Ray Laurel Fillmore, 92, of Shelley, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Burley, Idaho, to Bert and Marvel Cloward Fillmore, the fifth of eight children. His childhood years were spent in Springdale, Idaho. It was while Ray was in Burley that he met the love of his life, Nelda Gene Peterson. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple for time and all eternity on June 1, 1945.
He graduated from Burley High School in 1939. During World War II, he served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army Engineers in the South Pacific.
Ray worked 43 years in the potato business with JR Simplot, Roger Brothers, and Basic American Foods. Ray retired from the potato business in 1986. After retiring, Ray and Nelda spent many winters in Apache Junction, Ariz., and St. George, Utah.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in his community as Lion Club president, as well as in other service organizations.
Ray enjoyed golfing, camping and spending time in his yard. In his later years he loved watching sporting events, long drives in the country and helping others in the spud harvest. He was honored as Grand Marshall of the Annual Shelley Spud Day in 2009.
Ray is survived by his three children, Linda Black and Debbie ( Mike) Carter, both of Shelley, and Ray ( Janet) Fillmore Jr. of South Jordan, Utah; 11 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; his brother, Keith Fillmore of Provo, Utah; and sister, LaVera (Louis) Moldenhauer of Mesa, Ariz.