John Paul Baugh passed away on Feb. 3, 2010 due to complications following surgery. John was a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, uncle, father and grandfather and will be missed by all.
John was born on July 14, 1944 at Orofino, to Paul and Lila Baugh. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Baugh at the family home; his mother, Lila; two sisters, Judy Coomer (husband Jack) of Boise and Lura Mullikin (husband Lyle) of Orofino; his children, Paul and Matt Baugh, Summer Mechling all of Deary and Blaine Graening of Post Falls. Grandchildren Ryan Baugh, of Lewiston and Sage, Montana and Jacob Mechling of Deary, also survive him.
John was preceded in death by his father Paul, who died in a logging accident when John was a young boy. He was also preceded in death by his step-father Ted Zimhauer, who John loved and respected very much.
He married Linda Weddle in Lewiston on April 23, 1966. That marriage later ended in divorce. He always had a special place in his heart for Dorothy Jones, who cared for Summer after the divorce. He spoke many times of the strength and love she gave to both Summer and himself.
He met his current wife, Gloria, on September 30, 1989 when she asked him to dance. They have been inseparable sweethearts since they fell in love that night. They married in Orofino on Feb. 14, 1992.
John proudly served his country with the Idaho National Guard beginning in 1964 doing weekend and summer drills with Company D of the 116th Combat Engineer Battalion in Orofino. John attended Basic Training in Fort Leonardwood, MO in 1965. He was a heavy equipment operator and served a tour of duty in Vietnam from Sept. 11, 1968 until his discharge Sept. 4, 1969. His rank was Specialist 5th Class. He spent time near the demilitarized zone in Vietnam and was awarded the Army Accommodation Medal.
John loved 4-wheeling with his dog, Gracie May, spending time in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and exploring. He enjoyed working on projects in his shop for family and friends. Most of all he loved spending time with family and watching his grandchildren grow up.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Pine Hills Funeral Chapel. There will be a potluck dinner at the National Guard Armory on U.S. Highway 12 in Orofino following the funeral.
Pine Hills Funeral Chapel and Crematory is caring for the arrangements.