Loris Harry Navis, 92, peacefully went to see Jesus on December 15, 2017, at home with his loving wife, Loraine. He was born August 4, 1925, in Strasberg, Illinois, to Ralph and Nora Navis, joining the family with five sisters. They moved to Caldwell, Idaho, when he was 9 where he attended Caldwell schools, graduating from Caldwell High School in 1943. Right after graduation (at 17) he left for Texas to join the United States Air Force, where he served his country for two years as a Bombardier Pilot. While in Texas, he took classes from Texas Tech University.
He returned to Idaho and worked several jobs, including stamping cigarettes for Martin Wholesale. He intended to use his GI bill to go to college but when he got promoted to salesman, he enjoyed it so much he never looked back. He spent almost 40 years with Martin Wholesale, and his employees, customers, and salesmen throughout the years were a treasured part of his family. During this time he married Neva Irwin, and they had 34 years together before she died of cancer in 1987.
Loris was blessed to expand his family in February of 1988 when he married Loraine Burns and gained two sons, a daughter, and all their families. After Loris “retired”, he decided to use his salesman talents again, and worked hard and succeeded in earning his real estate license from the University of Idaho. During this career, “Harry” was part of the Dick Winder Realty, Jensen Realty, and Silverhawk Realty families. He enjoyed almost 25 years as a realtor and missed it greatly when he decided to retire for good, but remained close with many of his dear friends he met throughout these years, including those at Pioneer Title.
Loris had many hobbies, including bowling (his younger years), cards (all kinds including poker, gin, cribbage, and later bridge), and following his teams: the Cubbies, Cougars, Broncos, and Yotes. He earned his pilot’s license and bought his own plane. His grandchildren fondly remember him and “Nani” flying over their house and dropping a sack with a basketball and tootsie pops out the window into their yard, proving his skills as a bombardier pilot were still right on target! Golf though was by far his favorite pastime. He was as talented at the sport, as much as he loved it. He competed in countless tournaments throughout the years (and won many of them), but winning the McCall Championship in 1963 was one he was most proud of. He also achieved the amazing official record of 9 holes-in-one; he was almost 85 when he earned the 9th one. He actually earned 10, but was by himself and had no witnesses to make it official. He worked hard to be healthy and physically fit. He made sure he got his 2-mile walk, 50 pushups, and until just a couple years ago 18 holes of golf in every day. He enjoyed doing his daily crossword puzzle, reading, playing bridge with the Lindblooms or the Becketts, emailing, and brunches at Mr. V’s after church on Sunday.
Loris was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church in Caldwell. He was there almost every Sunday with smiles, handshakes, and hugs for all his church family. He was also a member of Caldwell Elks, The American Legion, and Caldwell Exchange Club.
The most important part of Loris’s life, however, was his faith in Jesus Christ, and he believed fervently that someday his greatest blessing in his life would be to join his Savior in heaven. Loris was preceded in death by his wife, Neva, his sisters, Twila Gusman, Lavonne Altig, Neva Madden, Wanda June Navis, and Venita Aten, stepson Jim Irwin, and stepson Bo Burns. He is survived by his wife Loraine, his daughter Lorrie Houston (Mike), stepdaughter Bonnie Fisher (Bill), stepson Bruce Burns (Pam), stepdaughter Judy Beckett (Paul), grandchildren Michael Houston (Abby), Joshua Houston, Natalie Kelpin (Chris), Joe Woodland (Trista), Ashley Nelson (Keith), Beemer Fisher, Collin Burns (Rachel), Jodi Erickson (Buddy), Shay Winder (Jeff), many beloved great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was so very proud of his family, and loved them with all his heart.
Loris – Daddy – Grandpa – Uncle – Harry – You are so deeply loved and will be so greatly missed by all your family and friends. We will miss your hugs, your smile, your humor, your winks, and your wisdom. We are so thankful though for our countless memories of you and to know you are in heaven with our Savior. Je t’aime beaucoup. XOXOXO
The funeral will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 2700 South Kimball, Caldwell at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21st, followed by committal at Canyon Hill Cemetery, and reception at the Caldwell Elks. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Caldwell. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com