John Bermensolo

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

John D. Bermensolo, 86, of Mountain Home, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007, at a local care center.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 12, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.

John was born on June 12, 1921, in Mountain Home, the son of Juan and Marie Bermensolo.

He graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1939 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree, Accounting and Marketing, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1947.

He served in the US Army during World War II.

Upon graduating from the University of Utah he was employed as an accountant at Sun Valley Resort then became a self-employed accountant and owned a real estate firm in Sun Valley. John returned to Mountain Home in 1950 and continued being self-employed in accounting, insurance and real estate. In 1952 he and his brother, Claude, became co-owners together of Mountain Home Agency, and the business had continuously been operated by them until this year.

John was very active in the Mountain Home community. John, Bill Sanders and Howard Stulick were the founders of the Committee of 50 Military Affairs Committee.

He also served as president of the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, helped direct a number of community and Chamber fundraising campaigns, was a precinct committeeman of the Elmore County Republican Party, treasurer for the City of Mountain Home, a member of the select Military Affairs group in Washington D.C., a member of the National Association of Realtors, and a leader of the Mountain Home Development Association.

John was also a member of the Elmore Masonic Lodge, Fidelity Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masons, El Korah Shrine Temple, Amaranth Lodge, American Legion, BPOE, University of Utah Alumni Association and Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.

John's many travels included, the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the Bahamas.

John is survived by: his wife, Oledeen Bermensolo of Mountain Home; his son, Michael, and his wife, Phyllis Bermensolo of New Jersey; his son, Jerry, and his wife, DyAnne Bermensolo, of Boise; his son, Gary, and his wife, Debbie Bermensolo, of Eagle; his stepchildren, James and his wife, Debbie Jourdan, John and his wife, Esther Jourdan, Jess and his wife, Margaret Jourdan, Janet and her husband, Scott Price, Jennifer and her husband, Kevin Adams; his brother, Claude, and his wife, Chris Bermensolo, of Mountain Home; his sister, Mary Martin, of California; 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Diabetes Association.