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Ken Winder Obituary (1939 – 2021) – Idaho Falls, ID


Kenneth LaVer Winder, 82, of Roberts, Idaho passed away June 13, 2021. He was under the wonderful care of Alliance Hospice and Turtle and Crane of Idaho Falls, where he passed. He died of the effects of dementia. His family was there at his passing and he was ready to meet his Heavenly Father.

Ken was born May 15, 1939, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Eldon LaVur Winder and Edith Young Winder. He is the oldest of five siblings. When he was 17 he joined the Air Force, 1 September 1957. He went to Lackland AFB for basic training then to Biloxi, Mississippi, where he was trained in ground radio operations. He ended up attached to a Matador Missile group who were waiting in Florida and within a few weeks they were shipped out to Taiwan. This was known as the Formosan Crisis. Before his service in the Air Force ended he did life guarding and exhibition diving at the Hamilton Air Force Base in California.

After his service, he was sent back to Taiwan as a missionary in the Southern Far East Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This mission included Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan. He spent two and a half years in Taiwan. After Ken’s mission he returned to his beloved Idaho where he met Paula Bodily and on January 29, 1965, they were married in the Idaho Falls temple. They had six children, five boys and a girl.

Ken attended two years at Ricks College and then started his farming career. He loved farming and he discovered he had a natural aptitude with cattle and horses. His career took him from Idaho to Utah, where he managed cattle ranches for absentee owners. His family loved ranching and farming and the wonderful people of Emery County, Utah. The family spent 16 years there. In 1990 the family moved back to Idaho and worked for the Dean Snarr and Son Farm and Livestock near Roberts, Idaho.

Ken was an outdoors man. He loved hunting, fishing, hiking, training and riding horses, and camping. Ken said, “Some people will envy me for my experiences riding horses. It was very satisfying for me to work with horses, but it was also where they took me and what I felt and what I saw.”

Ken did not have a lot, but he was very generous to everyone in need. He would give you the coat off his back if you needed it. He often invited people into his home for dinner. He loved the youth. He was a Scout Master for many years. The scouts loved him. He served as Bishop in the Emery Ward, in Emery, Utah. He worked in the Idaho Falls temple as an ordinance worker for ten years. He loves the gospel of Jesus Christ.

After he retired, he and his wife, Paula, managed the Camp Cumorah girl’s camp for four years for the Ammon North Stake. They organized and managed it and brought it up to one of the finest camps in southeastern Idaho.

His legacy is his faith, sacrifice and a lifetime of doing good to others. He was very generous. His legacy encompasses his close knit, loving family including his children, his daughters-in-law, his son-in-law, his 18 grandchildren and his great granddaughter. Ken spent precious time with his children. He was always teaching. In life, he never gave up, he kept trying. He was honest. He had a compassion for nature and the out-of-doors.

His grandchildren, and children in the neighborhood, have come to expect M&Ms when they see him. He jokes with everyone that he has to buy friends. He doesn’t have a lot of money so he does it with M&Ms. You can’t paint Ken in pastel colors, he requires vibrant, bold colors to match his personality.

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Paula Kay Bodily Winder of Roberts, ID; son, Kenneth Paul (Tiffany) Winder of Idaho Falls, ID; daughter, Heather Ann (Bryan) Nielsen, of Idaho Falls, ID; son, Joseph E. (Michelle) Winder of Prosser, WA; son, Jonathan T. (Dawn) Winder of Roberts, ID; son, Benjamin L. (Megan) Winder of Ammon, ID; Michael D. (Sharlie) Winder of Pocatello, ID; 18 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is also survived by two sisters, Saundra Anderson of Idaho Falls and Lorraine Gadberry of Roseville, CA; and two brothers, Bart (Cathy) Winder of Florence, MT, and Dennis (Beverly) Winder of Austin, TX. Ken is also survived by his sister-in-law Elaine (Kent) Ward of Rigby, ID.

Ken was proceeded in death by his parents, Eldon Vur and Edith Winder and two granddaughters, who were stillborn. Ken is preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, DelRoy (Alice) Bodily of lona, ID, Ronald (Doris Ann) Bodily of Iona, ID, Waldo (Marva) Bodily of Rexburg, ID; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Janel (Gordon) Olsen of Shelley, ID.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 25, 2021, at the Roberts Ward building, 663 North 2858 East in Roberts. The family will visit with friends from Thursday 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 South Ammon Road in Ammon, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Iona Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Published by Post Register on Jun. 16, 2021.

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