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Rockey L Burkholder

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Posted by:
Carrie Sue Suldovsky

Posted on:
December 26, 2020

Rockey the last two times I saw you in the past couple months. #1 when I stopped by you and your Mom's to give you a B.D. card, then that one day last summer when your Brother-in-law had you, your Mom and his granddaughter out for a drive about with Q-T having a ride about as well. He stopped by the old shop to ask my husband what was it he was working on.. We spoke of how the people who once lived in one; or another place here in the area had moved away. Most of all we exchanged how nice it is to live where everyone knows each other. So we all knew you Rockey and those who never got to meet you are the poorest of souls.. Bless you and may your family heal over the passing at such a hard time..

Posted by:
Helen and Jim Chase

Posted on:
December 19, 2020

Since the first time we opened our doors at Tucked Away, Rockey was a customer and daily friend. He personified Bonners Ferry as the Friendliest town. No matter where we saw him over the years he remembered our names, that we had lost weight and looked gorgeous, both of which were probably not true but made you feel gorgeous. All the cookies etc. he brought to our store from businesses all over town were a welcome treat to our morning routine. We will miss seeing him walking around town and being at every function with his awesome and loving Mom. Our deepest sympathy to Theresa, Marty, Mikkel, and Valdie.

Posted by:
Bruce Reoch

Posted on:
December 12, 2020

Rockey, we will miss you, walking on the bridge,around town, you big wave and smile when we'd honk the horn at you. Your concern for us. Rest in peace our friend. Go fly high on that mountain Gail & Bruce Reoch

Posted by:
Gabe Dickinson

Posted on:
December 12, 2020

Even at 72 years old, Rocky leaves us way to early. Some of my earliest childhood memories included Rocky. I got to know him well while attending the old northside school. Rocky was one of a kind and will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to meet him.

Posted by:
Ron Mensch

Posted on:
December 12, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodby to Rockey. A tad bit younger than I, we first met when we moved back to Idaho in 1977, and attended the United Methodist Church. We were both a bit younger then, and it didn't take long to appreciate his friendliness, his frankness, and his special sense of humor. As we became active in the church and got to know Rockey better, we grew in appreciation of each other. He always said to me, "You are a saint you know." Whether seeing him down town, at church, or caroling at his home, his smile and heartfelt greetings were something I took a lesson from. It is difficult to state the how greatly I valued the lesson Rockey had for me. In our fast paced world, the value of a person is too often measured by his possessions or accomplishments; "4 car garage and we're still building on." Rockey never had a "trophy home." Rockey never shot a trophy elk. Rockey never accumulated great material wealth. God didn't put Rockey on earth for such things. God put Rockey on this earth to serve as an example of how to treat others, as a lesson in humility, as a reminder to be sure our priorities were in order. I thank him for that. It is a constant struggle to discern and live the life God has in mind for me. It is difficult to put aside the distractions, the disinformation of our culture, and the worldly views. Rocky stayed the course. He was here to cheer us up, to encourage us, to be a positive influence, to show that a humble life focused on others is of great value and satisfaction. God wishes us to give to others, to deny self. Rockey was, and always will be a reminder to me of God's value system, not ours. Jesus teaches us to deny self, think of others, Rockey did that. Thank you Lord for sharing Rockey with me, he was a saint. I will always have an image of Rockey in my mind, waving hello from the bridge across the river, as we drove by. When informed of Rockey's death this week, our daughter Mia quickly suggested that a statue of Rockey be erected on the old bridge, waving his friendly wave; like he did for so many years. Good idea.

Posted by:
Kathleen \"Kat\" Jaramillo aka Wendy Haynes and family

Posted on:
December 12, 2020

My heart is broken to learn of this beautiful person, beautiful human has left this world. Rockey you are (I don't want to say "were "as your memory will live on) a special human, a dear soul who I love dearly, even though I wasn't closely associated, I still knew you. You had a heart of gold and joyful one. You will be missed. I think it is wonderful your memory was shared on national TV where I learned of your passing, you deserved that recognition My family sends sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family. I am so sorry for your loss. I think we were blessed to have him in our lives. Love Kat (aka Wendy) Jaramillo (Haynes) Daughter of Mike and Katherine Haynes formerly of Bonners Ferry Idhao

Posted by:
Melenie Hanson

Posted on:
December 11, 2020

Rockey! Outside of my nieces, I don't know that anyone ever appreciated my sparkly accessories to any of my outfits as much as you did. You even noticed the glittery thread sewn into the pockets of my jeans when nobody else did. You'd compliment me and tell me that I was something special on the days that I seemed to be feeling my worst. YOU were the sparkly and glittery gem of Boundary County and I have no doubt that your sparkle will continue to shine down on those you love. Thank you for being such a light and for setting such an example for so many of us. With so much love, Melenie Hanson

Posted by:
Cheryl Kaessinger

Posted on:
December 10, 2020

Thank you being such a JOY in our lives Rockey!

Posted by:
Marianne Hale

Posted on:
December 10, 2020

My heart hurts. What a loss for Bonners Ferry. Prayers for Valdie, Teresa, and all the family.

Posted by:
Jayne Davis

Posted on:
December 10, 2020

Even though it’s been decades, I remember Rockey as so full of love and laughter. My heart breaks for you all- I know you are cherishing his memories and we will all see him again in heaven- much love to you Theresa, Marty and family

Posted by:
John Rosco

Posted on:
December 10, 2020

I can only say you made it Rocky God in loving on you with open arms . I will miss my cousin but will see you in heaven . Thank you lord for your grace and mercy in loving us and welcoming us home when you call us . I love you my family. With love the Rosco’s.

Posted by:
Wendy Hoffman

Posted on:
December 10, 2020

Rockey, your Everlasting JOY will be missed in Bonners! You are an inspiration to all! Much love to you my Friend and to Valdie, Teresa, Marty and all the family.

Posted by:
Rebecca Huseby

Posted on:
December 9, 2020

The flag of my heart is at half mast today My cherished friend, Rockey has just moved away He’s got a new address in heaven above But what better place for a Champion of Love? He seemed so obscure, unpretentious and kind No strangers he knew, ALL were friends in HIS mind He bestowed compliments like fragrant bouquets He filled Boundary County with his loving ways Yes, we’ve now said “Goodbye” to the house he lived in But he’s only just moved and we’ll see him again For heaven IS real, and Rockey IS there He’s got a new job – he’s in a new chair For heaven is sweeter, God knew it would be With Rockey as greeter for you and for me The flag of my heart is as half mast today, But Rockey’s NOT gone….he’s just moved away!

Posted by:
Wendy

Posted on:
December 9, 2020

Rocky is an inspiration to us all. His life of joy and humor remains as a shining light in our town, our lives and our memories. Save me a place, Rocky. You, I know, will be there to welcome us in heaven.