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Sidney O. Newton, 91, of Boise died Monday, June 20, 2005, at home. A private burial service was held Thursday, June 23, at Dry Creek Cemetery.
He was born Sept. 13, 1913, in Eastview, Mo. to parents, Daniel and Hattie Newton. Sidney attended high school in Ava, and college in Springfield. For ten years he taught grades one through eight in the one-room rural schools in Douglas County, Mo.
On June 1, 1937, in Ozark, Mo. he married Myrtle Marie Farris, the most beautiful girl he has ever known. That marriage lasted 68 years.
They moved to Vale, Oreg. for three years, then to Homedale, Idaho, where Sid was manager of the Morfitt Store for ten years. He was very active in community affairs, serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of Homedale Kiwanis Club, and lieutenant governor in the Utah-Idaho Kiwanis.
Ten years later Sid, Myrtle, son Joe and daughter Karla moved to Boise, where he was co-owner of Boise Avenue Market. Eleven years later Sid and Myrtle moved to Sunnymead, Calif., where they owned the Sunnymead Variety Store, then back to Boise, where he worked for Drake Plumbing Co. until his retirement at age 69. Sid enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, hiking and gardening.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle; son, Joe A. Newton; granddaughter, Karin Yoder; great-granddaughters, Amanda and Emily Yoder; and sisters, Jewell Johnson and Reba Ross; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Karla; two brothers, Carl and Luna; and a grandson, David A. Newton.