Richard Emerson Broyles, well known as “Dick” or “Rich”, of Moscow, Idaho, passed away February 21, 2023 at the age of 88 surrounded by his loving children. He was born February 25, 1934 in Hailey, Idaho to Otto L. and Elizabeth A (Moore) Broyles.
He attended school in Hailey Idaho and in his youth worked at the Broyles Pharmacy soda fountain, repaired cars, caddied in Sun Valley as well as actively participated in; football, golf, basketball and baseball before graduating from Hailey High School.
Following graduation, Richard attended Idaho State University where he earned a degree in Auto Mechanics. He met the first love of his life, Jean Elva Schuppenies, and they married on June 8, 1957 in Shoshone, Idaho. They moved to Moscow, Idaho where he enrolled at the University of Idaho to study engineering while working part time as an auto mechanic at Fehrenwald Chevrolet. He received his Refrigeration Certification in 1960 and shortly thereafter purchased Fork Refrigeration from Art Fork.
Fork Refrigeration was a family-based business which Richard and Jean along with their 5 children ran from their home until 1976. Operations then moved to the current location on South Main Street following the purchase of the building and property. The business soon expanded with the acquisition of Moscow-Pullman Refrigeration and the addition of residential insulation services as well as the sales of restaurant equipment and supplies.
Richard served the community of Moscow for 60 years providing homes and businesses with his expertise in the HVACR industry and tirelessly working at Fork Refrigeration with his three sons until he was 86 years old. He also was very active in his community, serving on the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, the Home Builders Association, the Moscow Baseball Association, President of the Moscow Swim Team, and as a coach for his youngest son’s church basketball team.
After the unexpected death of Jean in 1993, he remarried on June 22,1996 to Elaine Cathryn Wacker Vincenti. Whenever Elaine could convince Dick to get away from the business for a few days, they traveled around the world and visited their children and grandchildren.
Supporting his children and grandchildren in the many sporting, church and school events in which they participated brought him great joy. He will be forever remembered as the Dad and Grandpa who could fix anything, loved to work, enjoyed sports and most of all forgave.
Richard is survived by his children; Robert (Jody), Jay (Barbara), Terri (Marc) Foster, Vicki (Mark) Ham, Dan (Toni), Matt (Renae) Vincenti, Amanda Vincenti (Michael Espinosa), 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, as well as his two wives; Jean Elva and Elaine Cathryn.
Burial Services were held previously on his 89th birthday; February 25, 2023 at the Moscow, Idaho Cemetery.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building located on 1657 S. Blaine Street in Moscow, Idaho.