Obituary of Therman Kingery
On Monday, January 22, 2019, Therman Hobart Kingery met Jesus face to face. Family knew him as Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Grandpappy. Others knew him as Smiley, Friend, The Man and at times George or Bob (always a jokester). He got the biggest kick out of introducing himself by saying you take the r out of Therman and you get 'The Man'.
He was born on February 16, 1929 in a farmhouse near Tipp City, Ohio to Grover and Rebecca Kingery. He was number 10 of 12 children. He grew up milking cows 7 days a week during the Great Depression. In the early 1950's, he joined the army and spent several years in France & Germany as a truck driver and baker. Fellow soldiers noticed his smile and joking attitude and began calling him "Smiley". After returning home from the army he married his sweetheart Mattie Mae Hughes on April 5, 1953 and began a 17 year career at Hobart Manufacturing in Troy, Ohio. They resided in Piqua, Ohio and on October 2, 1954 a daughter (Brenda Kae) was born. Within a few years they moved to a home in the country near Covington, Ohio.
In 1969, after a month long trip out west, Therman decided to move the family to Idaho. They moved to Mountain Home and purchased the Pleasant Acres Mobile Park and worked for many years as custodians at West Elementary. He began teaching a bible study in his home, which led to the starting of a Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. From this ministry many people came to know the Lord and several went on to become pastors and missionaries. In 1976, their daughter Brenda married Steve Mallard and they had two children, Leah and Noah. The grandkids became the joy of Therman and Mattie's life. In 1983, Therman & Mattie had major heart surgeries around the same time, which led to a long and hard road to recovery. They later sold the mobile park and moved to Boise to be near Brenda's family. These years were good, as they enjoyed being near and involved in the grandkids lives. In the early 1990's, Therman went to work for St Al's Hospital and remained with them for about 5 years.
In January, 2003, a few months before their 50th wedding anniversary Mattie suddenly passed away. This was a difficult and lonely time for Therman and before long he met Veronica Arthun and they married on February 14, 2004 in Twin Falls. They resided in Twin Falls until moving to Meridian in 2005. Therman began attending the Meridian Senior Center and was soon driving the senior bus and playing pool with the boys. He drove the bus for several years until his health prevented him from continuing. He spent the remainder of his life at their home in Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his first wife (Mattie Mae), his parents, 9 brothers and 3 sisters. He is survived by his daughter Brenda (Steve) Mallard and their 2 children Leah (Eric) Pratt and Noah (Allie) Mallard and 7 great grandchildren all of Meridian. He is also survived by his current wife (Veronica) and her daughter Heather (Terry) Conklin and their 2 children of Fairbanks, Alaska and her son Vincent (Diane) Arthun of Grand Junction, Colorado.