Robert C. “Bob” Moline
Robert C. Moline was born September 27, 1933 in Fairfield, Idaho to Lloyd C. and Estrella I. Moline. He attended school and worked the family farm which his grandparents, Ole and Julia Moline, had homesteaded on the Camas Prairie. They later bought a house in Gooding, and Bob graduated from Gooding High School.
Bob enlisted in the US Army in 1954 and attended Medical Field Service School at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, completing the dental assistant course. He was assigned to the 57th Field Hospital and served in the Korean War as a dental surgical assistant. He was honorably discharged in 1962 as a Specialist Four, E-4, and received several medals of commendations.
Bob married Jeanette Carlson on August 11, 1959, in Mountain Home, Idaho. They resided in Gooding, Idaho, all their lives, and raised four children, Rob, Robin, Keri and Becky.
Bob was employed for 25 years with the Bureau of Land Management Shoshone District Office, serving as area manager. He retired in October 1987 and was most proud of his service as a member of the US Department of Interior’s Wildfire Management Team where he spent numerous summers fighting fires in Alaska.
Bob served for twelve years on the Gooding City Council from 1976 to 1988 in the capacity of Council President, Fire Commissioner and Police Commissioner. He was instrumental in the purchase of new trucks and equipment for the fire department and received recognition for his outstanding service.
His most recent recognition was during a Veteran’s pinning ceremony at Grace Memory Care, where he received his American Flag pin and certificate of appreciation of service from a local organization.
Bob was well known in his community. From his yard sales to his uncanny knowledge of the history of Gooding and the Magic Valley, he was counted as an integral part of his beloved hometown. He loved hunting and fishing, especially near his roots of the Soldier Mountain area, and enjoyed coin finding afternoons with his good friend Tom Lowman. He collected most everything and enjoyed the adventure of the hunt whether it was in an antique store or a yard sale. He took pride in furnishing his children’s homes with furniture he had restored himself. When he retired, he really didn’t, because he enjoyed painting houses with Harry Reed, and working with his brother-in-law Leo Basterrechea doing landscaping and installing sprinkler systems.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife Jeanette, and daughter Keri (Kim) Merritt, as well as his parents, brother-in-law Leo, and sisters-in-law Beverly Parks and Coleen Carlson. Bob is survived by his children, son Rob (Penny) Moline of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Robin (Dan) Lyons of Boise, Idaho; daughter Becky (Rich) Rigdon of Twin Falls, Idaho; grandchildren Curtis Merritt of Bliss, Idaho; Sarah Merritt of Twin Falls, Idaho; DJ (Beth) Lyons of Nampa, Idaho; Caitlin Moline of Portland, Oregon; Jordan Moline of Seattle, Washington; Ricky (Kim) Rigdon of Kimberly, Idaho; Tara Lyons of Nampa, Idaho; Monica (Skyler) Nalley of Twin Falls, Idaho; and five great grandchildren, Hayden, Emma, Paeton, Serenthia and Stetson. He is also survived by his brother John (Lorna) Moline of Gooding, Idaho; his sister Carole Ann Basterrechea of Gooding, Idaho; as well as Brothers-In-Law Fred Parks and Dick Carlson and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Edith of BrightStar Care for her friendship and never-ending puzzling with Dad, as well as Randy Basterrechea of Bowman Funeral for his guidance and direction.
We would also like to extend our appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the staff of Grace Memory Care and Auburn Crest Hospice Care in Twin Falls for their love and patience with Dad.
We are deeply appreciative to the nurses, CNAs, hospice team, and doctors of St. Luke’s Magic Valley for everything they did for dad in his final moments, and we are eternally grateful for their kindness to our family during this very difficult time.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Gooding First Christian Church, 334 4th Ave. W. in Gooding.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.