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BLOOMINGTON — Robert R. “Bob” Auth, 84, formerly of Bloomington, passed away Thursday (May 12, 2011) at Boise, Idaho, from complications of ALS.

A viewing will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 5525 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, Idaho. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Cathedral, Boise, and committal and military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. at the VFW Post, 3308 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City. 

In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations be made to one’s favorite charity, in Bob’s name.

He was born in Bloomington, on Oct. 27, 1926. At 17, he left school to join the U.S. Navy, where he served aboard destroyers during World War II. After the war, he attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studied painting, art history, etching, engraving, and education. In 1950, Bob married Norma J. Hill of Bloomington. He received the Roland Scholarship Best of Show for etching and engraving in 1952. In 1953, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.

In 1955, Bob and his cousin visited Idaho on a hunting trip. Impressed by their experiences in the Salmon River country, they returned again, this time bringing a childhood friend. All three would eventually move to Boise in 1959. Tragically, Bob’s cousin and friend met with early deaths.

In 1960, Bob and his family moved to Burley, Idaho, where Bob taught art. A year later, he returned to Boise where he became a teacher at East Junior High School. He remained there from 1961 to 1967. During this time, Bob resumed his education at Washington State University, earning a master of fine arts degree in 1963.  In 1967, Bob transferred to Boise High School where he was a teacher of Arts and Humanities until 1981.

Following a divorce in 1976, Bob was granted a sabbatical leave to pursue a doctorate at the University of Idaho. In 1977, Bob met Alice Trotchie of Butte, Mont. They married in 1979.

In 1981, Bob became the art supervisor for the Boise School District until he retired in 1987. In addition to his teaching assignments for Boise schools, Bob also taught at Albertson’s College of Idaho, Boise State University and the Boise Gallery of Art.

Bob served on numerous boards of directors and was involved in many facets of community service. He received numerous awards and honors, including selection in the Smithsonian Institute’s exhibit, Sawtooths and Other Ranges of the Imagination, showcasing Idaho artists. His work was also included in the Smithsonian Institute’s Postal Museum Exhibit’s permanent collection.

Upon retirement, Bob decided to revisit the Salmon River Country he had enjoyed so much, and built two log homes in Yellow Pine, Idaho. Bob’s time in the mountains provided opportunities for reflection and research, and he began work on his biography, Francie’s Camera, which is due for publication in the summer.

Bob is survived by his wife, Alice, and three daughters, Chris (Gary) Niebrand, Connie Auth, and Cindy (John) Schreiner, all of Boise. He also leaves a brother, Phil Auth, Twin Falls, Idaho; a sister, Eileen Farrer, Bakersfield, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

Bob had many great joys in his life. He loved his

his country. His family hopes his artistic legacy will continue.

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