Kenneth Anthony Topholm

Kenneth Anthony Topholm passed away at home with his family by his side on Monday, January 15, 2018. Ken was born January 4, 1938 in Ely, Nevada. He was the only child born to Gunnard and Kathryn Topholm. Ken graduated from White Pine High School in 1956. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was stationed at Walker AFB, Roswell, New Mexico.

His time in Roswell proved to be a turning point in his life where he met the love of his life, Sandra Caruthers.  They were married May 18, 1958. While living in Roswell they welcomed their first child, Carrie Lynn.  After Ken was Honorably Discharged from the Air Force in 1960, he moved his family back to Ely, where they had a son, Michael Anthony.  In 1962, they moved back to Roswell where they had another son, Gregory Scott.

Ken sold cars at Junction Motors in Ely and then worked for Kirkeby’s White Pine Feed.  In 1970, Ken relocated to Twin Falls, Idaho where he worked for Walco International, Inc.  He became a top salesman/manager, receiving many awards, including Manager of the Year.

Ken had many hobbies, including pheasant hunting with his buddies from Ely, fishing and camping with friends and family in the South Hills, Salmon Dam and Lake Alturas.  His greatest passion was playing golf.  Ken and Sandra played many Idaho State Couple Golf Tournaments, even winning the 1981 State Championship.  Ken loved to travel to Arizona in the winter for many golf outings.  He was an active member at the Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Kimberly, Idaho.  He coordinated many tournaments and events until his health prevented him from playing golf.

Ken is survived by his loving wife, Sandra: daughter Carrie Goodall (Greg) and son Mike Topholm (Corine); four grandchildren, Cori Glauner (Brandon), Sara Dulin (Patrick), Jason Topholm (Dori) and Brittney Topholm; six great grandchildren, Logan Glauner, Sydney Glauner, Ashlee Beezley, Sean Lewis, EmmaJean Topholm and Addison Topholm; many cousins and his family in Denmark.

Ken was preceded in death by both parents, and his youngest son, Gregory, in 2008.

The family would like to thank St. Luke’s Hospice, especially Erin, Travis and Becky for the loving care and support provided to Ken and Sandra.  Also, thanks to Christy Carmichael, volunteer from St. Edward’s Catholic Church, for providing spiritual support.

For those choosing not to send flowers in remembrance of Ken, the family requests donations be made in his name to Camp Rainbow Gold, 216 W. Jefferson, Boise, Idaho 83702 or https://camprainbowgold.org/donate or donation may be left at the mortuary.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 20, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 161 6th Ave. E. in Twin Falls.  Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 19, at White Mortuary, Chapel by the Park, 136 4th Ave. E. in Twin Falls with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

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  1. John F Parodi says:

    Kenny was one of my best pals as we grew up in Ely. We had many joyful times on Columbia Squires and just messing around.
    Then we both went our ways and I only saw him once in the ensuing years.
    I was happy to read that he was a successful business and family man, as well as a very good golfer.
    Kenny was one of the good guys along with his mom and dad who were very kind to me when I was growing up in Ely. Little wonder he turned out so well.

    Happy Trails Kenny, I hope we meet again.

    untington Bedach, Ca 82648

  2. Rod Miller says:

    Condolences to Kenny’s family.

    I always looked forward to seeing Kenny at Class of ’56 reunions. We went to the same schools together starting at Murry Street, and had the kind if bond that comes from that many years together in school. He had a unique laugh that I’ll never forget.

    Rod Miller
    Palo Alto,CA

  3. Mary Schneider says:

    Along with his wonderful parents, Kay and Gunny, Ken was and will always be remembered and loved. Rest in peace Ken..

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