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R. Erick Stoker

Dec. 4, 1972 - Nov. 8, 2020

Date of Service: Nov. 18, 2020

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POCATELLO – R. Erick Stoker, age 47, passed away suddenly, but peacefully at his home in Pocatello, on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

He was born December 4, 1972, in Burley, Idaho, the son of Robert H and Sharen Anderson Stoker. Erick lived his childhood and teenage years in Rupert, and graduated from Minico High School in 1991. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully as an Aaronic Priesthood holder and participated in Scouting and other Young Men activities. He attended Utah Valley State College and the College of Southern Idaho. While continuing his college education, he continued to farm his land north of Rupert. He subsequently was employed by Nature’s Best in Rupert.

Erick decided to move to Pocatello to complete his degree in accounting from Idaho State University. He worked several years for Wada Farms in Pingree, and for the past four years, he was employed by Driscoll Brothers in Pocatello as an accountant. He was admired by all who worked with him. He spoke often of his many coworkers and friends who he enjoyed working and associating with.

He was an avid sports fan and was especially passionate for the Seattle Seahawks from a young age. He continued to be a loyal fan through the years and has never faltered.

Erick was an example of one who has fought an uphill battle without thinking downhill thoughts. Despite his small stature, Erick will be admired and remembered for his resilience, quick wit, genuine smile, and the determination to live his life freely and independently.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Sharen Stoker of Rupert; his two sisters, Shanna Brubaker (Jeff) of Helena, Mont., and Lynette McKenzie (Kent) of Twin Falls; his adoring nieces, Jessica Dall (Brady) of Sandy, Utah, Mikayla Hanson (Jordan) of Syracuse, Utah, and Kendra Peterson (Joshua) of Perry, Utah; one nephew, Patrick Goldman of Orem, Utah; his great-nieces, Lila Hanson and Ivoree Peterson; and a great-nephew, Dexter Dall.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Herman D. and Minnie Ora Child Stoker;
maternal grandparents, Wayne F. and Carma Erickson Anderson; and other beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Rupert Stake Center, 324 E. 18th St., in Rupert, with Bishop Boyd W. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Rupert Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and at the church on Wednesday, from noon until 12:45 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are required at the visitation and funeral service.

For those unable to attend the funeral in person, a live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/tkV4ORFdOHU.

Condolences for R. Erick Stoker

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From Mary Day:
Goodbye my dear friend. Will never forget all the fun we had at Natures Best. You were a lot to be around each and every day. RIP. To your parents my thoughts and prayers are with you always. Erick was one of the most special people I called my friend!
From Don and Becky Schow:
Bob and Family what a sacred and beautiful tribute the
funeral was today. Erick's life is a powerful testimony and example of how to live are time on earth.
May the comforter be with you and your family in the days ahead.
From Theron L Stoker:
Could always count on a smile and genuine greeting from Erick. Heaven has gained a friend. Best and love to you Bob and Sharen, Shanna and Lynnette. A temporary separation only. Theron and Fran Stoker
From Tyler Driscoll:
My condolences to Erick's family. I'll miss his upbeat attitude at work and getting sports updates from him every Monday, especially during football season! He has a contagious smile and laugh. I appreciated his loving kindness and joyful attitude. He positively impacted everyone he associated with and we will miss him. He is a great man!
From Dan & Stephanie Clark:
We will all miss Rick and his positive attitude. He was an inspiration to us all for living life even though you might have challenges. The last thing Rick said to me was, “Love you Cuz”, with that bright smile. What a good man! May we also say to you Rick, “We love you Cuz”. And we will miss you.
From Jennifer Murdock:
Thoughts and prayers to your family and his many friends!
From Shanda Hughes:
Such fond memories of Erick. We met him through my sister and brother-in-law Kim and Travis Cantrell. He was always so funny and great to be around. We shared a love for the Seahawks and English Bulldogs. He will be missed. Please accept our condolences Patrick and Shanda Hughes
From Craig Manning :
I will miss Erick. I think of him once in a while and always smile. He was a good influence in my life even if he was cocky about is Nintendo baseball skills. I can still see him in his big white hoodie in high school with that special quote from Bel Biv Devoe. Thank you for the good times, Stroke!! See you on the other side!
From Carol Shockey:
I was fortunate to work with Erick at Nature's Best. He was so kind and funny. Many good memories of a good man.
From Michelle Harmon Miles:
This is Michelle, granddaughter of Deloss Stoker. Rick and I interactions mostly took place at reunions. I remember going to reunions (I think in Logan Ut) and Rick was there. Rick was always smiling and his laugh was infectious. Rick was an emotional and spiritual giant who left impression of optimism on me I will never forgot..... he is truly remarkable. God gave you a gift in Rick, and Rick gave his gift to everyone he knew.
From Michell Harmon Miles:
This is Michelle, granddaughter of Deloss Stoker. Rick and I Interactions mostly took place at reunions. I remember going to reunions (I think in Logan Ut) and Rick was there. Rick was always smiling and his laugh was infectious. Rick was an emotional and spiritual giant who left impression of optimism on me I will never forgot..... he is truly remarkable. God gave you a gift in Rick, and Rick gave his gift to all of us.
From Michelene Clark White :
I am so sad for your loss Uncle Bob and Aunt Sharen, Shanna and Lynette. Rick was born when I was on my mission in Colombia so I didn’t get to know my little cousin as well as my younger siblings, Dan, Kristin and Jon. I will always remember him as a fun-loving and active little boy who was a joy to everyone. I so admired his determination to be college educated and I loved to hear about his love for the Seahawks on social media. My son Spencer also has fond memories of Rick at the Stoker reunions we attended through the years. May our Heavenly Father give you comfort in the knowledge that we will be with him again. I am sure he is rejoicing seeing his grandparents and all the Stoker uncles, aunts and cousins who have passed.
From Launa Jaynes :
I echo many thoughts already expressed. Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers in your behalf. Rick was a force to be reckoned with, always cheerful, always fun, a dedicated Seahawk fan, and a beloved cousin. He accepted his lot in life with determination and strength. I know how tough this is for you Uncle Bob & Aunt Sharen and Shanna and Lynette. I also know your pain is lessened a bit by imagining the joy on the otherside. I am still sorry for your loss for now. Love to you all. Launa
From Kristin Price:
Love to you Uncle Bob and Aunt Sharen, Shanna, Lynette, and your families. My heart hurts for all of you. Rick is a “super hero” for all of us!! I have so many memories of little Rick, reunions, Rupert, watching him grow up and become a good Man. Loved him so much. Enjoyed his chuckle, his wit and his tenacity!! I never was into sports but I learned quickly about the “Seahawks”!! May you all have comfort at this time with the prayers that are for your sweet Family. Love again to all and may your hearts eventually have less pain.
From Ray Whittier:
Erick is well known for his kindness and soft-spoken manner. He never complained or allowed his struggles to dampen his cheery attitude. So very sorry for your loss! We love you!
From Curtis & Carey Stoker:
I loved to talk with Erick. To me, he was always so positive, and I admired that so much given his challenges in life. I am so sorry for your loss, Uncle Bob, Aunt Sharon, Shanna and Lynnette. I will miss him and I know that will only be a fraction of the loss you feel. May God bless you all with understanding and comfort.
From Rachelle Peterson:
Rick was not only my cousin but my buddy! We were the same age and spent many of our days growing up playing at grandma and grandpas farm and the potato cellars at their place. You will be missed sweet cousin! Aunt Sharon, uncle Bob. Lynette and Shanna I am so sorry. You are only thoughts and prayers!
From Thomas Murphy:
Erick had a personality and grit that was much larger than his stature. He was very kind, always happy, and would make people feel welcomed. He usually had something funny to say and could make people laugh. He will be missed, and like many others I was impressed with his fortitude and endurance. My heart goes out to his family. I'm glad I was able to know Erick.
From Stephen Kunzler:
My condolences to the Stoker family and all of Eric's friends. It was so fun growing up with Rick. He was always up for an adventure, loved sports and hanging out and never let his challenges slow him down or take the smile from his face. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. I'm grateful to have known him and for the inspiration he has been in my life.
From SINDY GRAY:
Sharen and Family: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart broke, and when I told my sons Travis, and Ricky they was so sad. Travis was telling some fun memories of Erick. Sharen I'm sorry I won't be able to come to the funeral, We are going out of town for a week during that time. Tell your family my prayers are with all of them. I wish I could be there to give you a hug. Love Sindy & Roger Gray
From Rhonda Stoker:
It is so sad for any parent to lose a child and I'm so sorry for you, Uncle Bob, Aunt Sharen, Shanna and Lynnette. At the same time, I'm happy that he is free from his crippled body. I admire his fortitude. He always seemed up-beat even though I'm sure he had his moments of sorrow and heartbreak.
From Randall Fife:
Have so many great times with Erick with him or home he wa a super kid and a very successful man

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