Richard Edward Romack
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Richard Edward Romack
  • December 9, 1922 - May 2, 2016
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Richard Edward Romack, "Ed", 93, of Idaho Falls and Hailey, Idaho, died on Monday May 2, 2016. Ed was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Anne Elizabeth Browning Romack, and his second wife Jean Vance Carpenter Romack, and his brother Robert.

Ed was born in Wausau, Wisconsin as were his parents Richard Wesley Romack and Martha Styza Romack. During his childhood, his family moved to St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri where his father worked for the IRS.

Ed served in the Army Air Corps as a navigator in the Pacific during World War II. Upon his return he completed college at the University of Missouri. He met his first wife Anne there and they married on September 10, 1946. He worked for his father as a certified public accountant in Columbia and after several years they moved to Anne's hometown of Idaho Falls. He was an active member of the Elks and Exchange Clubs and local, regional and national gem clubs in which he held multiple positions including President at all levels.

He became interested in rocks and gems while taking his children on hikes in the mountains of Idaho. He found his life's passion in cutting colored gemstones of all sizes, most especially 'giant gemstones'. With a group of men who also loved faceting, the 'Dare Devil Faceters', he faceted many giant gemstones that reside in famous museums including the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and Gemological Institute of America. He was a Master Faceter and judged gemstone cutting in both the U.S. and Australia. He was very generous with his gemstones, giving them to loved ones and friends on many occasions.

Through his love of faceting he met Jean Carpenter at a local rock club. They traveled the world together by air, land and sea. He married her in 2008 and they moved to Hailey to be near his daughter Susy.

Ed is survived by his four children: Greg, of Anchorage, AK; Rick (Suzi), Stockton, CA; Roxy Evans (Paul), Carmel, IN; Susy Boettcher (Steve), Hailey, ID and two grandchildren: Chris Schwartz (Gena); and Taylor McMahon (Dan); and four great-grandchildren: Claire, Maya, Riley and Jacob; and his extended family Chris DuBrock, Andrew DuBrock (Autumn) and their children Leora and Will, Fiona DuBrock, John Grimes and Shonna Grimes.

A viewing will be held from 4 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 East 17th Street, Idaho Falls. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home. He will be buried next to Anne at Rose Hill Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340 or at www.hpcwrv.org or the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies Scholarship Foundation payable to "AFMS Scholarship Foundation", AFMS Scholarship Foundation, c/o Lauren Williams, 957 E Elva St. Idaho Falls, ID 83401.