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Rich E. Orme


   Rich E. Orme 78, Died Sept. 10. 2009 in Idaho Falls from heart complications.

Rich was born Aug. 18, 1931 at St. Anthony the son of Dean & Stella Miller Orme. He grew up and attended school in St. Anthony graduating from South Fremont High in l947. He later attended the Univ. of ID. in Moscow where he received a BS in Business in l954.

After completing ROTC in College Rich served in the U.S. Air Force as an officer from l954 -1957. Upon completion of jet flight training school in l955 he was stationed at Evreaux, France, flying C-119 cargo aircraft in Europe and N. Africa.

He married Doris Marie Kooch on Aug. 17, 1957. Rich and Dorris lived in St. Anthony and Island Park and enjoyed raising their three daughters and son operating a successful ranching business in the Camas Creek area near Dubois, ID. and Island Park, ID.; Doris passes away in l981.

Rich later married Margaret (Peggy) Bunting in l983. They served together in the Idaho State Legislature and enjoyed traveling. Peggy passed away in 2003.

Rich is a member of the LDS Church.

He was active in both political and public service, serving in the Idaho State house of Representatives for two terms assigned to Education, Resources & Conservation & Health and Welfare Committees. He was a Republican Central Committee Chairman for Fremont Co., Republican Legislative Dist. 28 Chairman, and Pres. of the Eastern Idaho Lincoln Day Ass. He also served served as Chairman of the Agricultural Advisory Board, Idaho State Youth Services Center and Chairman of the BLM Advisory Board, Idaho Falls Dist. He was a member of the Fremont Co. Planning & Zoning Commission, St. Anthony Planning and Zoning Board, St. Anthony Lion’s Club, St. Anthony Jaycees, and American Legion post 20. He served as Pres. and Board of Directors, Sawtell Chapter, Outdoors Unlimited.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Allison (Mark) Giacoletto, Cody, Wy.; Shelly (Clinton) Clark, Boise, ID.; Kay (Jon Shane) Olpin; 2 brothers Robert D. Orme, St. Anthony, ID.; Burton M. Orme, Seattle, WA.; 6 Grandsons, 2 Granddaughters and 1 Great Granddaughters. He is also survived by his Step Daughters - Heidi Bunting Brand, Edmonton, Canada, and Sally Bunting Nihipali, Yorba Linda, CA.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the St Anthony Idaho LDS Stake with Bp. Mike Carlson officiating. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. also at the Church. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery under the direction of the Bidwell Funeral Home. Family suggest contributions be made to the Idaho Youth Ranch Foundation in the name of Rich E. Orme at The Idaho Youth Ranch, Tribute Program , P.O. Box 8538, Boise, ID. 83707.


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