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Jerald C. Thorpe, 80 of Idaho Falls, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Idaho Falls. He was born on January 15, 1936 to Monte Roy and Eunice Ailene (Walker) Thorpe. He was raised in the Shoshone, ID area and graduated from Shoshone High School in 1953. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War in the Far East, Australia and in the Arctic. After his Navy service, he returned to Idaho and started his construction career with H-K Construction. He moved to Idaho Falls in 1960 and began working for Cope Well Drilling in 1962, later for Andrus Construction and he later retired from Ovard Construction. Jerald loved bowling and worked at Bowl-Ero Lanes in Idaho Falls. He served in the Idaho Men's and the Idaho Jr. Bowling Associations and was active in the bowling community.

Jerald is survived by his long time loving companion: Elizabeth Hill of Idaho Falls; his daughter: Katherine Columber-Eash and her husband Keith of Wauseon, OH; granddaughter: Shalae Columber and her children: Victoria Fahringer and Derrick Beckstein; and his brother Donald Thorpe of Mountain Home, ID. He is also survived by Beth's children: Antonette Ciola and husband Ron; Danielle Hill and Dominique Patterson and her husband Dalton and their children: Destiny Poduska, Daron Poduska, Vanessa Simpson, Ethan Jones, Elexys Hill, Samantha Chavoya and Joslyn Garner. Jerald was preceded in death by his parents; his son Roy Dean Thorpe; three infant sisters and four brothers: Clifford, Kenneth, Wayne and Lyle Thorpe.