|William E. Reese
William E. "Bill" Reese, 71, passed away Jan. 9, 2001 at Utah Valley
Hospital from complications of a stroke. He was born July 24, 1929 in Vernal,
a son of Jacob B. and Ester W. Felt Reese. He married Laura Lorraine Smith
on May 2, 1953 in Vernal. She died Feb. 8, 1999.
Bill worked as a rural route mail carrier until his retirement in 1984.
While working for the US Post Office, he received the Million-Mile award
for outstanding performance in driving while working there. He also loved
nature, spending numerous hours outside under the trees watching the birds
and other animals. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving on
the USS Prairie during the Korean Conflict.
He loved his family and was very giving. He had a big heart.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and a son, Cody B. Reese.
Bill is survived by his children, William J. (Sonya) Reese; Clay D.
(Loralee) Reese; Joe (Caleen) Reese; Kathy (Darrell) Hacking; Tom (Gina)
Reese; Ana (Bart) Batty; Tina Reese and Don (Shellie) Reese, all of Vernal;
sisters, Helen Morrill, Verna Holt, Ruby Valora; 27 grandchildren; two
great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and brothers-in-law. "Pa"
will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Thomson-Blackburn
Vernal Mortuary with Bishop Mike Alexander conducting.
William J. Reese offered the family prayer.
Tina Reese sang "The Man I Never Knew;" grandchildren sang "Angels
Among Us;" and Adam Graham and Ashley Graham played a violin duet of a
medley of songs.
Ana Batty gave the invocation.
Speakers were Larry Henry and Cody Reese.
Bubbles Leona Riley gave the benediction and Barney Henry dedicated
Pallbearers were Jess Reese, Joe Reese, Don Reese, Cody Reese, Clay
Reese and Tom Reese.
Interment was in the Rock Point Cemetery with military honors given
by the American Legion under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal
Compassionate services were offered by the Ashley 2nd Ward Relief Society.
Benjamin "Vere" Wilson, 84, died Jan. 9, 2001 at his home of natural
causes. He was born June 13, 1915 in Orderville, to George Benjamin and
Susan B. Cox. He married Lola E. Manwaring on Sept. 22, 1938 in the St.
George LDS Temple.
He served an LDS mission to the southern states, served in the bishopric
in the Naples Ward, as a primary teacher in the 80s and was still a home
teacher. He and his wife served as temple workers in the St. George and
Vernal LDS temples, and they filled a couple of missions to Kentucky. He
also served as an employment specialist in Cedar City for the LDS Church.
He enjoyed painting, inventing artificial stone, and just inventing.
He is survived by his wife, Lola; sons and daughters, Sharon (Boyd)
Workman, Vernal; Kristen (Lorriane) Wilson, Vernal; Terry (Vickie) Wilson,
Cedar City; Daryl (Lela) Wilson, Vernal; Valerie (Bryan) Petersen, St.
George; Rick (Anne) Wilson, West Valley City; 27 grandchildren; 35 great
grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Caryle Wilson,
Salt Lake City; David Wilson, Hurricane; three sisters, Ruth Raggonzine,
Idaho Falls, Idaho; Nola Reusch, Hurricane; Julie Thomas, Colorado City,
He was preceded in death by one son, Don (Carol) Wilson.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 12 in the Glines 1st Chapel
with Bishop David Olsen conducting.
Rick Wilson offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music
played by Janet Pederson.
Valerie Hurst gave the invocation and Sharon Workman read the eulogy.
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren, accompanied by Lorriane Wilson,
sang "I Am A Child Of God;" his children sang "As I Have Loved You;" and
the congregation sang "O My Father."
Speaker was Daryl Wilson with closing remarks offered by Bishop Olsen.
Terry Wilson gave the benediction and Kristen Wilson dedicated the
Pallbearers were Kristen Wilson, Daryl Wilson, Boyd Workman, Terry
Wilson, Rick Wilson and Bryan Hurst.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn
Robert B. Wardell
Robert Bayne Wardell, 69 of Rangely, Colo., passed away in the comfort
of his home on Jan. 9, 2001.
He was born in Vernal on Oct. 2, 1931 to Thomas Alvin and Vena Rasmussen
Wardell. Bob spent most of his youth on his father's ranch west of Rangely
working the fields and herding the livestock with his brother, Thom. During
the school year, the family lived in Vernal so the children could attend
school. There he met his sweetheart, Dawna Rae Hall, daughter of Josh and
Gail Blankenship Hall. They married the day of their high school graduation
on May 18, 1950. Four years later, on Dec. 16, 1954, their marriage was
solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.
Bob and Dawna's first home was on the ranch in Colorado. They eventually
settled in Rangely to raise their family. Six children were born to them,
one of which (Pamela) died at birth. Barry Lynn was their first born. Then
came Wanda, Wendy, Layne R , and Gay.
They were each taught to work hard through their parents' example.
Bob not only welded for a living, but also kept the ranch running. For
years Bob would come home from working a 10- or 12-hour day in the field
welding, then turn right around and head down river to the ranch to work
another five or six hours. He gave every job his best effort and failure
was not a word in his vocabulary. It is a heritage he and Dawna have passed
on to their children.
Bob was well known throughout the country for his welding skills. He
traveled all over the western states working the pipelines and was regarded
by every welder that knew him as one of the best. Tales were told of how
he could weld around a small diameter pipe with one hand and come around
the other way with his other hand without stopping the weld. One of the
highlights of his welding career was working on the Alaska Pipeline in
1966. Bob could create anything with a welding torch and a piece of iron.
Music played a great part in the Wardell home. While Dawna has always
been the one with a song on her lips, Bob has been the one with a tune
in his fingers. One of the fondest memories for the family is that of their
father playing the guitar. As a youth, he played in a band all over the
Uintah Basin. He had a talent for making those strings sing. Togetherness
was promoted in the Rangely Ward for many years by the little band that
he played with for monthly dances at the church.
Although Bob may have had a rough and tough exterior, inside he was
the greatest trickster and joker. His sense of humor had been fine tuned
through the years and lightened many a tense situation. After Parkinson's
Disease began showing signs, he would joke about the shaking in his hand.
He would call it his automatic back scratcher or tease about getting a
good rhythm for playing the guitar. The angels in heaven better watch their
back with Bob around.
Most of his life was spent outdoors. He loved hunting, camping, fishing,
working with the sheep and cattle, and just breathing in the sweet air
of the hay fields on the ranch. He will be greatly missed by each person
whose life he touched.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Dawna; their children Barry Lynn
(Temi) of Rangely; Wanda (Carl Ray) Collett of Vernal; Wendy Wardell of
Annabella; Layne R. (Pamela) of Rangely; and Gay (Martin Duane) VanderLinden
who are currently living in Bad Aibling, Germany; 15 grandchildren, one
great-grandson; brother, Thom (Pearl) of Vernal; sisters, Kay (Shirl) Hancock
of St. George; Connie (Niles) Mott of Naples; Gloria (Robert) Harris of
Driggs, Idaho; Shana Lee (Britt) Horrocks of Riverdale; as well as his
favorite uncle, Harold (Meb) Wardell of Rangely.
He is preceded in death by sister, Glee Wardell; brother, James (Jimmy)
Richard Wardell and his parents; Thomas Alvin Wardell and Vena Rasmussen
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 13 in the Rangely LDS Ward
Chapel. Bishop David Allred conducted the meeting with Duane VanderLinden
offering the invocation, followed by Gay VanderLinden, Barry Wardell and
Layne Wardell sharing memories of their father.
Granddaughters Candice Archibald, Chrystal VanderLinden, and Brandi
VanderLinden sang "An Angel's Breath Away" as a tribute to their grandfather.
A special musical number was given by Myke Hall, "Beyond the Sunset".
President Garth Condie gave the closing remarks.
Thom Wardell gave the benediction. Music was provided by Jean Murry
and the Rangely 1st Ward choir.
Pallbearers were Gabe Collett, Nick Wardell, Gary Wardell, Jake Wardell,
Matthew Carroll, Joshua VanderLinden, and Curtis Clayburn.
A special musical number was given by Stormy Thomlinson, "The Place
Where I Worship," at the burial site. The grave was dedicated by Leo Jorgenson
at the Dry Fork Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
Longtime Rangely resident Robert E. Staley, Sr., 73, died Jan. 12, 2001
at the IHS Mantey Heights Nursing Home in Grand Junction, Colo.
Robert was born July 19, 1927 in Upton, the son of Melvin Eugene and
Josephine Louise Saxton Staley. He was raised in Upton, moving as a youngster
to Rangely where the family owned and operated the Staley Coal Mine. He
attended school in Vernal, interrupting his education to serve his country
in the United States Navy during World War II. Following his discharge,
he returned home, graduating from Uintah High School with the class of
On Feb. 17, 1950 he was united in marriage to LaVaughn Murray at the
home of his mother in Vernal. Mrs. Staley survives in the family home.
From the time he was a young man of 14 he worked in the coal mines, later
working in the oil fields until his retirement in 1984. He was a member
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a former member
of the Elk's Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and in his younger
days enjoyed playing softball and basketball.
In addition to his wife of 50 years, he is survived by three sons,
Gary (Kathy) Staley, Rangely; Robert E. (Teresa) Staley, Jr., and Tommy
(Wanda) Staley, Rangely; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three
sisters, Marie (Stewart) Tanner, Vernal; Dorothy Jorgenseon, Mesquite,
Nev.; Shirley (Tom) Dockery, Lakewood, Colo.; as well as numerous nieces
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Melvin Carl
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 16 in the Rangely Ward Chapel
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Interment was in the Rangely Cemetery under the direction of the Rangely
Stephen "Steve" Widener, 48 of Casper, Wyo., died Jan. 6, 2001 in an
He was born April 29, 1952 in Basin, Wyo., to Don and Joann D. Widener.
He graduated from high school in Anchorage, Alaska. He married Mitzi Griffin
on March 25, 1972, they later divorced. He married Julie Sneathen on Sept.
10, 1993. They later divorced, but were engaged to be remarried.
Steve was fifth generation oil field. He was the drilling superintendent
for SST Drilling. He worked for them the last 10 years.
He loved his family, outdoor activities, camping, hunting, fishing
and boating. Steve loved to play practical jokes on his family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Widener of San Marcos, Texas;
sons Jeff Widener of Conroe, Texas and Stephen Widener of Casper, Wyo.;
step daughters Catrina Sneathen of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Cherish Sneathen
of Casper; step-sons Skyler Sneathen and Samuel Sneathen, both of Casper;
mother and step-father Joann and Robert Amick of Yuma, Ariz.; sisters Karen
Zimmerman, Susan Melton and Trisha Metzger, all of Vernal.
He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Debbie Widener.
Funeral services were held Jan. 11 at Memorial Chapel Funeral Home
with Al Allen, Paradise Valley Christian Church, officiating.
Interment was in the Highland Cemetery under the direction of Memorial
Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory.
Funeral mass for Beatrice Anna McKnight, born March 16, 1912 and died
Jan. 7, 2001, were held Friday, Jan. 12, with Father Jan Bednarz officiating.
Todd McKnight was the first reader.
Greg King was second reader.
Carol Jackson, cantor, accompanied by Fran Harrison, organist, sang
"Amazing Grace;" "In The Garden;" and "Ava Maria."
Ken and Diane Miller sang "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain."
Speaker was Bill McKnight.
Father Bednarz offered final commendation and committal prayer.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Greg King, Ken Miller, Jeff McKnight,
Chris King, Kevin King, Darren King and Todd McKnight.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn
Venna Singleton Frasher, 78, of Sun City, Texas, succumbed to bone cancer
at home with family and friends at her bedside on Jan. 1, 2001. She was
glad to leave her walker behind.
Venna was born Sept. 20, 1922 in Maeser to Albert and Lillian Vernon
Singleton. She served her country in WWII by enlisting in the Navy and
working as a control tower operator at the naval Air Station in Hutchinson,
Kan. In 1946, she married James Howard Frasher Sr.
Venna dedicated her life to raising her family and took great pride
in the successes of her husband and three children. Her family and friends
will remember her for her lifelong love of fun and mischief and for her
outstanding ability to plan a party.
Venna was preceded in death by her two older brothers, Verdin and Marvin
She will be remembered with great love by her husband of 54 years,
James Howard Frasher Sr.; elder sister, Marie Yates, Casper, Wyo.; son,
Judge James Howard Frasher Jr.; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Frasher, of
Pueblo, Colo.; and their children, Trevor Emery (Lori) Frasher; Tisha (Brian)
White; and James Frasher III; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Frasher Meigs
and Daniel Perry Meigs II; and granddaughter, Jennifer, of Georgetown,
Texas; and daughter, Barbara (Gary) Chapman, Austin, Texas.
A memorial service was held at the Cook-Walden-Davis Funeral Home Saturday,
Jan. 6, with the Reverend Bill Bolick officiating. A private graveside
service was held for family and close friends.
Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Georgetown.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice
Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759 or
to the building fund of The Worship Place, an interdenominational church
at Sun City, c/o Reverend Bill Bolick, 116 Painted Bunting Lane, Georgetown,
Arrangements by Cook-Walden-Davis Funeral Home.
Herman L. Bingham
Funeral services for Herman L. Bingham, born Oct. 23, 1916, died Jan.
6, 2002, were held Jan. 10, at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with
Verdin Manwaring conducted.
Prelude and postlude music was provided by Daun DeJournette. The invocation
was offered by Lance Siddoway. Musical number, "How Great Thou Art," was
performed by Denice Allen, accompanied by Daun DeJournette. Speaker was
Lyell Bingham (brother). Musical number, "Always," was performed by Denice
Allen, accompanied by Daun DeJournette. Speaker David Hemstreet (grandson).
The benediction was offered by George Bingham.
Pallbearers were grandsons Matthew Bingham, Mark Bingham, Lance Siddoway,
J.D. Siddoway, Glen, Hemstreet and Rod Preece.
Dedication of the grave was by Verdin Manwaring. Interment was in the
Maeser Fairview Cemetery with military honors by American Legion. Compassionate
services were provided by Vernal 4th Ward Relief Society.
Keven Daniel Martinez
Funeral services for Keven Daniel Martinez, born Aug. 10, 2001, died
Jan. 3, 2002, were held Jan. 7 at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with
Pastor Rev. Isaias Lopez.
The family prayer was given by Ivonne Antillou. Prelude music was provided
by the Hispanic Church Congregation. Musical number, "Los ninos son de
Cristo," by the Hispanic Church, accompanied by Isaias Lopez. Speaker was
Ivonne Antillon "Remembranza a Keven." Musical number, " Cristo me Ama,"
by the Children Chorus, accompanied by Angel Gorostieta. Speaker was Los
Ninos son de Cristo, "Mensage a la Conciencia." Musical number, "Barro
en tus Manos," by family Lopez, accompanied by Pastor Lopez. Benediction
was given by Rev. Isaias Lopez. Las bodas del Cordero gave the postlude.
Dedication of grave was by Family Martinez.
Pallbearers were Vriel Herrera, Angel Gorostieta, Isaias Lopez, and
Luis Arellanes. Honorary pallbearers Vriel Lopez, Angel Gorostieta, Manuel
Esquivel, Saul Nunez and Luisa Villalba.
Interment was in the Lapiont Cementary under the direction of Thomson
Funeral services for Eva Christensen were held Dec. 29, 2001 at James
& Gahr in Salem, Mo. with Kendall Jacobs officiating.
Music was provided by Mark Mathas. Interment was at the North Lawn
Cemetery, in Salem. Pallbearers were Ernie Gomez, Rick Wickam, William
Christensen, Shaun Norris, David Wickam and Brad Wickam. Mrs. Christensen
was born July 23, 1916, in Vernal, to William Earl and Iva (Mott) Gadd.
She married Alfred Christensen Feb. 8, 1935. They were the parents of seven
children. Mrs. Christensen died Dec. 26, 2001, at the age of 85 years,
five months and three days.
Survivors include five children, Nancy Wickam and husband, John, Wichita,
Kansas; Lynn Christensen and wife Carolee, Great Falls, Mont.; Ray Christensen
and wife Glenda, Craig, Colo.; Kelly Christensen and wife, Joan Simi Valley,
Calif.; Linda Hernandez and husband, Tony, Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters
June Sherrill, Grand Junction, Colo.; Debris (Sis) Dembowski and husband,
Bud, Vernal; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren;
and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Alfrod Christensen;
two sons; two grandsons; two brothers; and one sister.
Mrs. Christensen loved flowers and enjoyed feeding and watching birds
Funeral services for Florence Marie Lemoine Rupe, born Jan. 10, 1913,
died Jan. 7, 2002, were held Jan. 11 at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary,
with Mitch Blackburn conducting.
The pallbearers were Beau'de Oaks, Braden Oaks, Joe Honeycutt, B.J.
Honeycutt, Jeremy Fountaine and Christopher Lekas. The honorary pallbearers
were Gary Workman, Collin Stevens, Rick Oaks and Gary Oaks.
Compassionate services were by family and friends. Luncheon provided
by Gary and Carmen Workman. The family prayer was given by Patty Stevens.
Daun DeJournette provided the prelude music. Invocation by Teri Burns.
Mitch Blackburn gave the eulogy. A musical number, "Your Mother and Mine,"
was done by Denice Allen accompanied by Daun DeJournette. Speaker was Jim
Lekas. Musical number, "Amazing Grace," was done by Denice Allen and accompanied
by Daun DeJournette. Speaker was Jeanne Freestone. A musical number, "Angel,"
was done by Kathy Deets and Jerri Benedicto, accompanied by Brian Litton.
The benediction was given by Teri Burns. Postlude music provided by Daun
DeJournette. Committal was by Pastor Sterle. Interment in the Maeser Fairview
Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Mortuary.
Grant Jay Richens
Funeral services for Grant Jay Richens, born March 23, 1934, died Jan.
4, 2002, were held Jan. 7, at the Maeser 3rd Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop
Mikel Reynolds conducting.
Pallbearers were Brad Richens, Ken Richens, Justin Cooper, Jake Cooper,
Troy Corless and Luke Massey. Honorary pallbearers were nephews and nephews-in-law.
Compassionate services were Maeser 3rd Ward Relief Society. Family prayer
was given by Bud Richens. Organist was Lana Hall. The chorister was Carol
Palmer. Dan Labrum gave the invocation. A congregational hymn, "How Great
Thou Art." Obituary by Greg Richens. Speaker was Dwayne Atwood. Musical
number, "These Hands," by Ron Walker, accompanied by Daun DeJournette.
Speaker was Bishop Kyle Batty. Bishop Reynolds gave the closing remarks.
Congregational hymn, "God Be with You Till We Meet Again." Merlin Richens
gave the benediction. Dedication of grave by Dan Collier. Interment in
the Dry Fork Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Mortuary.
Lawrence "Larry" Caldwell, age 58, passed away Jan. 12, 2002 in Santa
Rose Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was born Dec. 26, 1943
in Spokane, Wash. to Lowell Reed and Donna Marie Tierney Caldwell. He married
his sweetheart Frances Louise Dye. He was a member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lawrence served a mission in the Western United
States from 1963 to 1965.
He was a U.S. veteran serving in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He retired
after 20 years from the United States Army as a Tex Supply Sergeant in
Funeral services will be Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Kelseyville LDS
Ward Chapel in California. Friends may call Thursday from 10 a.m. until
time of services at the church.
Burial will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. Military
honors by the American Legion. Friends and Family please meet at the cemetery.
Under the direction of Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary & Thomson-Blackburn
Vernal Mortuary. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary fund.
Matthew John Skerl
Matthew "Matt" John Skerl, age 64, passed away Jan. 15, 2002 at his
home in Vernal. He was born Mar. 28, 1937 in Spring Glen, to Matthew and
Evanna Novak Skerl. He married Sharon Crenshaw on Jan. 14, 1966 at Little
Brown Church of the Valley in Sherman Oaks, California. Matt worked as
a building Contractor for Skerl Construction. He served in Germany in the
United States Army. Matt was a loving husband, father and grandfather,
he was loved by many and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Tina; Bobbye and Evonna;
5 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Evanna Merkley; Tillie Skerl.
Graveside Services will be Jan. 18, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. At the Maeser
Fairview Cemetery. Friends may meet the Family at the Cemetery, with Military
Honors by American Legion, under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal
Funeral services for Robert Turner, born May 30, 1921, died Jan. 5,
2002, were held Jan. 8 at the Naples 1st Ward Chapel with Bishop Craig
The family prayer was given by Merton Robb. Louis Stansfield gave the
prelude & postlude music. A musical number "How Great Thou Art" was
performed by Bud Mackay, accompanied by Vivian Macky. Bishop Craig Martin
gave the welcome. David Turner offered the invocation. The eulogy was given
by Kenneth Turner. A musical number "I Am A Child of God," was performed
by his grandchildren, accompanied by Vivian Mackay. Speaker was Dan Olsen.
Quartet, "Have I Done Any Good & Oh My Father," by Verdin Goodrich,
Norman Haslem, Mac Holmes and Phillip Manwaring, accompanied by Dorothy
Merrell. Speaker was Mac Holmes. Mary Jean Robb gave the family thank you.
Quartet, "Abide With Me," by Verdon Goodrich, Norman Haslem, Mac Holmes
and Phillips Manwaring, accompanied by Dorothy Merrel. Benediction by Quentin
Robb. The dedication of the grave was by Bud Mackay. The pallbearers were
David Turner, Kenneth Turner, Merton Robb, Bud Mackay, Quentin Robb, Brian
Robb, Russel Robb and Levi Mackay.
Honorary pallbearers were Weston Turner, Ralph Stansfield, Wyatt Turner,
Craig Stansfield Stan Bench, Ben Turner and Naples First Ward High Priest.
Interment in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson Blackburn
Vernal Mortuary with military honors by American Legion. Compassionate
services were provided by Naples 1st Ward Relief Society.