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Elmer W. Neufeld ( Cave Junction 1944 )

posted: Jan 1, 2002

Elmer Neufeld died June 18 in Boise at age 80. He grew up in Inman, Kan. and was drafted into the Civilian Public Service as a Conscientious Objector during WWII. While at a CPS camp in 1943, he heard of the CPS-103 smokejumper unit that was being formed. Elmer was accepted in 1944 and joined the jumpers at Cave Junction, Ore. In 1945 he transfered to the North Cascades Smokejumper base, where he worked until 1970. In the spring of 1970, Elmer became a technical representatvie for a fire retardant company and worked that position for the next 16 years. From 1986 until 1996 he ran the retardant base for a contract company which provided retardant for the USFS and BLM in Boise.He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of Boise.