Neldon A Gotch, 88, of Jameston, Idaho succumbed to a brain hemorrhage at the home of his daughter Lisa Spells, under the care of his children on February 9, 2017.
Neldon was born January 9, 1929 in Jameston, Idaho to Adolph and Eva (Arave) Gotch. He was the eighth of nine siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings. He grew up and worked hard on his family’s farm in Jameston. He attended school at the Jameston School until 8th grade then went on to graduate from Shelley High school.
On June 14, 1949, he married his sweetheart, Afton Morris in the Idaho Falls Temple. The purchased a farm in Jameston where they resided the remainder of their lives.
Neldon farmed his land and also helped Roy and Arvel Fielding with their farms. He later learned welding at Ricks College and went on to be an accomplished welder. They supplemented their income by cleaning and caring for the Jameston church. In his later years, he was best known in the community, for the beautiful flowers grown in the Gotch Greenhouses that he and his wife Afton, built and developed.
Afton (Morris) Gotch passed away April 24, 2002. That fall, Neldon married Lois Fielding. They were together for 5 years until her passing.
He is survived by his eight children, Julie Lohrey, Bonnie Stanger, Janet Powell, Charlene Collins, Sharon Ewing, Lynn Gotch, Lisa Spells, Mike Gotch, 29 grandchildren, 64 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Jameston Ward Chapel (1101 East 1250 North) Shelley. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 till 7:30 p.m. at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Wednesday morning from 9:30 till 10:40 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery.