Brock Wilks, Funeral Director/Owner
Brock started his funeral service career in 2002 at a local area funeral home. He obtained his degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado in 2004. He now looks forward to many years of dedicated loyal service to the bereaved here in his hometown of Chubbuck, Pocatello and the surrounding area.
Brock is a lifelong resident of Pocatello. He was raised and attended schools in Pocatello, graduating from Highland High School and completing his undergraduate work at Idaho State University.
Brock and his wife Laci have six children. The Wilks family loves living in an area that affords them with the opportunity to experience the beautiful outdoors. They love to spend as much time as they can comping in the mountains. They also love to travel and take road trips.
Aaron Rowbury, Funeral Director
Aaron started his funeral service career in 2016 at a funeral home in Utah. He obtained his degree in Mortuary Science from Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2016. He is also completing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Utah State University.
Aaron was introduced to the funeral profession by his wife’s grandfather. He began working with a funeral home in Utah and fell in love with the profession. He was born and raised in Aberdeen, Idaho and is excited to be back in Idaho with his family.
Aaron and his wife Aumberly have two children. They love being outside, spending time with family, and going on walks. The Rowbury family is huge BYU fans and love playing and watching sports together.
Caleb Burke, Funeral Director
Caleb was born in Pocatello. Growing up in Pocatello, and eventually moving to Moreland, he graduated from Snake River High School in 2001. He is active in his church and is always willing to help in any way he can. Caleb served a full-time mission for his church in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to complete a local service mission in Pocatello.
Caleb started his career in funeral service in 2004 at a local funeral home. He obtained his degree in Mortuary Science from Mt. Hood Community College, dedicating himself to the bereaved and their loved ones. He honors and strives in all aspects of his life to live up to the trust others place in him; recognizing that trust is a truly sacred gift.
Caleb and his wife Jexi are parents to five amazing children. The Burkes love everything outdoors! They particularly enjoy family camping, fishing and hiking trips. They love going to sporting events and spending time in Island Park.
Sean Rood, Funeral Director
Sean is from Coos Bay, Oregon. There he raised beef cattle on the family farm. His first exposure to the funeral profession was in high school where his early morning religious seminary class met inside a funeral home. After graduating high school Sean was hired on as funeral assistant.
Sean served a Spanish-speaking mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Maryland. After returning from his mission, Sean attended BYU-Idaho where he met his wife Jocelyn. After graduating, they moved to Provo where Sean worked for a local funeral home while attending mortuary school. Sean graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service from Des Moines Area Community College in October 2016.
Sean and Jocelyn are proud parents of their son. In his spare time Sean enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, reading, playing board games, and watching movies & TV shows. Sean is excited to be working for Wilks Funeral Home and is grateful for the opportunities he has to serve the community.
Kari May, Funeral Planning Advisor
Kari May has been with Wilks Funeral Home since 2009. Kari was born and raised in Southeast Idaho where she graduated from Marsh Valley High School. After graduation, Kari went on to earn her life and health insurance license and also attended Idaho State University majoring in public health. Kari then served a mission for her church to Santiago, Chile. Upon returning from her mission, she continued her education and graduated from Idaho State University with a degree in health education and a minor in Spanish.
Kari lives in Chubbuck with her husband, Kurt and their five children. She enjoys reading, jogging, softball, cycling, cooking, camping and anything that is family oriented. Kari has enjoyed serving the people in our community with their funeral planning for the past 8 years and looks forward to many more years of service.
Jared Wilks, Embalmer
Jared was born and raised in South Eastern Idaho, graduating from Highland High school and attending Idaho State University where he competed his Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology. Jared has worked both in the information/technology industry and in Real Estate sales.
Jared and his wife have four children and enjoy spending time in nature, camping, hiking and trail riding. They have recently discovered a love of travel but also very much enjoy spending time together at their home in the canyon near Pocatello where they garden and raise animals.
Deanna Raschke, Office Manager
Deanna was born in the small town of Moore, Idaho. There she was raised along with her three sisters. She attended schools in Moore and Arco, Idaho, graduated from Butte County High School in 1974. She then moved to Pocatello in 1979. In 1994 Deanna married the love of her life, Richard Williams. They met while she was working at a bank. Richard wanted to thank her for her kindness and so asked what he could do for her, she off handedly said, “Send me flowers.” They spent 18 years together until Richard passed away in 2012 after being diagnosed with cancer.
Deanna spent 35 years in the banking industry, working for Idaho Bank & Trust, Key Bank and D.L. Evans Bank. With a widely known reputation for kindness and caring she decided to make a career change and began working at Wilks Funeral Home in 2015.
Deanna enjoys reading in her spare time. She loves anything to do with family and spending time with good friends. Deanna looks forward to many years of kindly serving those who have lost loved ones.
Gordon & Tamra Wilks, Funeral Assistants
Gordon and Tamra Wilks are both long time residents of the Pocatello area. Gordon was born in Bloomington, Idaho, Tamra in Pocatello. They were both educated in the Pocatello School System, and Gordon graduated from Idaho State University in 1968. Gordon and Tamra raised and educated 6 children in Pocatello. All have attended Idaho State University.
Gordon served aboard the guided missle destroyer PARSONS in the South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin during the Viet Nam era. Gordon was discharged from the navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Gordon has been the Broker/Owner of Gate City Real Estate Company, since 1982, and has been active in local youth programs, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, and Junior Achievement. Tamra has been heavily involved in causes involving young women issues.
Gordon and Tamra are principals in Wilks Funeral Home, LLC, and enjoy their opportunity to further serve their community in this important endeavor.
David Bowen, Aftercare Specialist
Dave was born and grew up in Rexburg Idaho. Following a mission for his Church in New Zealand he attended Ricks College where he met his wife Cindy. They have 6 children and 27 grand children. He has a special love for Seniors which he and Cindy have tried to pass on to their family. He spent 7 wonderful years as a Hospice Chaplain before coming to Wilks Funeral Home.
Dave loves to share stories of faith and humor and tries to make people laugh as often as possible. It's the best medicine he knows.
When he is not spending time with family, especially grandchildren, he enjoys golf, travel, and watching movies.
Michael & Velma Jones, Funeral Assistants
Michael and Velma were born and raised in Preston and Weston, Idaho. Although they grew up just 3 miles from each other, they never met until after Michael returned from serving a mission in Bolivia, South America for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Michael and Velma dated for three and a half weeks before becoming engaged. Three months later, they were married in the Ogden Temple. They have 4 wonderful creative children and 11 grandchildren.
Michael is a graduate of Utah State University with a major in Business and Public Relations. His career with the Quick Lube industry moved the family to Utah, California, and Oregon. Upon his retirement in 2020, the couple made their final move and returned back to their roots in Idaho to be closer to their treasured family. Velma worked as a bookkeeper for 23 years. She also volunteered as a girl’s camp staff member for 25 years. She taught youth in early morning seminary for 9 years.
Michael and Velma are often seen taking walks together. Sometimes they go wherever the path takes them. While on those walks, they always look for and enjoy the beauties in their surroundings. Something unique about them is that Michael has a twin sister, Velma has a twin sister, and their only son has a twin sister.
Berniece Jackson, Funeral Assistant
Berniece is a longtime Pocatello resident. Orginally from Grace, Idaho, Berniece moved to Pocatello to attend Grimms School of Business. After graduation she obtained a job at the Allis Chalmers Tractor dealership. It was there that she met the love of her life, Verlon Jackson.
They were married in 1953 and together they farmed the Jackson Family Farm for over 35 years in the Tyhee area; harvesting sugar beets, hay and cattle. After retirement Verlon & Berniece found a rewarding opportunity working as Funeral Assistants. They spent over 20 years working together serving the community in that capacity, and it has been the most rewarding experience of their lives.
After 62 years by each other's side Verlon passed away in January of 2016. Although still adjusting to her new life without her sweetheart, Berniece still enjoys serving the bereaved in her community as a funeral assistant. She also enjoys going on walks and keeping herself busy at home with chores.