Oliver Donald "Don" Ader


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Oliver Donald "Don" Ader

January 1st, 1920 - April 14th, 2017


Oliver Donald "Don" Ader 97 of Cambridge, Idaho passed away Friday April 14, 2017 at Weiser Memorial Hospital.

Don was born January 1st 1920 at Portland Oregon to Oliver M and Ruby Courtright Ader. These were hard times and his dad went where ever he could to find work. When Don started school it took him three years to finish the 1st grade, because of all the moving, looking for work. When the family moved to Midvale and he started High school and only went for 1 year.

Don went into the Army in 1942 serving in North Africa and through the length of Italy before the Germans surrendered . He served in five major battles and campaigns, stringing phone wires to the front lines, and then in the 6736 Field Radar Detachment. tracking planes and enemy shell fire. He returned home to stay August of 1945.

Don married the love of his life, Lola Preston, August 26, 1946 and they celebrated 70 years together. Don was a hard worker,and held numerous jobs over his career. He worked on the section crew for the railroad, the Midvale grain elevator, cat skinner for Art Fairchild Lumber Co. When they started building dams on the Snake River, He went to work as a driller/powder man for Morrison -Knudsen Construction Co. and worked throughout completion of all three dams on the lower Snake River, even the illfated Teton Dam in Eastern Idaho, that he always said would not hold water, he then traveled on construction jobs, working for McGregor Triangle Construction co. and several other companies throughout most of the state of Idaho for the rest of his career.

Don retired in 1982 and he and his wife sold there home on Rapid River in 1994 and bought a fifth wheel trailer that they called home for the next 19 years, traveling with friends and going South in the winter to either  Bouse, AZ or Needles, CA to Woodhead Park at Brownlee Reservoir, as camp host in the summer. Finally selling their trailer and settling down at Mundo Hot Springs in Cambridge Idaho.

Don was proceeded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and daughters Judy and Donna.

He is survived by his wife Lola of Cambridge, Idaho three sons Ronald and Rita of Cambridge, ID, Russell and Cheri of St Anthony ID and Robert of Riggins, ID. Nine grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at Midvale Eastside Cemetery on June 17th at 2:00 pm. The family asks that any donations be make to Midvale, Cambridge Senior Center of the Cambridge or Midvale Volunteer Ambulance Service in don Aders Memory.