement in 1987. His trucking career included driving for the local Rainier distributor for seven years, buying a truck with a friend and hauling locally and finally, driving for 30 years with Garrett Freight Lines.
In 1972 he married Patricia Abbott (deceased, 22 July 2012), gaining a family, and a partner for the many camping, hunting and fishing trips taken as members of the Moose Camper Club that he loved. In addition to the Moose Lodge, Norm was also a member of the Moscow Elks club.
Norm was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, three brothers and a sister. He is survived by step-son Dwayne Abbott and wife Monica, Viola, step-son David Abbott and wife Mary, Viola, step-daughter Mary Jo and husband Bill Ettenhofer, Troy, and step-son Dean Abbott and wife Holly, Moscow. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and numerous step-grand children and step-great grandchildren.
A grave side service is scheduled for family and friends at 11am, 30 November, Moscow Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice, in lieu of flowers.