Obituary of William Gardner Millensifer
William G. (Bill) Millensifer
Bill was born in Denver, CO, July 26, 1942, the first of five children of Bob and Katie Millensifer. The
family moved to Great Falls, MT where they lived for nine years before coming to Boise. His sisters and
brother remember Bill as the leader of our pack for “all things fun”. He was the first to get us up
Christmas morning to share in his excitement. We all remember Bill rounding us up for board games -
Authors, Monopoly, Tripoli, and Clue. He always won. There was no escaping Bill when he needed one
of us for a fourth in Bridge or to play Hearts where he insisted there was no point in playing unless you
“shot the moon” every time. Bill loved having fun, jokes and storytelling.
Bill attended Boise schools and graduated from Boise High in 1960. Bill attended the University of Idaho
where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He enjoyed playing in a band and worked as a
hasher in a number of sororities. He went on to graduate from the University of Idaho and earn his
commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army in 1965.
After commissioning, Bill learned to fly small reconnaissance aircraft at Fort Stewart in Georgia. He
served in Vietnam as a member of the 74th Reconnaissance Air Company from 1967-68 and earned the
rank of Captain. Before leaving for Vietnam, Bill married Shari Stanford from Hinesville, Georgia. Bill’s
family was so thankful to welcome Bill home at the completion of his service. Sadly, the war took its toll
on Bill causing the couple to divorce in 1978..
Bill had multiple careers in sales, as a stockbroker, insurance, and Amway. He was the iconic salesman
who could sell a refrigerator to Eskimos and was successful in each endeavor. Later Bill built homes in
Boise with his brother Rob.
Bill married Jan Struthers of Boise in 1980. They had two sons, Mark and Matt, joining Jan’s three
children, Polly, Camille and Stacy. Again, sadly, the marriage did not last.
n 1994 Bill met and married Anne Sherer of Boise. Because of their love and faith in Christ they
remained happily married until Anne’s death in 2016. Bill and Anne toured the USA in their motorhome
in 1998 and took many trips in succeeding years. They spent many summers on Lake Cascade and
winters in Yuma, and when not traveling, gardening in their North End home.
Anne’s four adult children, Christine of Meridian, Darrel and Corine, of Boise, Johnny of North Dakota
have all expressed deep appreciation of how Bill loved their mom and helped each of them. He helped his
son Mark, challenged by autism as much as he could. His times with Matt and his wife Sara and two
children, Kylie and Ethan brought him great joy.
Bill struggled with PTSD after Vietnam until he was urged to seek help from the VA Medical Center in
Boise. There he received good counseling and medical interventions allowing him to function well until
age 67 when Bill was diagnosed with dementia. Its slow progression allowed Anne to be his caregiver
until a year before she died. Bill then moved into the Idaho State Veterans Home where he has been cared
for until his death on November 27, 2018. During those years, his son Matt brought Bill a cheeseburger,
fries and a Pepsi every Wednesday for them to share lunch together.
Besides his children, Bill is survived by four siblings, Jane Clark, Carol Kraay, Mimi Barnes (Jon) and
Rob (Charlotte) all of Boise. The family cannot praise the staff at the Idaho State Veterans Home Special
Care Unit enough for the loving and professional care Bill received. To each one of you we owe an
enormous debt of gratitude.
A memorial service, followed by lunch, will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 11a.m. at Summers
Funeral Home, 3629 E. Ustick Rd, Meridian. A committal service with military honors will be held on
Thursday, December 6, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Idaho State Veterans Home-SCU, 320 Collins Rd, Boise, Idaho
83702, or to to a veterans group of your choice.