Gary Stephen Willman, 73, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016, in Boise, Idaho, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
Gary was born on Oct 16, 1942, in Detroit, Mich., to Steve and Maureen Willman. He graduated from high school in 1960. He married Emily Bessie Froberg on Oct. 23, 1965; they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He served four years in the Air Force and studied Chinese for a year at Yale University.
Gary and Emily lived in Michigan until they moved to Riggins, Idaho, in 1976; Gary loved Idaho. They also lived in Arizona for one-and-one-half years. He also graduated from New Tribes Missions Bible School where he and Emily attended for two years. Gary trusted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1980, the most important event in his life, and he loved to tell people about Jesus being personal, loving, powerful and good.
Gary loved hunting and fishing. He caught hundreds of steelhead on his fly rod, and took deer, elk and bear with his recurve bow. He loved to garden and plant trees. He started more than 100 new fruit and evergreen trees on his property in Riggins. He loved to travel to other countries to meet people and experience their culture. Gary and Emily often went to Mexico for vacations. They also traveled to China and to Ireland. Gary spoke some Spanish and Chinese.
Gary is survived by his wife, Emily; his daughter, Kim and her husband, Joe Mitchell from Idaho Falls; and their kids, Anna and Niels; her daughter, Teresa, and her husband J.C. Satathite from Arizona; and their kids, James, Sarah and Clay; his son, Art; and his children, Crystina, Christal and Christian; his brother, Phillip; and sister, Karen from Michigan; and many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, John and wife, Arletta; and brother-in-law, Roy.
A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. on June 11, 2016, at Little Salmon River Bible Church, 118 Frontage Rd. Pollock, ID 83547. Condolences may be sent to Emily at 549 Old Pollock Road, Riggins, ID 83549. In lieu of flowers, money donations may be sent to Little Salmon River Bible Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville.