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Henry Elbert Cone

June 19, 1921 ~ October 7, 2019 (age 98)


Henry Elbert Cone, 98 of Eden Idaho, passed away on October 7, 2019

Henry was born in Liberal, Kansas, on June 19, 1921, to Daisy Mae Cone (Raymond) and Wilford Evans Cone. He spent his youth farming with his Uncle Burt and sister Myra. In 1942 he joined the Army and marched through Africa with General Patton. He later became a guard in the Neurenburg trials. He was awarded a Bronze Star for outstanding courage and valor in combat. His military service was always a point of pride for him and he enjoyed sharing his adventures. Upon returning stateside in October 1945 he transitioned from Army duty and met the love of his life Ruby Mae Cone (Kelley). They farmed as well as had a side business of electrical work and plumbing in Turpin, Oklahoma. Henry went on to become a “physics boy”, as he liked to say at Oklahoma A & M for a Bachelors degree and onto Cal Poly to pursue a Masters degree. Ruby and Henry had six children, Richard, Kathryn, Henry (Joe), Donna, David, and Sharon. He recently said that if“he taught his children anything it was the value of hard work”.  The family moved to Walla Walla, Washington where he took a job at Bonneville Power Administration. Henry worked on many of the dams along the Columbia River as an electrical engineer while establishing his family in Vancouver, Washington.  Empty nesters Ruby and Henry moved to Rupert, Idaho where he retired from Bonneville Power. Following Ruby's love of the coast they moved to Ocean Park, Washington and built their dream home. After Ruby's passing, Henry moved back to Eden, Idaho.

Hunting, fishing, gun collecting, and photography were just a few of his hobbies. He was rarely idle.  In his downtime, he was an avid reader and would devour books in hours. He always had a story for a willing and sometimes not so willing ear.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby, parents Daisy and Wilford, sister Myra, son David and numerous family and friends. He is survived by his children Richard Cone, Kathryn Marshall, Henry/Joe (Kathy) Cone, Donna (David) Dahlstrom, and Sharon (Kevin) Hanson. His grandchildren  Brian (Angie) Dahlstrom, Tamara (Shawn) Buckendahl, Dannielle (Steve) Strain, David (Chris) Cone, Matt (Leann) Cone, Kelsey (Jeff) Schulz, and Marina Hanson. Henry will be remembered by his twelve great-grandchildren, and one soon to be great-great-grandchild.

The family would like to give special thank you to the care staff at Stonebridge in Wendell, Idaho and Hospice Visions for the care provided to Henry.  In place of flowers, please make a donation in Henry’s name to the local VFW in Jerome, Idaho.

A memorial service in his honor will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 12:30 at the Jerome Elks Lodge, 412 E 200 S, Jerome, ID and a graveside service will be held on Monday, November 11,  9:30 at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland Oregon.

Cremation is under the care of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services of Idaho, 502 2nd Ave. N, Twin Falls, ID. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com.

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Celebration of Life
October 23, 2019

12:30 PM
Elks Lodge (Idaho)

Graveside Inurnment
November 11, 2019

9:30 AM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd.
Portland, OR 97086-6937

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