Miscellaneous Uintah County, Utah Obituaries

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Andre Allen Williamson

Funeral services for Andre Allen Williamson, born March 12, 1917, died April 15, 2002, were held April 20 at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Harvey Madsen conducted and read the obituary; prelude and postlude music was provided by Daun DeJournette. Jerry Tingey gave the invocation. Linda Wilkey performed "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good," she and Amanda Wilkey sang "The Lord Is My Shepherd," accompanied by Luane Larsen. Kylie Tingey was accompanied by Cydney Tingey singing "I Am A Child Of God."
Speaker was Venil P. Johnson. Gary Lyman gave the benediction. Pallbearers were Cary Mecham, Josh Haakinson, Jim Lyman, Jerry Tingey, Dallas Hardison and Mike Lyman; Gary Lyman and Glen Mecham were honorary pallbearers. Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Lynn Mecham dedicated the grave.

Jerry Allen Parry

Jerry Allen Parry, age 62, of Bluebell, died April 22, 2002 at the Uintah Basin Medical Center after a long illness.
He was born Sept. 8, 1939 in Montwell to Melvon LeRoy and Phoebe Hullinger Parry.
He married Telitha Bird August 14, 1959 in Bluebell. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple Dec. 11, 1964.

Yvonne Crane Millecam

Funeral services for Yvonne Crane Millecam were conducted April 17 at the Glines 2nd Ward Chapel. Interment was at Maeser-Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Spafford Funeral Home. She died April 11 in Mesa, Ariz.
Pallbearers were Scott Robinson, Nathan Millecam, Kent Millecam, Blake Millecam, Mikel Robinson, David Eaton, Paul Millecam and Zach Millecam. Honorary pallbearers were Aldo Cadillo, Chris Millecam, Nicholas Eaton, Curt Finlayson, Ryan Millecam, Jason Weber, Jeremy Raulintis, Todd Millecam, Vernon Crane, and Lance Cpl. Garrett Eaton, currently serving in Afghanistan.
Stephanie Finlayson, Nicholas Eaton, Camille Millecam and Sue Ann Slade were speakers. Todd Millecam played a piano solo, "Love One Another." Damon and Suzanne Leonhardt sang "O Lord, My Redeemer," and the congregation sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives."

Kerri Lynn Duncan Loveday

Kerri Lynn Duncan Loveday, age 47, of Roosevelt, died April 16, 2002 at her home.
She was born August 19, 1954 in Roosevelt to Eldon DeLoy and Amelia Joyce McKenna Duncan.
Kerri liked to oil paint, and do housework. She enjoyed working as a beautician and fixing hair, spending time at her computer on the internet and E-mailing, volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce, Bible study, and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Howard George Funk

Howard George Funk, age 67, left this earthly home to return to his Heavenly Father on March 26, 2002. He passed away in the arms of his wife in the comfort of his home.
Howard was born in Roosevelt on Oct. 6, 1934 to George Francis and Lydia Ann Jenkins Funk. He spent a happy childhood in Myton. He was a star athlete at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, lettering in football, basketball, and track. In 1952, Howard broke the school record for the 440 yard dash held by his father since 1928. He was named outstanding student athlete in his senior year. He attended Utah State University on a football scholarship.
Howard met Gwen Holgate on Jan. 1, 1956. They fell in love and were married on March 15, 1956. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on June 21, 1962. Howard and Gwen are the parents of five children: Debra Ann (Randy) Montgomery, Richardsville, Va., George Howard, West Covina, Calif., Bradley Frank (Stacy) Funk, Vernal, Heidi Gwen (David) Sadlier, Vernal, and Craig Howard (Marcy) Funk, Spring Creek, Nev. 

Jamie Joe Fisher

Funeral services for Jamie Joe Fisher who died April 14, 2002, were held Friday, April 19, at Grace Baptist Church.
Pastor Mike Bardon offered the opening prayer; the congregation sang "The Old Rugged Cross." Mary Ann Davis sang "10,000 Angels Cried," after which Julie McMickell spoke.
The congregation sang "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus" after a poetic recitation. Pastor Bardon then gave a message and the benediction. Luncheon was served after the services at the church.

Mary Marie Colton Fisher

The last leaf from the Colton family fell April 19, 2002. This beautiful lady was born Oct. 27, 1910, the third child of Adelbert and Irma Young Colton in Vernal. Her older siblings Milas and Calista were delighted to have a baby sister. The two older children loved the great outdoors, while Mary was content to be with her mother, a fine seamstress and milliner. She taught Mary, who had talent and interest in the fine art of designing, tailoring and sewing. She made many of her own clothes and was meticulous in each creation.
She met Lotus Fisher at a dance and they were great partners. They both loved to dance; what a great start at married life.
They lost a baby daughter who must be rejoicing at Mary coming home. Lotus and Mary made their home in Duchesne, where Lotus was postmaster. (It was there we spent our summer vacations as children.) In time they had a daughter Sanny and then Glade and then Nyle. By then the war was on, and Mary worked for the rationing board and post office beside her husband Lotus.

Dorreen Joan Boren

Dorreen Joan Boren, age 47, passed away on April 16, 2002. Dorreen was born Dec. 4, 1955, to LeRoy Schuring and Joyce Tible of Salt Lake City. She married Doyle Kay Boren Aug. 14, 1976, in Elko, Nev.
Dorreen enjoyed spending time with friends and family, camping, fishing and all the animals. She had a good sense of humor to the end. She was everyone's friend.
She is survived by her loving husband, Doyle Boren of Vernal; his children Dale and Suzette Boren of Roosevelt, Douglas and Rayola Rust of Meeker, Colo., Debra Gebhart of Roosevelt, Casey and Teresa Gilbert of Meeker, Dallas and Aileen Boren of Meeker, Robin Richarson of Vernal; 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Her mother of Salt Lake City; brothers and sister A'leen Schuring of Roosevelt, Gene, Mike and Nick Schuring of Salt Lake.

Plesia Bahr

Plesia Bahr, age 81, passed away April 21, 2002. She was born Jan. 20, 1921 to Samuel Provance and Celia Ann Croy of Vernal. Plesia married Douglas Bahr in Elko, Nev., in 1979. She worked at a hospital in Spokane, Wash., during WWII and later in the Vernal hospital. She was employed by J.C. Penneys for six years and Sathers for 20 years here in Vernal. She enjoyed reading, gardening and loved working with the public. She was a member of the Elks and Eagles Club.
She is survived by her loving husband Douglas Bahr; four children, David C. Krnach, of San Francisco, Calif., Plesia A. (Stan) Babb, of Salt Lake City, Saundra L. Allen, of Taylorsville, Bonnie B. Alexander, St. Paul, Minn.; grandchildren, Stan Babb Jr. of Salt Lake City, Tony Babb of Salt Lake, Nichole Babb of Salt Lake, Lance Allen of Taylorsville, and Tonja Bell of Morris, Okla.; and six great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents Samuel Provance and Celia Ann Croy; two brothers, Clete Provance and Leo Provance.

Amy J. Lube Allen

Our mother, sister, grandmother and best friend, Amy Josephine MacKnight Lube Allen, passed away Saturday, April 22, in her home in Vernal after a seven year battle with cancer. She went peacefully in her sleep. 
Amy was born in Jensen on Feb. 24, 1919 to Crawford and Flossie Murray MacKnight and was the oldest of eight children. She spent her early years at the home of her grandmother, Josie Morris, where she was taught the ABCs, multiplication tables, and given a love of good literature and music.
Music was Amy's life and she started playing the piano for the LDS church in Jensen at the age of nine. She taught private lessons for over 20 years and worked for the Uintah School District as an accompanist. 
Amy married Jim Lube in 1937, the year she graduated from high school. In 1938 they moved to Willow Creek and worked at the Thorne Ranch. Ten years later they moved to Vernal where she lived the rest of her life. Jim Lube passed away in 1976. Amy married Lawrence Allen in 1988, he passed away in 1993.
In 1985 she volunteered to play for the Harmony Four at the Golden Age Center, until they could get someone else to do it. She played in the band until 1997. 
Up until three weeks ago, Amy played for all three masses at the Saint James Catholic Church and also for the Kingsbury Congregational Church. Amy never turned anyone down when she was needed to play for funerals, weddings, or any other events needing a piano player. God must have needed a good piano player. 
Amy had a truly gentle spirit and could always find the good in everyone who knew her.
Mom is survived by four sons, Jim (JoeAnn); John (Merilee); Joe and Tom (Valesca); and her best friend, Barbara; three sisters, Jane, Dottie and Wilda; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Betty Ann and Belle; two brothers, Boone and Frank.
Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, April 25, in the Saint James Catholic Church, 138 North 100 West. Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park, under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the committee for the renovation of Josie's cabin. Dinosaur Nature Association, 1291 East Hwy 40, Vernal, Utah 84078.
This is not the end, but the beginning.
See you soon mother, dear.

Blenda Bryant

Blenda Bryant passed away April 21, 2000 from a heart attack in Willcox, Ariz., with her children at her side. Blenda was born in Kanab on July 17, 1908. Her parents were Willard E. Ford and Myrtle Roundy Ford.
Blenda was preceded in death by two husbands, Phillip McLeroy and Ted Bryant, and a son, W.C. Thomas.
She is survived by her four children, daughters, June (Robert) Conklin of Carson City, Nev.; Joyce (William) Kremin of Vernal; Myrtle (Kenneth) Brunson of Pearce, Ariz.; son, John (Elke) McLeroy of Nashville, Tenn. She has 22 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
In later years, Blenda resided both in Vernal and Willcox, to be close to her daughters.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at the Vernal Stake Center. There will be a viewing one hour prior to the funeral at the Vernal Stake Center under the direction of Hullinger Jolley Mortuary. 
Interment will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery.

Fran Peterson

Funeral services for Fran D. Peterson, born March 9, 1935 and died April 5, 2000, were held Saturday, April 8, 2000 in the Jensen Ward Chapel with Bishop H.A. Warren conducting.
Grant Ainge offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude played by Annette Freston. 
Floyd Holfeltz gave the invocation. 
Speakers were Kennie R. Edrington and John Smith.
Fran's granddaughters, accompanied by Cindy Ruppe, sang "The Dearest Names:" Ann Crow, daughter, read a poem, "My Father's Eyes;" Lyle Harlow sang "These Hands;" and the congregation, accompanied by Annette Freston, sang "God Be With You 'Til We Meet Again."
Marlin Moon gave the benediction and Stanley Bryce Peterson, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Stanley Bryce Peterson, Marv De Peterson, Wilbert James Woody, Mikell Burch Peterson, Eugene James Woody and Tim C. Crow. 
Honorary pallbearers were son-in-laws, Timothy M. Webster, Richard A. Deegan, and grandsons and great-grandsons.
Interment was in the Jensen Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Jensen Ward Relief Society.

Douglas E. Richens

Douglas Elmer Richens, 52, of Salt Lake City, formerly of Randlett, died April 22, 2000 at the home of his mother in Salt Lake City.
He was born May 20, 1947 in Roosevelt to Frank DeLoy Richens, Sr., and Ina Kettle Richens.
He married Kathleen Young and later divorced. Doug was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict where he was a helicopter mechanic--he would fly on the missions and fix what he could while it was in the air. He was good with small electronics, fixing TVs, VCRs and CB radios and was an auto mechanic by trade.
He is survived by his mother, Ina Curtis, Salt Lake City; grandmother, Inez Kettle, of Randlett; sisters, Sandra & Larry McKimmey, Moab; and Shirley & Terry Bussard, West Jordan; and seven nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by step-brothers and sisters, Lynne (Dennis) Lougy, Tooele; Kathy Curtis, West Valley City; Robert (Ronivan) Curtis; Midvale; Janette (John) Featherstone, Salt Lake City; Christopher (Karla) Curtis, Maine; Mark (Diane) Curtis, Sacramento, Calif.; Lori (Jerry) Van Cott, South Jordan; David (Julie) Curtis, West Valley City; Opal (Frank) Kraufe, So. Jordan.
He was preceded in death by a baby son, Jerry Lynn Richens; brother, Frank Richens, and two nephews.
Funeral services were held April 25 at the Hullinger Olpin Mortuary.
Burial was in the Roosevelt Memorial Park.

Ed W. Oscarson

Funeral services for Ed Walker "Doc" Oscarson, born Sept. 21, 1936 and died April 17, 2000, were held Friday, April 21, in the Vernal 9th LDS Ward with Bishop Arvid Sullivan conducting.
John Oscarson, brother, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Ranae Labrum, neighbor.
Bishop Sullivan offered remarks and David Wolf, son-in-law, gave the invocation.
Jan King sang "God Bless the USA;" Blaine Pierce sang "Bring Him Home;" and Shanece Oscarson and Blaine Pierce sang "A Child's Prayer." All were accompanied by Laura Hacking.
Speakers were Brian Oscarson, son, Gene Anfinson, friend, and Clell Bagley, veterinarian friend. 
Kristin Reese, granddaughter, gave a tribute to her grandpa.
Kenneth Vowles, son-in-law, gave the benediction and James Reese, son-in-law, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Greg Reese, Steve Johnson, Hal Johnson, Ken Johnson, Neil Oscarson, Dean Johnson, Paul Jeppson and Brandon Jeppson. 
Honorary pallbearers were Bert Delambert, Paul McCoy, Leland McNeil, Virgil Heed, Sterling Cook, Dez Murray, Cody Jenkins, Chuck Powell, Tom Anderson and Vernal 9th Ward High Priests.
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of the Thomson-Blackburn Mortuary. 

Richard Merkley

Richard R. Merkley (Ricky), 55, passed away in his home on April 13, 2000 after a short illness.
He was born on May 30, 1944 in Vernal to Roland Lewis Merkley and Enid Dean. He spent his childhood years on a ranch in Dry Fork Canyon outside of Vernal.
He graduated from Uintah High School. He married Shana Lee Wardell on August 10, 1963. They later divorced. He later married Dianne Phillips on April 5, 1970 in Boise, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo, Utah Temple. 
He was the proud father of eight children, which included a set of twin boys and a set twin girls and 14 grandchildren.
He was involved in the retail business and worked in the oil fields. He was an EMT while living in Roosevelt. He was very talented and was able to fix or build anything. He was active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, holding a variety of positions including teacher, Elders quorm president, ward clerk, financial clerk and stake missionary.
Survivors include his mother, Enid Dean Merkley Seiger of Farmington; wife, Dianne Phillips Merkley; and his children, Brad Merkley (Rebecca) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Brett Merkley (Allison) of Layton; Brian Merkley (Shelly) of Monticello, Minn., Richelle Merkley Stimpson (James) of Spokane, Wash., Torianne Merkley White (Cody) and Ricanne Merkley Steele (Thomas) of Idaho Falls. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Roland Lewis Merkley.
Services were held at the Idaho Falls Stake Center, April 17.
Burial was in the Ammon Cemetery following the services.

Mary Katherine Brockbank

Mary Katherine Henderson Lundquist Brockbank, 93, passed away April 22, 2000 at her home in Provo, Utah.
She was born in Vernal July 17, 1906 to William S. and May Bartlett Henderson.
She married Roland Crosby Lundquist June 28, 1927 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He passed away October 14, 1958. She married Robert I. Brockbank June 8, 1967 in the Logan LDS Temple.
Mary Katherine lived in Vernal, Price, Logan, Richfield, Kanab, Ogden, Provo and Santa Ana, Calif. She was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many capacities with several years in the Relief Society and Young Women's Organizations and as a genealogist. She was also an officer in the Ladies Literary League and a member of Soroptimist Club. She was instrumental in developing 4-H Clubs in Kane County Utah and was named "Outstanding 4-H Club Leader" for 1945. She was elected president of the Southern District Federation of Women's Clubs. She also owned the Stork Set Maternity Dress Shop in Ogden.
She was a "World Class" quilter leaving a legacy of hundreds of beautiful quilts. She was an unselfish friend, willingly serving others throughout her entire life.
Mary Katherine is survived by children, Leila (Derrel) Judd, Provo; Robert H. (Kathleen) Lundquist and F. Kent (Karen) Lundquist, Salt Lake City; stepchildren, Jack (Betty) Brockbank, Phylis Morgan; 12 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charles R. Henderson, Royal B. Henderson, Vernal; Ernest W. Henderson, Richmond, Calif.; and sister, Florence H. White, Logan. 
She is preceded in death by one great-grandchild; husbands; sisters, Barta H. Drummond, Helen H. Walker; and brother, Sydney.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 26 in the Edgemont 7th LDS Ward. 
Interment was in the Ogden City Cemetery. 
The family thanks Leslie Gibbons, their mother's loving and kind caregiver in recent months.

Gertrude Turner

Gertrude Barlett Turner, 86, passed away June 10, 2000 in Chico, Calif. She was born in Vernal on Jan. 22, 1914 to Henry and Clara Louesa Bartlett. 
She graduated from high school, and attended Brigham Young University. She married William Marion Turner on March 10, 1938 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They settled in Jensen where they raised their five children. 
The couple moved to Chico in 1995 to live with their daughter.
Gertrude was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and an active member of the LDS Church where she served faithfully in many positions for many years. She also served as the postmaster in Jensen for 13 years.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William; three sons, Bart (Sharlene) Turner, Whitney, Idaho; Karl (Ann) Turner, San Jose, Calif.; and Loyal (Geri) Turner, Jensen; and one daughter, Sherry (Everett) Southam, Chico;. 
She is also survived by a sister, Laura Gray, Springville; brother, Lester (Fern) Bartlett, Tridell; and 27 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Clara Davis, seven sisters, two brothers, and one grandson.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 19 at 11 a.m. In the Jensen LDS Ward Chapel. 
Friends may call Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and Monday one hour prior to services at the chapel. 
Interment will be in the Jensen Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Jayce K. Melton

Our little angel, Jayce Konnor Melton, returned to the loving arms of his father in heaven on June 5, 2000. He was born June 1, 1999 to Jessica Tennille Forbis and Shayne Abram Melton in Vernal.
Even though his presence on earth was a mere whisper in time, his beautiful smile, sparkling eyes, and loving touch will never be forgotten by everyone who loved him so deeply. We find peace in knowing he will be reunited with many of our loved ones. 
Jayce is survived by his parents, Shayne Melton, Roy, Utah; mother, Jessica Forbis, Vernal; brothers, Christopher Shayne Melton, Ogden; and Theron Wolfe Melton, Vernal; grandparents, Kenneth and Jolyn Himes, Kemmerer, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Melton, Pearland, Texas; Gilbert (Jake) and Connie Howarth Forbis, Heber City; great-grandparents, Claudette Bernard, Kaysville; Marjorie and Lynn G. Howarth, Orem; Maureen Forbis, Orem; Carl and Olive Himes, Englewood, Ohio; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Graveside services were held Friday, June 9, in the Kaysville City Cemetery with Wayne J. Spafford officiating. 
Ben Brough gave the invocation and obituary. 
Speakers were Ben Brough and Lynn Howarth. 
Lynn Howarth gave the benediction and Ben Brough dedicate the grave.
Pallbearers were Shayne Melton, Koy Forbis, Christopher Melton and Jeff Howarth. 
Honorary pallbearers were Ken Himes, Jake Forbis, Tavis Thompson, Theron Melton and Steven Howarth. 
Services were under the direction of Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home.

Marjorie Akelund

Marjorie (Marj) Cloward Akelund, 89, of Vernal, passed away at her home on June 11, 2000. She was born Jan. 31, 1911 in Rock Creek, Idaho. A daughter of Albert Oliver and Almira Jane Bradley Cloward. She married Alfonzo "Pete" Akelund on Feb. 7, 1930 in Leota. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on Dec. 18, 1964. Pete died August 7, 1973. 
Marj was a homemaker and a member of the LDS Church, she attended Vernal 4th Ward. She was a visiting teacher for 49 years. She taught and was secretary in Primary from 1973 to 1983. She taught a class in MIA, and was quilt chairman from 1960 to 1964. She helped take care of flowers with Virginia Kay for funerals and worked in the library. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, going on picnics, writing histories and doing crafts and quilts.
Marj was preceded in death by her husband, Alfonzo Akelund; a son, Willis Dean Akelund; five grandchildren, Michael Cooper, Preston Cooper, Chad Akelund, Colleen Shiflett and Brent Shiflett; one brother, Bradley Cloward; two sisters, Blanche Rudy and Viola Burns; and her parents, Albert and Almira Cloward.
She is survived by her children, Shirley (Norman) Barnett, Palmdale, Calif.; LaRaine (Joe) Murray, Vernal; Velda Wilkins, Jensen; Tonna (Lewis) Shiflett, Vernal; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 12 great great-grandchildren;
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 15, at 11 a.m. In the Vernal 4th Ward LDS Chapel, 235 E. 600 S.
Friends may call Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church. 
Interment will be at the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Mark J. Schulthes

Funeral services for Mark Jay Schulthes, born Feb. 18, 1929 and died June 3, 2000, were held Wednesday, June 7, 2000 in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Lance Dean conducting.
Mark married Minnie Hunting in 1953 and they later divorced. He is survived by his daughters, Erlene and Jayne.
Rakell McKee played prelude and postlude music. 
Myrna Mead gave the invocation.
Kristine Christianson sang "The Dance," and "There Was A Valley."
Shirley Slaugh read a poem.
Speakers were Niel Batty and Frances Bowen. 
Ben Mead offered closing remarks and gave the benediction. 
Pallbearers were Brandy Marie Richens, Joseph Earl Richens, Nicholas Jay Richens, Cody Lee George and Danny K. George.
Full military honors were given by the American Legion with taps played by Shirley Slaugh. 
Services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Fredrick Kutzler

Death notice: Fredrick Kutzler, 51, of Vernal. Services will be in Glendive Mont., Wednesday, June 14, 2000. 
Memorial services will be at Our Savior Lutheran Church at a later date under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.


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