April 15, 1926—September 1, 2017
GOODING—Val “Dusty” Dains, Jr., of Gooding, Idaho, passed away in Twin Falls after a brief illness on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the age of 91.
He was born on April 15, 1926 in Council Grove, Kansas, the son of Valchor Valson Dains and Ruth Kendall Bellus. One of six brothers and two sisters. He went to school in a one room school house in the little town of Helmick, Kansas.
He was the beloved husband of Harriett Brownell Dains of over sixty years.
As a very proud naval man, the kids woke each morning to “Rise and shine, time to hit the deck with both feet running”.
He served his county for two tours of duty during WWII. His dad signed him up after his eighth grade graduation. He gained many skills on his tours of duty. He told stories of bringing back 500 German prisoners of war and also helped tow a captured German submarine to Norfolk, VA.
He spent most of his life’s work as a millwright at LeFeill’s and Allens/Magic Valley Packing Company in Gooding and also installed kill floors throughout the United States. In appreciation for installing a kill floor, he was made an honorary member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He was also the neighborhood go to mechanic wherever he was.
He is survived by: a daughter, Valerie Dains; a son, Randy and wife Claudia; a brother, Jack Bellus and wife, Susan; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, loved ones too numerous to mention.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Harriett; a son, Douglas; and a daughter, Judith.
A special thank you to Diana Dubois who was his caregiver and friend.
There will be a memorial bench placed at the Elmwood Cemetery where the urns of Val, Harriett, Douglas, & Judi will be placed. Valerie and Randy to follow, hopefully not too soon! A little piece of the whole family will be together once again.
A celebration of life with military honors will be on Saturday September 16, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding. After the graveside service Val’s grandson will lead out from the cemetery riding Val’s 1966 Harley Davidson Electroglide. The family asks to please follow and join them for a pot luck at the Side Track in Gooding after the service.
Funeral and cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family by visiting the obituary link at www.demarayfuneralservice.com.