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Burke Hinman Scholer

Mar. 6, 1935 - Mar. 30, 2021

Date of Service: Apr. 9, 2021

Burke Hinman Scholer, age 86, returned to his Heavenly Father on the evening of March 30, 2021, surrounded by loving family in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Burke was born March 6, 1935 in Bothwell, Utah to Rudolph Emil Scholer Jr. & Ruby Hinman Scholer. The youngest of three children, Burke grew up in the Bear River Valley until June, 1952 when he moved to Burley, Idaho and graduated High School in 1953. With dreams of being a veterinarian, Burke attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah for one year, then returned to Burley in 1954 and married Connie Rae Dolph in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, April 15th of the same year.

Burke and Connie lived in Burley together for a short time, when Burke joined the Armed Forces, serving in the Army. Basic training took him to Colorado Springs, Colorado; Connie remained in Burley with her parents and their oldest daughter, Linda, while Burke was away. “I was part way through basic training when my mother-in-law, Nancy Irene Dolph passed away. I was allowed a week to go back to Burley for the funeral. I was in a group that was headed to Huntsville, Alabama for Guided Missile Training, but when I returned, I was informed that I had missed too much training and was recycled to a different company for an additional two weeks, and then reassigned to go to Construction Drafting School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia to be trained as a Construction Draftsman.”

At the end of his basic training two-week furlough before reporting to Ft. Belvoir, Burke bought a pickup, and small 19-foot house trailer, packed up his wife, their little girl, and arrived in Virginia on the assigned date, July 4, 1955. At the end of the 3-month training, Burke was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, in the headquarters Company of the 18th Engineering Brigade. In 1956, their second daughter, Kim, was born in May and Burke was Honorably Discharged from Active Service in December of that same year.
January, 1957 they returned to Burley, Idaho where he soon began his work with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS). He worked for the SCS as an Engineering Technician until 1988.

Burke and Connie welcomed three more children (Mark, Kayla, and Sandie) into their family. In 1965, they moved from Burley to Springdale and he started farming. They were expecting their sixth child; Monette Scholer was stillborn on January 6, 1967. Complication of the stillbirth tragically brought about Connie’s passing on January 14, 1967. Adjusting to this loss was only compounded a few weeks later, when on February 27, 1967 tragedy struck again, claiming Mark’s short 9 ½ year life.

Being a single parent under these circumstances was extremely difficult. His mother, Ruby left her work in California and moved to Burley to help Burke with his girls. Several months later, Burke met AnnJean Coltrin, and after a short courtship, they married in the Idaho Falls, Idaho Temple, July 1, 1967. To this union, three more daughters were born, completing their family of seven girls.

Together, they enjoyed a life raising seven children, “all boys but seven.” Life was never dull in the Scholer home. Burke taught his girls the value of hard work, sacrifice, service, forgiveness, and that there was always room for laughter and fun.

In 1988, Burke moved to Boise, Idaho after being recruited by the US Bureau of Reclamation. He retired from work with the Federal Government in 1991 and immediately began his next career with the State of Idaho Department of Water Resources. Burke retired from the Department of Water Resources, as a Hydrologist, in 2001. Following his retirement, he (and his wife) served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Farm Management Company. Their full-time service became part-time missionary service from 2003 – 2008, during which time he developed a 40-acre subdivision in Kuna, Idaho. Just when life started to “slow-down” a little, he (and his wife) served another full-time mission.

Being that his careers kept him busy outdoors, he developed some topical skin cancer issues, which he was able to manage. In 2006, he beat a more aggressive cancer issue. In 2012, he developed an aggressive skin cancer, which metastasized, resulting in invasive surgeries, and radiation treatment. The side-effects of the treatments created additional health issues which he valiantly fought until his body was just worn out.

Some of his most valuable lesson that he made sure to teach his girls were “You can never go wrong by doing what’s right”; “You’re wasting daylight”; “An Honest Day’s Work for an Honest Day’s Pay”; “If You Can’t Say Something Nice, Don’t Say It At All”; but ultimately, Burke’s example was the best teacher.

Burke was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many leadership positions throughout his life, and in addition to his faithful and dedicated missionary service was a Temple Ordinance Worker. Burke’s love for his Savior, Jesus Christ, was evident in his every thought, word and deed.

All who knew Burke felt they had a friend in him; his smile lit up a room almost as bright as his spirit did. Burke had a heart of gold; he made friends everywhere he went, and it seemed that everyone knew him by name. He was an amazing story teller and so smart! He loved photography, farming, animals, engineering, gardening, barbequing, math facts at the dinner table, carrot cake, but most of all he loved his family.

Burke will be so dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his dear wife of 53 years, AnnJean Scholer, of San Tan Valley, Arizona; his daughters Linda (Ron) Turner of Declo, Idaho; Kim (Kerry) Young, of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Kayla (Alan) Gerratt of Burley, Idaho; Sandie (Del) Brummett of Mesa, Arizona; Heidi (Roman) Pikula of Las Vegas, Nevada; Jennifer Thomas of Boise, Idaho; Angie (Brian) Critchfield of Chandler, Arizona; 26 grandchildren and 53 (and counting) great grandchildren. Burke was preceded in death by his parents, his only brother Robert E. Scholer; his only sister, Norma Holmgren; his wife Connie; his son, Mark; his daughter, Monette; grandson, Spencer Gerratt; and great-grandson, Zeek Young.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Gem Memorial Gardens, 2435 Overland Ave., in Burley.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley.

Condolences for Burke Hinman Scholer

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From Mike Raymond:
Burke was a great help to me early in my career with SCS/NRCS. He was one of the smartest guys I ever knew and his advice was always sought and welcomed by me and many others. I am privileged to have known him and counted him as my friend. God bless him and his family.
From Dan Ogle :
I worked as a trainee for SCS in 1978 in Burley and as a Range Specialist in Twin Falls and Fairfield through 1986. Burke trained and assisted me may times with conservation engineering workloads. Burke was alway helpful and top notch in his skills and made the jobs a pleasure. I saw Burke many times in the years to follow and it was always a pleasure to see my good friend. Burke you will be missed by all of us who worked with you and called you friend!
From Gale Roberts:
I worked with Burke in the Soil Conservation Office in Burley during the early 1970's. He helped improve my engineering skills and taught me to do snow surveys. He was always a gentleman even when he got the snow cat stuck. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Joyce and Gale ( rabbits ) Roberts.
From Derrahl and Faye Holmes:
Ann Jean and Scholer family,
So very sorry to hear of Burkes passing. Derrahl has so many fond memories from school, college and working at the SCS office with Burke. He was always such a kind, gentle person. He will always be remembered by us. Thoughts and prayers are with you Annjean and all the family at this time of sorrow.
From Jack Hill:
I had so love and respect for Burke, Connie, and Ann Gene and their beautiful family. I lived with them the summer of 1964 when I was a trainee for the SCS. May the assuage you sorrow and grief at this time and leave you with sweet memories of your loved one. Our faith and prayers are with you.
From Kim Scholer Young:
I love you Dad.
From Denny and Jan Davis:
Dear Scholer Family,
I just want you to know how much I loved and appreciated Burke. He worked with me in my US Bureau of Reclamation "formative years," and taught me a lot. We did a lot of learning, working and teaching principles of irrigation and farming to many wonderful people. And . . . , he just had . . . a "Movie Star" look about him! I look forward to seeing and knowing Burke again with you in the next life.
Love, Denny and Jan Davis, Burley/Oakley, Idaho

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