Miscellaneous Uintah County, Utah Obituaries

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Norma Goodrich

Norma Merkley Goodrich, 70, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2000 at her home on Piceance Creek, Colo.
Norma was born Nov. 19, 1929 in Tridell, to John Golden and Macel Swensen Merkley. She married Dallas Goodrich on May 31, 1947 in Vernal. 
Norma was a homemaker and housewife. She loved music, flowers, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Dallas, her children and her grandchildren were always foremost in her life. Norma was a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. 
Norma and Dallas have lived on Piceance Creek at the Equity Oil camp for the past 38 years. Although they lived 50 miles from the nearest town, they always had plenty of company. Their place was a favorite get-away for the family and many friends and acquaintances. Everyone was always made welcome and was always well fed. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by so many. 
Norma was preceded in death by her parents; son, Raymond Lyle Goodrich; brother, Don Merkley; sisters, Melba Jensen and Armeda Bergener. 
She is survived by her husband, Dallas, Piceance Creek; children, Tom (Rhonda) Goodrich, Vernal; Kathryn (Don) Cheshire, Vernal; Brently (Barbara) Goodrich, Meeker, Colo.; Julia (John) Morgan, Piceance Creek; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Lucile Terry, Marynell Snow, Nila Luchies, all of Vernal; and Kenneth J. Merkley, Lakewood, Calif.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 1, in the Vernal Christian Church. 
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

H. Kenneth Harrison

Lifetime resident Heber Kenneth Harrison, 86, passed away July 30, 2000 at his home in Naples. He was born Sept. 9, 1913 in Vernal, the tenth child of Richard George and Almira Duke Harrison. 
His schooling was obtained through the Uintah Basin school system. Following graduation from high school, he worked for a time with a CCC engineering project. On March 20, 1940 he married Vera Rogers in the Salt Lake Temple. Through the years, people often stopped to take pictures of him farming with his horses. 
A carpenter and brick and stone mason, his work is reflected in many valley homes and businesses. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in the Naples Ward and the Uintah Stake in several capacities including Stake Missionary twice, Stake Mission Presidency, Sunday School teacher, and as Director of the Extraction Program for six years. He provided a service to many in the valley by locating underground water sources for their wells. 
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Vera Harrison, Naples; his children, Dorothy (Ray) Jones, Phoenix, Ariz.; Gerald (Lynda) Clifton Harrison, Centerville; Val Heber (Catherine) Harrison, Bountiful; and Verda (Randy) Wilkerson, Bella Vista, Ark.; 23 grandchildren; and 33 great grandchildren; a sister, Marie (Harold) Merrell, Naples; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Kenneth Harrison; and a great-grandson, Christian Andrew White.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Hospice of the Basin for their loving care during his final weeks.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5 at the Naples 1st Ward LDS Chapel. Family and friends may call Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services. 
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Lois Bennion

Lois Sadler Bennion, 64, passed away at her home on July 28, 2000 with her family at her side. She was born July 26, 1936 in San Francisco, Calif., to Arthur W. And Katie Z. Butler Sadler. Lois was raised in Daly City and after her mother's death, lived in Payson with her Aunt Della Mower and in Altamont with her sister, Rita Hansen. It was there, at the age of 13, that Lois first saw her high school sweetheart during church. Lois later married Barton Evan Bennion in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Nov. 17, 1954. 
Lois had lived, raised family and made friends in California and several communities in Utah, including: Logan, Murray, Draper, Maeser and Dry Fork. Barton and Lois have lived in the Vernal area for 34 years and also spent time residing briefly in Parker and Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Billings, Mont.
Lois was one of the founding organizers of the New Life Training Center, a school for children with disabilities, now known as Uintah District Learning Center. 
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she has held numerous ward and stake positions over the years, including Primary, Scouting, Young Women's and Relief Society. Lois had a talent for planning, organization, and working with others. Lois is easily remembered for her selfless attitude and willingness to help others. She has supported her children's and grandchildren's many activities, often traveling cross country to be with family.
She is survived by her husband of 46 yeas, Barton; and eight children, Corbin (Terrie), Sandy; Martell (Sherilyn), St. George; Layne (Becky), Charlottesville, Va.; Shawn, Dry Fork; Becky, Flowerly Branch, Ga.; Deah (Mark) Anderson, Gunnison; Quinn (Heidi), Overland Park, Kan.; and Kyle (Liz), Kansas City, Mo.
Her legacy consists of 19 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Arthur Sadler (Merel), Las Vegas, Nev.; and sisters, Ina Kitteridge, Spring Lake; Wanda Dahl, Fairview. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Rita Hansen. 
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 2 at 11 a.m. in the Maeser Stake Center, 2745 W. 1000 N. in Vernal. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home and on Wednesday prior to services from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the chapel. Interment will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery under the direction of the Hullinger-Jolley Funeral Home.

J. S. Kimo Poai

Funeral services for James S. Kimo Poai were held Thursday, July 27, in Orem. 
Kimo, 55, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2000 in the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo following a heart attack. He was born Dec. 21, 1944 in Honolulu, Hawaii to James and Elizabeth Phillips Poai. He spent his youth in Hawaii where he attended the Church College of Hawaii and graduated in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Kimo taught elementary school in Mexican Hat, Utah; Kayenta, Ariz.; Blanding and at Todd Elementary in Ft. Duchesne.
He married Marsha Jean Caldwell of Vernal in the Provo LDS Temple on July 22, 1977. They moved to Provo where Kimo was employed with the Alpine School District. He taught 23 years in the Alpine District and was teaching at Cascade Elementary in Orem at the time of his death. In 1989, Kimo was honored as Teacher of the Year.
Kimo and Marsha have three children, Elizabeth Malia, a senior at BYU; James Kawika who is serving an LDS mission in the Edmonton Canada Spanish Speaking Mission; and Kathleen Mauna who is a sophomore at Mountain View High School in Orem. 
Kimo was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a missionary in the Northern States Indian Mission. 
The viewing was at the Sunberg Olpin Mortuary in Orem. The family prayer was offered by Dan Olsen, brother-in-law. Pallbearers were David Olsen, Eric Olsen, Greg Olsen, Bobby Kauo, Paul Jackson, Val Jaramillo, James LeFevre, and Spencer Weaver. 
Bishop Wayne Swenson conducted the services. A Polynesian choir snag "Because I Have Been Given Much" and "I Believe in Christ" as the opening songs. 
Dan Olsen read the obituary and gave Kimo's life sketch. Malia Poai, daughter, read a tribute to dad from James. The Polynesian choir sang a medley of Polynesian songs. Nolan Reed, BYU Dead of Students spoke, followed by remarks from Bishop Wayne Swensen. 
Cheri and Trisha Roberts and Jennifer Kunzler sang "I Am A Child Of God" and "As I Have Loved You."
Bobby Kauo gave the benediction. 
Interment was in the Orem City Cemetery with Mike Padeken offering the dedicatory prayer. 
Kimo is survived by his wife, Marsha; and children of Orem; Kedric and Freda Caldwell, Dan and Brenda Olsen, and James and Susan LeFevre of Vernal. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ruby. 
Kimo loved sharing his music and Hawaiian culture. His life was spent serving others, entertaining at luaus, and making friends.

Enid Murray

Funeral services for Enid Goodrich Murray, born May , 1930 and died July 23, 2000, were held Wednesday, July 26 in the Vernal 4th Ward Chapel with Bishop Joe Maestas conducting. 
Faron Wilkins, brother-in-law, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Eleanor Marshall. 
Sylvia Jones, close friend, gave the invocation, with obituary offered by Paige Murray, granddaughter.
Speakers were Blaine Goodrich, brother, and Mike Murray, son. 
Jennifer Gudac sang "How Great Thou Art;" and Verdan and Terry Goodrich, sang "Goin Home."
Bishop Maestas offered closing remarks. 
Gene Hansen, nephew, gave the benediction, and Ben Lindsay dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews, Blake Murray, David Green, Stuart Wilkins, Cole Murray, Brett Haslem and Robert Wilkins. 
Interment was in the Jensen Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 
Compassionate services were offered by the Vernal 4th Ward Relief Society

Dell Jacobsen

Funeral services for Dell Charles Jacobsen, born Jan. 8, 1918 and died July 23, 2000, were held Thursday, July 27 in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Casey Gray conducting and Bishop Tim Hadlock presiding.
Doug Jacobsen offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Alene Gray. 
Doug Jacobsen gave the invocation. 
Speakers were Bishop Tim Hadlock, Rex Jacobsen and Doug Jacobsen. 
Daun DeJournette, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang "That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine."
Casey Gray offered closing remarks and gave the benediction.
Brad Jacobsen dedicated the grave. 
Pallbearers were Phil Jacobsen, Josh Jacobsen, Brian Bowden, Brad Jacobsen, John Minnick and Don Allred. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors given by the American Legion. 
Services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 3rd Ward Relief Society.

Laurinda L. Bloor

Laurinda Lee Bloor, 52, passed away July 27, 2000 at her home in Vernal. She is the daughter of Robert and Jean Williams Bloor born July 19, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from BYU and served in the U.S. Army during Viet Nam. 
Laurinda enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting and being in the outdoors. She loved to be with her grandchildren and family. She is survived by partner Fred House of Vernal; four children, Chanda (Norm) Robinson, Raelene Bishop, all of Salt Lake City; Tammy (Mike) Maldanado and Richard (Estella) Bishop, all of Richmond, Va.; five grandchildren, Amaleki, Ammon, Caitlyn, Ashley and Aaron; mother, Jean, Gramville, Okla.; two sisters; and one brother.
She was preceded in death by her father. 
Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 1 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bluffdale under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Charles 'Ed' Rupe

Graveside services for Charles "Ed" Rupe, born Sept. 26, 1922 and died July 24, 2000, were held Saturday, July 29 in the Maeser-Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Roger D. Sterle, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, officiating.
Pastor Sterle spoke and offered the opening prayer. 
The reading of the scripture included Psalm 27, 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 and John 12:23-26. 
The congregation recited The Lord's Prayer. 
The Ashley Valley Christian Fellowship Worship Team sang "The Old Rugged Cross," and "Amazing Grace."
Pastor Sterle offered the benediction. 
Pallbearers were Robert Parry, Allen Joseph, Roy Joseph, Doug Alexander, Michael Parry, Gary Workman, Larry Joseph and Travis Alexander. 
Honorary pallbearers were E.J. (Steve) Rupe, Leslie Rupe, George (Chris) Crisp, Vernon Rupe, Russell Evans and Max Edward Spiker. 
Services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Louise Weeks Newby

Louise Weeks Newby, 76, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2000 at her home in Scottsdale, Ariz., from complications following back surgery. She was born March 28, 1924 in Vernal, to Otis Heber Weeks and Jennie Noel Weeks, the second of six children. 
She grew up in Vernal where she met her husband who was a medical student at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She married Burns G. Newby, August 31, 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple. She worked as a receptionist and secretary for medical doctors and as a medical laboratory assistant until her husband finished his residency at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City. Dr. Newby then studied at the Kansas City Medical Center in Missouri to complete a specialization in plastic surgery. Upon graduation, the couple moved to the greater Detroit, Mich., area where he established a successful practice in plastic surgery until his death August 28, 1986. 
One of her significant accomplishments other than being a wife and mother was spearheading for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the micro-filming of all of the vital historical records of Wayne County, Mich., for the genealogical department of the church. She was well read and traveled with her husband and children to many interesting places throughout the world. 
She is survived by her children, Lawrence Newby, Syracuse; Vicki Newby Johansson, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Susan (Kahmdon) Gerner, Shanondoah, Iowa; and nine grandchildren. Also surviving is her mother, Jennie N. Weeks, Salt Lake City and two sisters, Jennis (Ted) Salisbury, Orem and Alta Rae (Lloyd) Winward of Vernal. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; father; a sister, Nola Mae Steele; and two brothers, Otis Newby Jr., and Noel E. Weeks. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 22 in the Larkin Mortuary in Salt Lake City with Lloyd Winward, brother-in-law, officiating.
Joseph Newby, nephew, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Jan Clayton. 
Calvin Newby, nephew, gave the invocation and Jennis Salisbury, sister, offered a tribute. 
The congregation sang "Each Life That Touches Ours For Good," "Carry On," and "Press Forward, Saints."
Linda Skeen, niece, read a poem and Lloyd Winward, nephew, offered remarks. 
Lisa Winward, niece, offered the benediction and Kahmdon Gerner, son-in law, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Larry Newby, son, Loney Mickelsen, friend, Paul Weeks, nephew, Joseph Newby, nephew, Calvin Newby, nephew and Lloyd Winward, nephew.
Interment was in the Salt Lake City Cemetery under the direction of Larkin Mortuary. 

Ralph Richardson

Ralph Richardson, 75, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend died at his home August 2, 2001, surrounded by his family.
He was born Sept. 28, 1925 in Vernal, a son of Kenneth L. and Reva York Richardson. He married LaJean Cowan on August 17, 1949 in Evanston, Wyo.
Ralph worked as a salesman for Showalter Ford and also for Dave Jolley Chevrolet. Ralph served in World War II in the United States Navy. He was in active service from Dec. 9, 1943 until May 14, 1949.
He is survived by his wife; children, Rodney (Carla) Richardson; Denese (Roger) Ahrens; Cherie (Lee) Webb; Lynette (Mark) Adams; Shelly (Kirk) Branom; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Lynn (Joy) Richardson and Gary Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Reva Richardson; Angela Wooly; Chad Wooly; and Andrea Adams.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 6 in the Vernal 9th Ward Chapel with Bishop Arvid Sullivan conducting.
Russell Cowan, brother-in-law, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Laura Hacking.
Bert Clark offered the invocation with obituary and remarks read by Ralph Preece.
Speakers were Rod Richardson, son, and Kenneth Richardson, grandson.
Jan King sang "Remember Me," and "Goodbye My Friend;" and Jake Nay sang "That's My Job."
Bishop Sullivan offered closing remarks, Roger Cowan gave the benediction and Bart Haslem dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Rodney Richardson, Kirk Branom, Jeff Ahrens, Kenneth Richardson, Roger Ahrens, Lee Webb and Blake Gross.
Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors provided by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Henry B. Millecam

Henry Baxter Millecam, 83, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2001 in the Ashley Valley Medical Center. He was born in Vernal Sept. 17, 1917 to Henry and Rose Millecam, who both preceded him in death. He is the second child of seven children: Audry Lyman, Salt Lake City; George Millecam, deceased; Laura Morrison, deceased; May Duncan, deceased; Don Millecam, Sandy; and Bruce Millecam, Vernal.
Henry is survived by his wife and soul-mate of 63 years, Yvonne. They have five children: Sue Ann (Wayne) Slade, Fiji; John (Deena) Millecam, Vernal; Rosa Rae (Nick) Eaton, Vernal; and James (Becky) Millecam, Orem. They have 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Henry and Yvonne were married Sept. 1, 1939 in Salina. They were later sealed to their family in the Manti LDS Temple on Oct. 23, 1965. A veteran of WWII, Henry served in the United States Army Engineer Infantry Division. While in the military, he was involved in the European Theater. He saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. He graduated from Uintah High School and attended Utah State University for three and a half years. In 1954 Henry purchased Utah Motor Company. After 28 years, he retired to serve a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Henry and Yvonne were ordinance workers in the Provo Temple for five years. They served as missionaries in the London South Mission extracting the 1881 British Census for genealogy work. Following their mission, they continued auditing files from the 1851 Census Extraction Program for the Family History Department. Henry was the first Director of the Baptistery in the Vernal Utah Temple.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 8 in the Glines 2nd Ward Chapel at 11 a.m. Family and friends may call Wednesday morning prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the chapel.
Interment will be in the Maeser-Fairview Cemetery with full military honors by the American Legion, under direction of the Spafford Funeral Home.

Bess Horn

Bess Horn, 90, of Vernal, died August 3, 2001 at the Parkdale Care Center in Price. She was born Feb. 2, 1911 near Monahans, Texas in a little house on the prairie.
She was born again by grace alone through faith in Christ in 1925 in a little log Baptist church in Amarillo, Texas. Having received the forgiveness of all her sins and the gift of eternal life, she was baptized as a public testimony of her faith in Christ not long after she was saved.
She worked in a munitions factory in Louisiana during World War II. She also worked as a bookkeeper for many years in California and as a professional seamstress in St. George.
One of the highlights of her life was to go on a two-month trip to work with some Baptist missionaries in Mexico in 1976. She was a faithful member of the Grace Baptist Church of Vernal and truly loved the Lord. She donated her body to science.
She was married twice, but has no descendants. She is survived by a brother, Don Horn, St. George; sister, Pauline Blake, New Harmony; and many nephews and nieces.
A memorial service in her honor was held August 5 at the Grace Baptist Church.

Erma Nickell Merrell

Funeral services for Erma Nickell Merrell, born April 15, 1929 and died July 31, 2001, were held Friday, August 3 in the Naples 1st Ward Chapel with Bishop Craig Martin conducting.
Frank Stephens offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Sherry Hatch.
Shirl Kirk gave the invocation and the eulogy was read by Evelyn Kirk.
Speakers were Lynn Eve Wilkins and Dan Olsen.
Norman Haslem and Verdin Goodrich, accompanied by Gaylyn Hatch, sang "O My Father;" Wendy Bailey sang "How Great Thou Art;" and Kathy Deets and Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Carol Murray, sang "I Need Thee Every Hour."
Dallas Merrell gave the benediction and Reid Merrell dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were James Merrell, Steve Saxton, Jason Merrell, Quinn Hammond, Ryan Kiedrowski and Roger Merrell.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Naples 1st Ward Relief Society.

Lorin C. Hacking

Funeral services for Lorin C. Hacking, born Nov. 29, 1929 and died July 31, 2001, were held Friday, August 3, 2001 in the Maeser Stake Center with Branch President Charles Beede conducting and Stake President DeArmon Batty presiding.
Aaron Poff offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Joyce Price.
Clayton Curtis gave the invocation and President Beede read the obituary.
Speakers were Ann Poff and John Gale.
The congregation, led by chorister Vonda Lee Curtis and accompanied by Joyce Price, sang "High On The Mountain Top;" Carol Beede, accompanied by Joyce Price, sang "How Great Thou Art;" and Norman Haslem and Verdon Goodrich, sang "Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief."
President Beede offered remarks, Shirley Price gave the benediction and Cliff Tobler dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Jeff Martensen, Kirk Johansen, Jay Young, Dennis Martensen, Boyd Workman, Chad Crosby and Lonnie Roper.
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Maeser 1st Ward Relief Society and the Glines Care Center Branch. 


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