Feb. 24, 1923 - Jun. 28, 2018

Date of Service: Jul. 6, 2018

FILER – Kenneth Rex Kofoed, a 95-year-old Filer resident, died Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Cedar Draw Assisted Living in Filer.

Rex was born on Feb. 24, 1923, the last child born to William James and Mary Jane Bell Kofoed

His humble beginnings growing up in Lava, Idaho led him to meeting the love of his life, Betty Lou Kofoed. They were married Feb. 14, 1942. All those who knew Rex will remember his quick wit and his knack for granting nicknames.

His youth and upbringing helped to forge a man of true grit, which allowed him to answer the call to serve his country in the US armed forces during WWII. The army soon tempered him into a man that other soldiers trusted with their lives. He was known to head into any situation to rescue one of his fallen friends, because he felt they deserved that. Some men made it home because of those brave acts, along with his willingness to put their lives before his own. Many who met him would have no way of knowing he was a decorated war hero which included the Bronze Star. He would later say that he was not a hero, and that true heros never made it home.

Following the war his passion to succeed brought him to homestead in Minidoka in 1959. He loved to farm, raise beef cattle and train horses. Together Rex and Betty built a life of success they shared with their growing family. The family shared special times hunting, fishing, riding horses and storytelling around those famous fire rings.

He was preceded in death by parents; his loving wife Betty; all siblings but one sister; and his son, Kenneth Kofoed.

He is survived by his daughter and a son in law, Julie and Terry Folks; daughter, Susan Kofoed; daughter-in-law, Joyce Kofoed (Ken); grandchildren, Loren Orr (Cindy), Forrest McKinley, James Kofoed (Amber), Daniel Kofoed (Chris), Steven Kofoed, Philip Wolff, Elley Folks, and Drake Folks; great-grandchildren, Isabella Orr Satterthwait (Cody), Fallon Orr, Sage McKinley, Maya McKinley, Aedin Wolff, Aleiya Wolff, Chase Kofoed and Alex Kofoed; and his older sister, Twila Kofoed Smith.

Rex will be missed here but his legacy will carry on with each of us, for we have all learned lessons filled with his wisdom. We will make you proud, Dad, Grandfather and Friend. Guide him home to heaven Ken and keep the saddle warm Red Fox; we will all be together again to tell stories around the fire ring.

The family would like to thank Cedar Draw Assisted Living and Vision Hospice care.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the Lava Hot Springs Cemetery in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.