Miscellaneous Uintah County, Utah Obituaries


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William L. Hullinger

Our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, William Lester Hullinger, 79, of Dry Fork Canyon, Vernal, left this earthly life on Oct. 16, 2000 in Salt Lake City, after suffering heart and kidney problems. 
He was born on Oct. 2, 1921 in Cedarview to William and Nellie Levina Wyman Sadlier Hullinger. He married Feza Gwen Penfold on Dec. 21, 1940 in Vernal. Their marriage was solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple on Dec. 17, 1977. To this union four sons and four daughters were born. 
Lester served in the U.S. Army from 1945 - 1947 he was a member of the LDS Church, Maeser 2nd Ward. He had worked as a gilsonite miner, rancher, in telephone maintenance and in the oilfield. He really enjoyed life and had a great sense of humor. He was always teasing or had a joke to tell. 
Lester is survived by his wife of almost 60 years; daughters, Nellie (Alex) Barney, Leota; Carol (Doyle) Eaton, Vernal; Dorothy (Dennis) Slaugh, Faye (Jesse) Phillips, Dry Fork Canyon; sons, Kenneth (Jane) Hullinger, Vernal; Donald (Bridget) Hullinger, Dry Fork Canyon; Eugene (Margery) Hullinger, Manila; William "Billy" (Glenda) Hullinger, Vernal. 
He is also survived by 41 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild; also brothers, Don Sadlier, Delbert Hullinger; and sisters, Violet Sadlier Doman Lewis and Ruth Sadlier.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Maeser Stake Center. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hullinger-Spafford Funeral Home and on Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the chapel. 
Interment will be in the Roosevelt Memorial Park under the direction of the Hullinger-Spafford Funeral Home. 

Don Erekson

Don Miller Erekson, 79, passed away October 8, 2000 in a Seattle hospital of complications due to hip surgery and other health problems. During a trip to Haines, Alaska in September to visit his children and grandchildren, Erekson was medevaced to Juneau and Seattle hospitals. His Haines family accompanied him and remained by his side. 
Don was born on a ranch in Vernal on April 30,1921 to Myrtle Miller and Haller Hensley Erekson. He graduated from Unitah High School in 1939 and attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan through the Future Farmers of America. 
Don joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 where he received his wings and was assigned to a night flying squadron in torpedo bombersand fighters. He continued to have a great love for these vintage planes. 
On April 5, 1946 he married Anna Mae Downs from Miami, Ariz., while stationed in Key West, Fla. After her death, Don married Carlene Jones on July 10,1993, who shared his last eight years. Don worked as an insurance agent for 43 years until he retired in 1990. He traveled throughout Arizona and enjoyed gardening, landscaping, home improvement projects, and watching basketball. 
Don was the youngest of 6 children and is survived by two older sisters June Mowrey and Doris Johnson of Washington, son Frank Erekson of Tempe, Ariz.; daughters Judy Erekson and Jo Anna Egolf of Haines, Alaska; 7 grandchildren; and step-children, Mike Morris and Kelly Thurman of Phoenix. 
Members of his extended family still reside in Utah. His personable manner and good sense of humor charmed those who met him. He will be greatly missed. The family can be contacted through Judy Erekson P.O. Box 572 Haines, Alaska 99827 or (907) 766-2162. Don's loved-ones encourage supporting your local hospice organization.

Ovi Ence

Ovi J. Ence passed away Oct. 16, 2000 in the Craig Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer. He was born March 14, 1912 in Parowan. He married Emma Voy Glasgow on August 21, 1934 in Provo.
Ovi had a love for music and was a member of the LDS Church. He ranched for many years, did various crane work for Hill Field during the war. He worked for Colo-Wyo Coal Company in Craig and was a member of the United Mine Workers. After retirement he and his wife moved to Vernal in 1978 to run a dragline for his son.
Ovi was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed family gatherings and being surrounded by those he loved. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Emma; four children, George (Peggy) Ence, Vernal; Oveta (Roy) Harris, Craig; Joe (Myrna) Ence; Bill (Phoung) Boyle, Ft. Worth, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by siblings; three daughters, Donna Cattoor, Lucille Foreman and Emma Lynn Solosth; son-in-law, Marvin Cattoor; and two grandsons, Robbie Solosth; and Jimmy Lee Boyle.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. In the Craig LDS Church in Craig. A viewing will be held Friday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., in the Grant Mortuary and again Saturday at the church one hour prior to services. Burial will follow after services at the Craig Cemetery under the direction of Grant Mortuary.

Albert C. Winn

Albert Curtis Winn, 59, passed away Oct. 2, 2000 at the University of Utah Medical Center from quick and natural causes. 
Albert was born Nov. 27, 1940 to Albert LeRoy and Elma Bell Curtis Winn in Roosevelt. He married Darlene Davis on Sept. 3, 1959 in Pleasant Valley. He worked for many year in the gilsonite mines when he was first married. He was then a tool pusher and company man for various drilling rigs. For the remaining years of his life, he owned his own truck and drove coast to coast. He also farmed and he loved fishing and hunting. He was a very hard worker, and a "giver;" he'd give you the shirt off his back if needed. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed. 
He is survived by his wife, Darlene, of Myton; daughter, Karren Watkins, Myton; grandchildren, Kimberly Gayler, Jeremy (Jennifer) Gayler, Shaun Watkins and Ashton Watkins; great-granddaughter, Autumn Gayler; brother, Doyle "Moose" (Jeanie) Winn; sisters, Glenna (Kent) Wilson and Donna (Karl) Lamb; sister-in-law, Thelma (Larry) Dye; brother-in-law, Dwane (Shiranna) Davis. 
He was preceded in death by his son, Alvin Winn; brother, Lamar Winn; sisters, Barbara Bryant, Glenda Gurr; grandmother, Belva Curtis; father, Albert LeRoy Winn; mother, Elma Winn.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Myton LDS Chapel. 
Burial was in the Myton City Cemetery under the direction of the Hullinger Mortuary.

Glen D. Anderson

Former Vernal resident Glen D. Anderson, 58, of Elmer City, Wash., passed away in Grand Coulee, Wash., Oct. 10, 2000. 
Glen was born Aug. 5, 1942 to Charles Rulon and Tauline Martinsen Anderson in Denver, Colo. He graduated from Uintah High School in 1960. He married Aloma Jean Barnes in Gunnison, Colo., in 1963. 
Glen worked for the government in Gunnison and Montrose, Colo., Lyman, Wyo., Phoenix, Ariz., Seattle, Wash., and Grand Coulee. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. He was a member of the Banks Lake Golf and Country Club where he was currently president. He was also a member of the Moose as present governor, Elks and LDS Church. 
Glen is survived by his wife, Aloma, of Elmer City, Wash.; brother, Duane (Maurine) Anderson, Bullhead City, Ariz.; sister, Linda (David) Krueger, Hayden Lake, Id.; and numerous neices and nephews. 
Glen was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Sherwin. 
Graveside services were held for Glen in Grand Coulee on Oct. 13 with Bishop Derlyn Brown conducting. 
Sam Rey offered the opening prayer and David Krueger, brother-in-law, gave the euology.
Duane Anderson, brother, gave a family sketch with remarks offered by Bishop Brown. 
David Krueger dedicated the grave.
Interment was at the Spring Canyon Cemetery under the direction of Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee.

Aleen Maples

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, has gone to be reunited with loved ones. She will be greatly missed by all those who loved her. Aleen Maples, 86, passed away Oct. 15, 2000 at her home in Vernal. Aleen was born Sept. 16, 1914 a daughter of Wilson Burr and Annie Grace Woolsy Mitchell. She married Elmer Charles Maples in July 1933 in New Mexico. He passed away in 1992. 
Aleen and Elmer owned and operated motels and restaurants. She was a member of the Protestant Church and loved to be with her family. 
She is survived by her daughters, Betty (Bill) McKnight, Vernal; Beverly (David) Cody, Gaffney, S.C.; sister, Edna Johnson, Herford, Texas; grandchildren, Kenneth and Diane Miller, Ron Miller, Corky and Paulette Miller, Todd and Jennifer McKnight, Chad and Terra McKnight, Jeff McKnight, Joy McKnight; great-grandchildren, Tiffany Miller, Nichole Miller, Samual Miller, Hannah McKnight, Chadrick McKnight, Josh Boren, Jody Boren; and great-grandson, Stephen Miller. 
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Friends may call Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the mortuary and one hour prior to the services. 
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Norman Hancock

Norman S. Hancock, 70, of St. George died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 24, 1930 in Randlett to William and Zeda Wood Hancock. He married Violet Hardy on April 8, 1955 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
His father worked for the government and later they moved to Fort Duchesne where Norm spent his childhood. He graduated from Alterra High School and then served our country during the Korean War spending 18 months in Okinawa. In 1961 Norm graduated from Utah State University where he earned dual degrees in accounting and diesel technology and had a successful 25 year career working for Hunt Wesson Foods. 
Norm was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a scoutmaster for many years, Elders Quorum president, Ward and Stake president of the Seventy, Stake mission president, High Priest group leader, Stake financial clerk and Temple ordinance worker. Norm loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. He was a quiet man who earned the respect of others through his principles, love of God and service to others. 
Norm is survived by his beloved companion and very best friend: Violet, his wife of nearly 46 years; a daughter: Marlene (Douglas) Wechsler of Chino Hills, Calif.; a son: Todd (Mary) Hancock of Chino, Calif.; two sisters: Vivian Cheney and Bonnie (Jerrold) Todd; eight grandchildren: Michael Wechsler (serving a mission in Ohio); Daniel Wechsler, Amber Hancock; Amanda Wechsler, Chip Hancock; Travis Hancock; Nicole Wechsler; Douglas Wechsler; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both his parents; and two brothers: Cortlan and Sterling Hancock.
Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Bloomington Hills LDS 5th Ward Chapel, 1130 East Brigham Rd. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary, 300 West St. George Blvd and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. prior to services at the Bloomington Hills LDS 5th Ward Chapel. Interment will be in the St. George City Cemetery, under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221.

Brad W. Gross

Brad Wesley Gross, 23, returned to his Father in Heaven on Oct. 21, 2001 in Dutch John. Brad was born in Vernal, Dec. 17, 1977 to Dan H. and Charlene Gentry Gross. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He spent his childhood growing up in Vernal. He worked with his dad and brothers logging and building houses. He was active in Scouting and in the Order of the Arrow. He learned to work hard and to take care of what he had. 
Brad graduated from Uintah High School in 1996. Brad moved to Salt Lake City to attend ITT Technical College. He loved heavy equipment and worked as an equipment operator. He developed a friendship and loyalty to many. He had many good friends. He worked for several employers in the Salt Lake area, and has lasting friendships with them. He recently moved back to Vrnal with his parents and family. Art Ylincheta, Triangle Z, was his current employer. Throughout his career, Brad made many friends and made a reputation for himself as a reliable, hard worker.
Brad loved the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing with his family. He just loved being outdoors and being on the mountain. He had a special relationship with his nephew, Bryson, whom he really loved. They were great buddies. He appreciated all of God's creations. Brad, we will miss you and will always remember the good times we had together. We look forward to being reunited again as a family. 
Brad is survived by his parents, Dan and Charlene Gross; brothers and sister, Justin Gross, Chris (Jennifer) Gross, Jeff (Kristen) Gross, and Annette Gross; nephew, Bryson Gross; grandparents, Dale and JoAnn Merrell, Earl and Jeanne Gross; great-grandparents, Ben and Wanda Richards; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his many good friends. 
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Charles F. Gentry. 
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001 at 11 a.m. In the Uintah Stake Center, 4080 South 2500 East. Family and friends may call on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Spafford Funeral Home and on Friday morning prior to the services at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Interment will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under direction of the Spafford Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Brad Gross Trust that has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Vernal. 

Kelly Jack Carter

Kelly Jack Carter, 27, died Oct. 21, 2001 while hunting in Dutch John Draw. He was born April 7, 1974 in Vernal, the son of Mike and Claudia Mercer Carter. He married Kasey Greene on April 23, 1999 in Vernal. He was employed with Ashley Valley Water and Sewer as a plant operator. He also worked for Hatch River Expeditions as a guide for nine years. Kelly graduated from Uintah High School in 1992. 
Kelly was very Christ-like in that he accepted people for who they were and always found the best in people. Kelly loved being in the outdoors, fishing, hunting and river running, his friends called him a master of the river. He loved and had a great respect for the water. Kelly was the best husband and father in the world. 
He is survived by his wife, Kasey; daughters, Karly, Kelsey, Kaela and Hannah Carter; parents, Mike and Claudia Carter; brothers, Kevin Carter and Kayl Carter; grandparents, Buck and Mary Carter; and many friends. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Jean Mercer; and uncle, Stayton Mercer. 
Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. in the First Baptist Church. Friends may call at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary, Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 pm. and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to going to the church. 
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

James A. Harvey

Funeral services for James A. Harvey, born July 15, 1924 and died Oct. 15, 2001, were held Saturday, Oct. 20 in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Minister Marty Young conducting. 
Prelude and postlude music was played by Daun DeJournette. 
Glade Anderson gave the invocation. 
Marty Young read the obituary and offered comments.
Denice Allen sang "Amazing Grace," and "In The Garden;" and Daun DeJournette and Ron Walker sang "One Day at a Time."
Jim Evans dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Jimmy Foster, Ron Wackowski, Roy Glen Dixon, Derry Banta, Spencer Usery and Dennis Slaugh. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park with military honors provided by the American Legion under the direction of the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Edwin Max Hartman

Edwin Max Hartman, 87, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully on Oct. 20, 2001 in Price.
He was born at Mount Emmons on March 24, 1914 and was the second son of Chester Hamilton and Rhoda Louella Marsing Hartman. He lived on a farm in Mt. Emmons during his formative years along with his three brothers, Floid, J. Bruce, and William Eugene. 
During the boys' teenage years the family undertook a massive project to build a dam and establish the Milk Lake Reservoir at the base of Kings Peak in the High Uinta Mountains. They made hundreds of trips on horseback over a 3-year period of time to accomplish this task. After graduating from high school, he attended Utah State University where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Animal Science.
During World War II, Max was drafted into the Unites States Army and served for three years and five months. He served most of his tour of duty in the South Pacific Islands, Australia, New Guinea, and India.
He married Edna Lemon Peterson on Dec. 22, 1946, which was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They were the parents of five children. Edna died June 15, 1989.
During the years that followed, Max worked in many interesting positions of employment. He worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a farm agent and then had the opportunity to work for the Duchesne School District where he taught Vocational Agriculture at Duchesne and Altamont high schools. He worked for the Ute Indian Tribe Education Department with Dr. Francis McKinley, and then moved on as a field agent for the University of Utah. He then worked for the state of Utah Social Service Department through the Vernal Office. After several years he was employed through the state of Utah Job Service where he greatly enjoyed working with his colleagues and helping individuals find meaningful employment.
In 1981 after Max's retirement, he and Edna served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Florida Tallahassee Mission.
Max enjoyed working on the farm, riding horses and fishing. He loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by children, Larry (Diane) Hartman, Springville; Sherri (Steve) Walker, Mountain Home; Laird (Arsenath) Hartman, Wellsville; Charlene (William) Jessen, Altamont and Edwin (Myra) Hartman, Altamont; 27 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren; and a brother, J. Bruce Hartman, Altamont.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna; parents; brothers, Floid and Eugene; daughter-in-law, Zetta; grandchildren, Ticia Lauri Hartman and Rodney Jessen.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Altamont LDS Stake Center where friends may call Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Burial will be in the Altamont Cemetery under the direction of Hullinger Mortuary with military honors by his fellow members of the American Legion. 

Emerson Hackford

Emerson B. Hackford, 23, died Oct. 22, 2001 at his home in Vernal, surrounded by his loving family. Emerson was born Nov. 4, 1977 in Roosevelt, to Fonda Hackford and Emerson Serawop. 
Emerson enjoyed making people laugh. He loved spending time with his family and his daughter, Jasmin. He enjoyed the mountains, camping, hunting and fishing. Emerson loved to draw. He grew up in Venral and was loved by many people. Emerson will be deeply missed by all of us. 
Emerson is survived by his parents, Roy and Fonda Ross, and Emerson Serawop; daughter, Jasmin Hackford, Vernal; brother, Teddy Serawop; sisters, Ricki (Joe) Hackford, Roylene (Bryce) Peterson, all of Vernal; and Mary Serawop, Ft. Duchesne. He is also survived by his grandparents, Lynn and LeOra Hackford, and Mary Sue UncaSam. 
He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Ralph Serawop, Sr., and Weldon Ross; and brother, Karl Serawop.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2001 at 11 a.m. In the Spafford Funeral Home.

Joan Hobbs

Funeral services for Joan Stewart Hobbs, born Dec. 12, 1929 and died Oct. 12, 2001, were held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 in the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary with Danny Bowden conducting. 
David Hatch offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Geri Benedicto. 
De Erick Jones gave the invocation. 
Speakers were Shawn Price, Stephanie Stensgard and Kami Jones. 
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren sang "I Am A Child of God;" Stevie Jo Labrum sang "Quiet River;" Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Marian Porter, sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Remember Me."
Stan Greene gave the benediction and Ed Stewart dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Shayne Price, Scott Revert, John Meisner, Shawn Price, Mark Hopkins and Gregg Stensgard. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 

Michael J. Sutton

Michael James Sutton, 61 of Granbury, Texas died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001 in Wilbarger County, Texas. 
He was born Oct. 27, 1939 in Los Angeles, Calif., a son of the late James and Stella Swainston Sutton. He served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960. He married Dana Murray on Dec. 30, 1960 in Vernal. He was a retired manager of Dowell Schulumber Co. Oil Field Service. He moved to Granbury in 1995 and served as MGA and on the marina committee at Pecan Plantation. He was an avid golfer. 
He is survived by his wife, Dana Sutton of Granbury; son, Troy (Ann) Sutton, Mandeville, La.; daughter, Traci (Tim) Waite, Parker, Colo.; brothers, Gary Sutton, Kenny Sutton and Jimmy Sutton, all of Vernal; sister, Pat McNeil, Vernal; and four grandchildren, Kira Waite, Kelsi Waite, Dylan Sutton and Nathan Sutton. 

LaFreda Melissa Zufelt 

Heber City - LaFreda Melissa Zufelt, age 91, passed away Thursday,
December 23, 1999 in Heber City, Utah. Born August 19, 1908 in
Charleston, Utah, the daughter of Owen and Matilda Casper Wright. 
Married Alva W. Zufelt on November 18, 1925 in Duchesne, Utah. Later solomnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. 
Freda was an active member of the LDS Church, and has given service in
many capacities of the churches Primary and Relief Society
organizations. She was family oriented and especially loved children. 
She enjoyed being out with people. So, most of her working life was in service. Twelve of those years she worked for Wasatch County; eight years as an information specialist for the Chamber of Commerce, and four as a receptionist for the County Court House. She also worked as a cook. And, she loved to cook, becoming famous for her pies and cookies. 
Preceding in death are her husband, Alva on May 23, 1974; two brothers, Clarence and ernest Wright; three sisters, Leona Sexton, Laura Nicol and Merle Killian; and three grandchildren. 
Survivors include her children; son, Alvin (Betty) Zufelt of Vernal, daughters, Elda (Wallace) Bates of Salt Lake City, Alene (Jay) Giles of Mesa, Ariz., and Freda LaVon (Ron) Penn of Vernal; eleven grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Wells Wright of Brigham City, and Earl Wright of Duchesne; sisters, Edna Stewart of Ogden, and Elma (M. Glen) Clark of West Bountiful. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, 1999 - 11:00 A.M. in the Heber Stake LDS Chapel, 150 North 200 West, Heber City, Utah. 
Friends may call Monday, December 27, from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Olpin - Hoopes Funeral Home, 288 North Main Street, Heber City, and Tuesday from 9:45 - 10:45 A.M. prior to the services at the LDS Chapel. Interment will follow in the Heber City Cemetery, Heber City.

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