Walter E. Hoobs, 77, of Nampa, Idaho, sadly passed away on January 5, 2023.
Walt was born on September 4, 1945 to Christian and Florence Hoobs in Queens, New York. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Long Island, New York, and later to New Jersey. When Walt turned 17 years old, he joined the Army and served for 12 years. Walt spent much of his military service serving as a Radio Operator in Vietnam. He would share his experiences of serving on the front lines with his family and friends. Some of his experiences in the field has been documented at the Warhawk Air Museum located in Nampa, Idaho. As a family, we are proud of him. Walt served hard and gave his all to our country while in service.
During his time in the military, Walt visited Sydney, Australia while on leave. While in Sydney, Walt met and fell in love with Yvonne who had recently moved from India to Sydney, Australia. Walt and Yvonne married in the United States, then moved back to Sydney, Australia and had their daughter, Sharon. After some time, they made the decision to relocate to the United States, and settled in Nampa, Idaho. Shortly after, Walt and Yvonne had their daughters, Laura, and Valerie.
Walt retired from Simplot where he worked for 28 years. He was known as a hard working man who would impress those around him by his intellect and knowledge. Walt had a generous IQ with incredible math skills which would often surprise his employer. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed watching military, science, and historical programs. He was a man of hidden talents such as creative writing and had written a book, but chose not to pursue publishing. He spoke several languages. Spanish, German, Korean, and French. One of Walt’s favorite hobbies was his love of music. He enjoyed listening to 60’s and 70’s music playing throughout his home or would have his headphones on listening to those sweet sounds which soothed his soul. Walt was known by those close to him to have several phrases he would like to share. One phrase as a family we will cherish the most is biblical. He would often say, “It is not by your works, but by your faith alone.” Walt in his own way, was trying to imprint in our lives it is by God's grace in which we will one day stand before God by our faith in His Son Jesus, who was born, crucified and was resurrected so that we may be saved and spend eternity with Him. In Walt's own way, share the importance of what truly matters in this life, it is where we will choose by our faith to spend eternity.
Walt was predeceased by his parents, and all of his siblings as well as his son-in-law, Shannon Niederworder. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Hoobs of Nampa, his daughters, Sharon Niederworder of Boise, Laura Hoobs-Buckles and Valerie Telford of Nampa. His also survived by his grandchildren, Shianne Jones of Morrison, CO, Cody Niederworder and Cameron Clark of Boise, Kylie Clark and Jarrett Buckles of Nampa, and great-grandson, Jackson Jones of Morrison, CO.
His celebration of life services will be held during the following dates and times. January 17, 2023, Viewing, 4:00p-6:00p and Rosary service 6:00p-7:00p, will be held at the Nampa Funeral Home, 415 12th Ave. S., Nampa. January 18, 2023, the Funeral Mass, 2:00p, will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 510 W. Roosevelt Ave., Nampa with a reception to follow at the St. Paul's Bingo Hall, 2900 E. Railroad St., Nampa. The Veterans Burial will be on January 27, 2023 at 1:00p at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise.