A. (Len) Kuther, 83 died Monday, August 25, 2003 at
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston with
his immediate family present.
the oldest child of nine born Feb. 9, 1920, to Joseph
and Antoinette Weis Kuther.
attended school in Ferdinand. After graduation he attended
the University of Idaho.
Nov. 8, 1940, along with three good friends he joined
the Air Force at Fort Louis, Wash. He served nine years
in active duty. After Fort Louis he went to Felts Field
in Spokane and then to the Air Force Academy in Colorado
Springs, Colo. He was sent to Salina, Kan., after graduation
where he was assigned to a B-17 crew and trained to
go overseas. Len was grounded because he became ill
on the final day of training before they were to go
overseas. During this last training the plane went down
and the entire crew was lost. He was then sent to Mt.
Home Air Force Base in Idaho where he was an instructor.
He later decided to become a bombardier and joined a
B-29 crew in Salina, Kan. This unit was sent to Guam
where the crew flew 21 missions over Tokyo during WW
II. The crew became livelong friends. In his diary he
wrote that their missions would last anywhere from 14
to 21 hours. Len was very proud that he went through
every rank from Private to Captain.
the war ended, he was sent to Spokane where he became
reacquainted with Doris Kinzer, who became the love
of his life. They were married May 6, 1946 in Ferdinand.
Throughout his service career, they were stationed in
Texas, Florida, Colorado and Washington. They finally
settled in Cottonwood in 1949. While in the service,
Len received training in photography and as a result
was able to open Len’s Studio. Later, Len purchased
the Martzen Insurance Agency and the built the Kuther
Building in 1956. It housed a bowling alley, apartments
and business offices. Later Central Idaho Insurance Agency
opened with Len, Virg Schmidt and Boots Mader selling
insurance and real estate until Len’s retirement.
and other community members were instrumental in planning
St. Gertrude’s Academy Days, developing the Cottonwood
ski course and the Terrace subdivision. He was a life
member of the Elks, Cottonwood Lions Club and the Knights
of Columbus. Because of his interest and support of
St. Gertrude’s Academy, Len was asked to coach
basketball and willingly accepted. He was on the board
of directors for Grangeville Country Club as well as
the Pacific Seniors Golf Association for Washington,
Oregon and Idaho. Len was awarded the Mutual Agent of
Idaho awarded 1968. He also was on the Board of Realtors
and received the Realtor of the Year award in 1973.
enjoyed all sports, especially golf and bowling. He
was an avid fan of the Mariners and Seahawks. He loved
to play poker, bridge and “family” games.
Family gatherings were always an important part of his
life. He was the patriarch of his family and was able
to attend the Kuther Family reunion this past June.
was known to be a gentle man and a true “gentleman.”
He was a kind, patient and loving person. He will be
missed by all who knew him.
and Doris had 7 children and 14 grandchildren.