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Re: Obit. Lookup: Arta Burks
Posted by: Leslie Boren (ID *****5875) Date: September 21, 2007 at 18:26:03
In Reply to: Obit. Lookup: Arta Burks by Lori DENTON of 52

Idaho Falls Post Register, October 14, 1975:

"Hunter finds body of missing city man"

MENAN - A body, found Sunday west of Menan on the Snake River, has been identified as that of Arta Fletcher Burks, 76, of Idaho Falls, who had been missing since July 17.

The body was discovered by a duck hunter in brush and weeds about 30 yards from the river, according to Wayne Johnson, Jefferson County deputy sheriff.

Johnson said the body was identified by clothing. He said the body was too decomposed to determine cause of death but that there was no indication of foul play.

The body was discovered less than 100 yards from where search parties from the Bonneville County Jeep Patrol and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office had searched in late July.

Born Aug. 30, 1899, at Mountain Grove, Mo., the son of Samuel and Mary E. Biers Burks, Mr. Burks was a sportsman and an expert in Indian lore with a number of Indian artifacts.

Early in life, he attended schools in Missouri and joined the Navy in 1914. When he was discharged in 1919, he became a farmer and moved to Jerome in 1924 where he set up a farm with his brother Lee.

Later, Mr. Burks moved to Idaho Falls where he lived with his mother until her death in 1951. Mr. Burks resided at 695 10th St. He never married.

Mr. Burks was a skilled artisan in building gun stocks and tying flies. he was active in Boy Scouts and attended the World Scout Jamboree in 1937 with a group of Idaho Falls scouts.

Before he retired, he worked with his nephew in a key, saw and lawnmower shop on Cliff St.

Mr. Burk is survived by 10 nieces and nephews. His last surviving brother, Lee Burks, died at Twin Falls Sept. 22, 1975.

Services are scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. at Wood Chapel of the Pines with The Rev. James K. McConchie of the First Christian Church officiating.

Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

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