Phil Talley a.k.a. “Red River Phil” passed on March 26, 2021 in Grangeville, Idaho at the age of 81. Phil was born to William Ray Talley and Frances Brown Talley in San Francisco, California. He was married to Kathleen Talley for 45 years. He and Kathleen moved to Red River in 1976 and later moved to White Bird, Idaho, where they lived for over 25 years. He loved Idaho and preferred living in the boonies away from all the hubbub of city life. For a while, he and Kathleen were the proud owners of Talley’s bar on Main Street, White Bird. He was a devoted and loving husband and cared for Kathleen for many long years before she passed.
For the past 14 years, Phil spoke with his daughter, Leigh, on the telephone every Sunday morning. He never forgot a birthday and always mailed a card with a surprise enclosed to his daughter, son-in-law, grandson’s, daughter’s in-law, and six great grandchildren. He didn’t have much in the way of material wealth, but he was a very generous person, always willing to help people. He was a simple man. His main saying to his children was, “Peace and Love”.
Phil and his brother, Bob, were not close growing up as they had an age gap of five years, which was a lot for children without mutual friends or interests. But as they grew into old age, five years were like nothing and they became much closer which Bob is very thankful for. They shared a good sense of humor together.
His niece Linda describes him this way, “I have fond memories of him. He was quite a character, very honest, and had a real love and interest in people. I really appreciated that when I wrote him, he would always respond right away. He was one of a kind.”
Phil is preceded in death by his younger daughter, Renee, his wife Kathleen, his mother and father, and cousin Jay Brown.
He is survived by his elder brother Bob, his daughter Leigh, son-in-law Arnald, his best friend Brud, his cousin Lee Brown, nieces Linda Talley Pariani and Laura Talley, grandsons Ryan and Marcus Nino, and six great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.