Winston Bingham


Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Former Kenai Peninsula resident Winston Elmer Bingham died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, of natural causes at Willamette Valley Hospital in McMinnville, Ore. He was 85.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kenai. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Rocky Doty will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Kenai City Cemetery.

Mr. Bingham was born Dec. 27, 1915, in Clarkston, Utah. He grew up on a farm near Smithfield, Utah, where he rode his horse named Prince and had a dog named Rover. As he grew older, his family moved to Burley, Idaho.

He loved sports and excelled in basketball and helped his high school team win the state championship.

His family later moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he met Edith Smith and fell in love. They married May 24, 1938.

Mr. Bingham was a World War II veteran and served in the South Pacific. He related many stories about serving in the army during the war.

Around 1947, his father and brothers opened two appliance stores in Idaho Falls and Rexburg, Idaho. Mr. Bingham learned the trade of selling and competed with his Dad in how many washers they could sell in a city block.

He was an avid fisherman and used his time off from work to fish the Snake and Teton rivers in Idaho.

Many summers were spent in the Salmon River country of Idaho with his family fishing for the different varieties of salmon that swam up the river.

Mr. Bingham was a family man devoted to his wife and daughters. He taught his children honesty, the importance of an education and the value of hard work.

In the summer of 1984, he moved to the Kenai Peninsula with his wife, Edith, and his daughter Ruby. He was an active community member who loved the beauty of the land. He made many friends and enjoyed associating with everyone he met. He resided in Alaska until 1997, when he moved to Oregon to live with his oldest daughter and to receive medical care.

Mr. Bingham is survived by his daughters, Loretta Hoagland of Depoe Bay,Ore., Coleen Ward of Caldwell, Idaho, and Ruby Ellen Bingham of Nikiski; brother Fay Bingham of Rexburg, Idaho; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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