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Lois L. Cunningham
Lois Louise Bennett Cunningham, 62, of Vernal, died Jan. 11, 2000 at her home in Vernal. She was born Aug. 6, 1937 in Los Angeles, Calif., a daughter of Jack W. Bennett and Francelia Forgus Bennett. She married M.C. (Chuck) Cunningham April 2, 1955 at Hawthorne, Calif. She was not only Chuck's wife and companion in life, but his partner in four different businesses. 
Lois worked as a dental assistant in Parowan. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Glines 4th Ward, and served in all capacities in her church. She was active in the Primary, Relief Society, and Young Women's M.I.A.
One of the things she enjoyed most was her new calling as a Temple Ordinance Worker here in the Vernal LDS Temple. Lois also enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, sightseeing and she loved the arts. 
Lois was preceeded in death by a brother, Dean Bennett. 
She is survived by her husband, M.C. (Chuck) Cunningham, Vernal; children, Mark (Reneta) Cunningham, Blaine, Wash; Gary (Angela) Cunningham, Victorville, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; Lori Rodriguez, Jessica Vernal, Ryan Cunningham, Haley Cunningham, Max Cunningham, Katrina Cunningham, Nicole Cunningham, Samantha Cunningham, Brandon Cunningham, Brandie Cunningham, and Mack Jr. Cunningham; parents, Francelia and Dean Bennett, Vernal.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000 in the Glines 4th Ward LDS Chapel with Bishop Nick Richins conducting.
Keith Osborn offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Carla Cleavinger. 
David Irving gave the invocation and Chuck Cunningham offered a eulogy. 
The Glines 4th Ward Choir, accompanied by Christine Labrum, sang "Be Still My Soul;" and Jim Hales, accompanied by Carla Cleavinger, sang "Close To The Edge of Heaven."
Speakers were Connie Caldwell and Gail King with closing remarks offered by Bishop Richins.
Dee Jay Chivers gave the benediction and Gary Cunningham dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Gary Cunningham, Rus King, Jackie Cunningham, Mark Cunningham, Keith Osborn and Treven Burchill. 
Honorary pallbearers were Terry Caldwell and Jim Humphreys. 
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Glines 4th Ward Relief Society.

Marva Hacking
Marva Batty Hacking, 69, of Vernal, died Jan. 14, 2000 at the Ashely Valley Medical Center in Vernal. She was born Sept. 28, 1930 in Vernal, the daughter of Marion Batty and Mable Siddoway Batty. She married A.L. (Bud) Hacking on Nov. 26, 1948 in Vernal. 
Marva was co-owner of Bud's Steak House in Vernal, a member of the Pink Ladies at Ashley Valley Medical Center, a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and also a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. She was a member of the LDS Church. Marva enjoyed racing horses, reading and caring for others, especially older people in the neighborhood, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Bud Hacking, Vernal; children, Darcy (Mike) Keele, Vernal; Lorrie (Randy) Cloward, Roosevelt; and Cathy (Mark) Hoffman, Grand Forks, N.D.; five grandchildren, Dusty Keele, Brandy Keele, Russell Cloward, Ryan Cloward and Garrett Cloward. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Vernal 5th Ward Chapel. Friends may call Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.

Arthur F. McOmber
Arthur Fisk McOmber, born July 28, 1914 and died Dec. 31, 1999, were held Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 in the Vernal 2nd and 4th Ward Chapel with Bishop Michael Peterson.
Arthur McOmber, son, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by granddaughter, Tamara Ballard. 
Arthur McOmber, III, grandson, gave the invocation and Bishop Peterson offered the obituary.
Speakers were David McOmber, brother; Arthur McOmber, Jr., son; Howad McOmber, son; and David Ahrnsbrak, step-son.
Jan King, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang "How Great Thou Art," and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again;" and Laura Hacking played a medley of hymns.
Clarence Teerlink, brother-in-law, gave the benediction and Winston McOmber, brother, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were Michael McOmber, Art McOmber, III, Mark McOmber, Nelson Ahrnsbrak, Dallin Ahrnsbrak, Mark Ballard, Edwin Hacking and Tyson Hacking. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Hullinger Jolley Funeral Home with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 7th Ward Relief Society.

Virgil Dar Hatch
Former resident of Vernal, Virgil Dar Hatch, 77, died Jan. 12, 2000 after a long battle with cancer in his home in Star Valley, Ariz.
Virgil was born in Safford, Ariz., to Bert and Murtle Hatch on Nov. 18, 1922. He married Genita Clarke, March 12, 1942 and later they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa, Ariz., LDS Temple.
Virgil was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he loved to serve. He was a successful farmer and land owner in his young adulthood in Mesa, Ariz. In 1966 he moved his family to Vernal where he owned and operated a farm on the Green River. Later he built two mobile home parks, one of which is still operating (Esquire Estates.)
While in Vernal, Virgil made many life-long friends. He then had the opportunity to build and operate another mobile home park in Castle Dale. He most recently resided in Star Valley where he moved in 1980. There he built and managed an R.V. park, until becoming ill in 1997. 
Virgil is survived by his wife, Genita, Star Valley; daughters, Lynell (Gene) Anfinson, Peggy (Danny) Moore, both of Vernal; Janet (Gary) Homan, Cornwall,N.Y.; Sheila (Mike) Noakes, Sacramenta, Calif.; sons, Phil Hatch and Gary (Julie) Hatch, Star Valley.
Virgil's greatest love was his family and hard work. He loved working side-by side with his wife throughout their 56 years of marriage. He enjoyed people and knew how to make them laugh and feel good. He will be greatly missed by many friends and family. 
The funeral was held in Payson, Ariz., on Jan. 17 with the interment later held in Mesa, Ariz.

Orvil Phillips
Orvil A. Phillips, born July 31, 1917, passed away on Dec. 6, 1999 at his home in Quartzsite, Ariz. He met and married Pearl, who preceded him in death on July , 17, 1997. They enjoyed almost 62 years together. 
They lived and worked in Vernal for many years. 
They had three children: son, Johnnie (Ann) Phillips, Bountiful; daughter, Delanna (Gary) Case, who passed away eight years ago, Brigham City; and Darlena (Ron) Brisendine, Tacoma, Wash.
He is also survived by brother, John Phillips, Rock Springs, Wyo.; sister, Laura Cendreau, Salina, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Thebbie Moon
Funeral services for Thebbie Moon, 83, of Jensen, will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000 at 2 p.m. in the Jensen Ward LDS Chapel. Friends may call Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thomson's Vernal Mortuary and on Saturday one hour prior to services at the chapel.
Burial will be in the Jensen Cemetery under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.

Virginia Hendricks
Graveside services for Virginia Hendricks of Vernal, will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Maeser Fairview Cemetery. 
Services will be under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.

Lois Walker
Lois Merkley Walker, 80, died Jan. 17, 2000 at her home in Naples City, with her children by her side. She was born in Vernal, Jan. 28,1919, the fourth child of Samuel Murray Merkley and Loretta Henry Merkley. She married our Dad, Asael Oscar Walker on April 10, 1935 in Duchesne. 
They began their married life in humble circumstances on a small farm in Mountain Home. They later moved to Kamas and in 1945 moved to Vernal to raise their family of two girls and four boys.
Mother loved the out doors where she and Dad spent many hours camping, fishing, hunting and scouring the hills for arrowheads. If there wasn't someone available to go on these excursions, she would often go by herself. Her favorite sport was bowling and she played on various teams until her health wouldn't allow her to continue. She loved to garden, growing vegetables and flowers for all to enjoy. She was never happier than when her family and friends were with her, gathered around the kitchen table playing games or just visiting and sharing cherished moments. She also spent many hours crocheting treasured afghans for her grandchildren. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The six children born to this union were Lucille (deceased); Oscar Lee (Rae) Walker, Provo; Earl "Bill" Willis (Elaine) Walker, Middleburg, Fla.; Charles Allan (Flossie) Walker, Vernal; Sharon (Jean) Hatch, Vernal; and an infant son who passed aways shortly after birth. She has 21 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren. She is survived by two sisters, Grace Oaks, Naples, and Mary Price, Maeser. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Asael Walker, two children, three brothers, two sisters and two grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Naples 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 2313 S. 1500 E. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomson's Vernal Mortuary and Saturday morning one hour prior to the services at the chapel. 
Burial will be in the Jensen Cemetery in Jensen under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.

Ada May Massey
Ada May Stewart Cooper Massey, 79, passed away Jan. 18, 2000. She was born May 19, 1920 to Lloyd and Ida Woodward Stewart of Jensen. She was the youngest of seven children. 
She married Grant Cooper in March of 1938. They had two children, Cheryl Cooper (Grant) Richens and Stewart (Marketa) Cooper, both of Vernal. Grant passed away on Feb. 5, 1955. May married Earl Massey in December of 1957. 
During her 79 years, May apprenticed as a beautician and has given hundreds of haircuts and perms to family members and close friends. She also worked at Uintah Freight for Rondo Sullivan, and for Dr. John Shimmin as a dental assistant. After leaving Dr. Shimmin's employ, she went to Henegar's Business College and then worked many years for Drs. Bruce Christian and Durrell Chivers. 
May was always a wonderful seamstress. She made everything from blouses and skirts to tailored suits and a traditional wedding dress for her oldest grand-daughter. She was an avid reader, loved to travel, loved games, crossword puzzles, solitaire and working in her flowers. She grew some of the most beautiful roses in the valley. She enjoyed family gatherings and also liked spending time on the mountain at their cabin. She was an excellent cook and homemaker and kept a neat clean home throughout her life.
May was preceded in death by her first husband, Grant Cooper; her parents, Lloyd and Ida Stewart; her brothers, Luther, Wiley, Ezra, Enoch and Raymond Stewart; and her sister, Vera Caldwell; also one great grandson, Jeremiah Massey. 
May is survived by her husband, Earl Massey; her two children, Cheryl (Grant) Richens; Stewart (Marketa) Cooper; five step-children, Carol (Douglas) Hatch, Kay (Hugh Van) Pierce, Connie Massey, Leah (Greg) Reber and Randy (Gena) Massey. She has 17 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren. 
She was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. in Thomson's Vernal Mortuary. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning at the mortuary. 
Burial will be in the Dry Fork Cemetery under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary.
Robert L. Robbins
Funeral services for Robert L. Robbins, born Jan. 30, 1915 and died Jan. 4, 2000, were held Friday, Jan. 7, 2000 with Bishop Joe C. Maestas conducting. 
Robert Shaw, grandson, offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Janet Nelson. 
Wayne Merrill, grandson, gave the invocation. 
Speakers were Darylene Machado, Dan Robbins, Janet Hatch, Gale Robbins and Pat Yadon. 
Kathy Deets and Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Carol Murray, sang "Grandpa, Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days," and "Daddy's Hands;" the great grandchildren, accompanied by Janet Nelson, sang "Where Is Heaven;" Kay Hunting and Enola Murray, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang "Remember Me," and "How Great Thou Art;" and Annette Hatch sang "Goodbye My Friend."
Rick Robbins, grandson, gave the benediction and Curtis Hadlock dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Brent Olson, Mike Robbins, Bruce Kay, Wade Robbins, Eric Yadon and David Yadon. 
Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and all grandchildren.
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 4th Ward Relief Society.

Carma N. Hacking
Funeral services for Carma Nielson Hacking, born Aug. 20, 1925 and died Jan. 9, 2000, were held Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000 with Bishop Kyle Batty conducting.
Lorin (Pudge) Merkley offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Kay Hunting.
John Ryan Hacking, grandson, gave the invocation and Bishop Batty gave the eulogy.
Speakers were Ronnie Merkley, neighbor and friend, and Bishop Batty.
Myke Hall, accompanied by Daun DeJournette, sang "These Hands;" Daun DeJournette and Dorothy Luck, accompanied by Kay Hunting, sang "My Wild Irish Rose;" and the congregation, led by Charlotte Hyde, chorister, and Kay Hunting, accompanist, sang "God Be With You Til We Meet Again."
Dean Johnson, neighbor and friend, gave the benediction and Bruce Bodkin dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews, J.R. Hacking, T.J. Hacking, James Earl Hacking, Kendall Hacking, A.J. Murray and Rick Nielson. 
Interment was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson's Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Maeser 3rd Ward Relief Society.

Ardith Robbins
Funeral services for Ardith Hadlock Robbins, born Feb. 27, 1918 and died Jan. 10, 2000, were held Friday, Jan. 14, 2000 with Bishop Joe C. Maestas conducting.
Ken Hadlock offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Carol Murray. 
Tom Murray gave the invocation. 
Speakers were Darylene Machado, Dan Robbins, Janet Hatch, Gale Robbins and Pat Yadon.
Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Brian Litton, sang "Wind Beneath My Wings;" Kay Hunting and Enola Murray, accompanied by Laura Hacking, sang "Beautiful Land," and "How Great Thou Art;" Kathy Deets and Geri Benedicto, accompanied by Carol Murray, sang "That Wonderful Mother Of Mine;" Amy Lube Allen played a piano solo, "The Waltz You Saved For Me;" and Annette Hatch sang "Goodbye My Friend."
Dez Murray gave the benediction and Curtis Hadlock dedicated the grave. 
Pallbearers were Wayne Merrill, Mike Robbins, Eric Yadon, Rick Robbins, Wade Robbins and David Yadon. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of the Thomson's Vernal Mortuary with compassionate services offered by the Vernal 4th Ward Relief Society.

Weldon Bastian
Funeral services for Weldon Wilford Bastian, born June 24, 1912 and died Jan. 7, 2000, were held Wednesday, Jan. 12 in the Ashley Stake Center with Bishop Mike Haslem officiating.
Larry Bastian offered the family prayer with prelude and postlude music played by Jana McKeachnie.
June Bastian, brother, gave the invocation and Marlene Safsten, daughter, offered the eulogy.
Speakers were sons, Daniel Bastian, Steven Bastian, David Bastian and Larry Bastian; and brother, Del Mar Bastian. 
Remarks were offered by Bishop Haslem. 
Nicole Bastian, granddaughter, played a piano solo, "Oh Divine Redeemer;" Rachel Bastian, granddaughter, accompanied by Diane Bastian, played a violin solo, "Meditation" from "Thais;" Chappy and Penny Lindsay, daughter, accompanied by Diane Bastian, sang "Come Unto Him;" and Weldon's granddaughters sang "The Lord Is My Shepherd."
Derrill Bastian, brother, gave the benediction and David Bastian, dedicated the grave.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Michael Williams, Matthew Williams, Trenton Bastian, Robert Bastian, Jared Bastian, David Lindsay and Nate Christensen. 
Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park under the direction of Hullinger Jolley with compassionate services offered by the Ashley 1st Ward Relief Society. 

DeWard Murray
DeWard Murray, age 68, died Jan. 23, 2002 in Roosevelt. He was born Dec. 20, 1933 in Vernal to Thomas Ward and Lasca Polly Ainge Murray Hall. He married Glennis Marie Van November 1954 in Vernal. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Jan. 24, 1987.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved the gospel and served in numerous church callings. He was a home teacher, Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher and he served in several Elders Quorum presidencies. During his lifetime he worked as a miner and Union president in the Gilsonite mines in Bonanza, and a crew foreman in the Trona mines in southwest Wyoming. Before his retirement in 1990 he worked in the oilfield /safety industry.
He attended college to learn about computers. He was a certified EMT, an accomplishment he was proud of. Pete was a staff sgt. In the USAF. He served in the 4050th Food Service Squadron. He loved to cook and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. He liked hunting, fishing, archery, bowling and photography. Pete loved to tease and enjoyed a good joke. He loved his family and friends. He liked to visit and make friends wherever he went. He always had a special way with children. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a story to tell about each one of them. He will be missed by all who knew him.
DeWard is survived by his wife of 47 years, Glennis Marie Van Murray of Vernal; four children, DeLennis V. (Bruce) Crooks, Casper, Wyo.; Peter Kole Murray, Rawlins, Wyo.; Brenda Murray, Evanston, Wyo.; and DeeWard Murray Jr. of Rangely, Colo.; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; parents, Thomas Ward and Verna Murray, of Jensen; six brothers and sisters; Mick (Dixie) Hall of Ioka; Lois Marie (Henry) Lems, Bluffdale; Enola (Donald) Martinsen, Vernal; and Tom (Arlene) Murray of Vernal; Kay (Dell) Hunting of Vernal; Dez (Carol) Murray, Vernal.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lasca Polly Ainge Murray Hall; stepfather, Ralph Hall, and brother, Rennie Earl Hall.
Funeral services were held Jan. 26 at the Glines 1st Ward Chapel.
David W. Olsen was conducting. Pallbearers were Dee Ward Murray "Jr.", Mitchell "Mick" Hall, Joseph Bond, Murray Bond, Zack Postma, Joe Christofferson, Bruce Christofferson ,and Kenny Fountain. Compassionate services were provided by Glines 1st Ward Relief Society. Dez Murray gave the family prayer. Prelude and postlude music was provided by Daun DeJournette. The invocation was given by Chick Beyon. Obituary/remarks were given by Bishop Olsen. Musical number "How Great Thou Art," was performed by Kay Hunting and Enola Martinsen, accompanied by Daun DeJournette. Speaker was Ron Edrington. Bishop Olsen gave the closing remarks. Musical number, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," was performed by Kay Hunting and Enola Martinsen, accompanied by Daun DeJournette. Tom Murray gave the benediction. Dedication of the grave was by Joseph Bond. Military honors were provided by American Legion. Burial was in the Maeser-Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

John Edward Harding
John Edward Harding returned to his Heavenly Father for a joyful reunion with his parents on Jan. 25, 2002, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, due to complications resulting from a sudden attack of pancreatitis. John was born to Edward Bailey Harding and Lurean Stevens Harding Jan. 15, 1942 in Price. He lived his life with enthusiasm, generosity and goodness.
John married Karen Kaye Taylor in 1961, and was later divorced. John then married the love of his life Frances Wegrzyn, on Feb. 21, 1976 and their marriage was later sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
John grew up and lived in Craig, Colo. for 40 years. He graduated from Moffat County High School in 1960 and attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1964 with a degree in business administration.
Upon his returning from college, he began working in the family owned beer distribution business with his father. In 1968, he purchased the business from his father and became president of C&H Distributing. For almost 40 years, he distributed beer for Miller Brewing Company, Coors Brewing Company and Anheuser-Busch.
While living in Craig he served on the Craig City Council and the Executive Board of the Colorado West Area Council of Governments. He was a past president of the B.P.O.E Elks club, and a member of the Kiwanis Club and active with the Colorado Beer Distributors Association.
In 1983, John and his family moved to Vernal. In Vernal his activities included serving on the Uintah County Planning and Zoning Board, president of the Rotary Club, past president of the Utah Beers Distributors Association and a Board of Directors member of the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
John was dedicated to supporting and improving his community; he was a long time sponsor and contributor to the Dinosaur Round-up Rodeo as well as a Boy Scout Committee Chairman. He was committed to supporting the formal education of his own family and others. Each year he awarded scholarships to Vernal's Uintah High School students and was also involved in helping other students complete their academic goals with continual encouragement as well as financial help. He was an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
John loved his family and was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. His greatest pleasures in life were sharing meals with his family, boating, travel, and spending time with his friends. John was a kind, generous and loving person. He was a true friend and was sincerely dedicated to the support of others. He made each person he encountered feel special, as each immediately became his "favorite," whether it was a bank teller, a waitress, an employee, a neighbor or member of the family.
He is survived by his wife Frances, his children: daughter Suzan Rene Harding (Jean Martin) of Montreal, Canada, and sons Carl Edward Harding, Randall Mark Harding (Tari), and Ryan Joseph Harding; three grandchildren, Judith Blanche, Joel Felix and Austin Michael; his brother Richard George Harding (Barbara) of Kure Beach, N.C., his sisters Jeanne Harding Cook (Scott) and Marianne Harding Burgoyne (Dr. Robert H. Burgoyne) of Salt Lake City and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John Harding Scholarship Fund through the Uintah School Foundation, 635 W. 200 S., Vernal. 
Funeral services were held Jan. 29, at the Maeser LDS Stake Center. Burial were in the Provo City Cemetery under the direction of Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.

Jesus Fidel Velencia
Jesus Fidel Valencia, 72, of Vernal died Jan. 20, 2002 at Ashley Valley Medical Center. He was born Jan. 1, 1930 in ElCeuerbo, Micaucuan, MX to Jesus Fidel Valencia and Cleofas Nunez. Fidel was a construction worker and volunteered at the local food pantry for the last year. He spent a lot of time hunting and fishing with his sons. Fidel loved camping and the outdoors, especially having cook outs with his friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Cleofitas MaryLou Schoolcraft; Susie Valencia; three sons, David Garcia, Jesus Fidel Valencia; Robert Ruben Valencia; three grandsons, six granddaughters and one great-grandson; two brothers Gilberto Valencia; Baudlio Valencia; one sister, Emilia Valencia, many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Jan. 25 at Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. Burial was in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
The pallbearers were Wilber Woody, Czyz Woody, Ty Woody, Justin Bristol, Cody Bristol, and Ablardo Hernandez. Conducting was Mitch Blackburn. The obituary was given by Mitch Blackburn. Prelude and postlude music was provided by Daun DeJournette. Musical was "Precious Memories," by Daun DeJournette. Lords Prayer by the congregation.

Carl Woehrmann
Carl H. Woehrmann left this earth to be with our Heavenly Father on Jan. 27, 2002, at his home in Tooele. He was born on June 16, 1928 in Hayden, Colo. to Fredrick (Fritz) and Ethel May Woehrmann. As a young man he lived in Vernal, where he drove truck in the oil fields. In 1971 he and his wife moved to Arizona where he worked for and retired from Arizona Dept. of Transportation. He was loved in life and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; daughter, Kathie.
He is survived by his wife, Neva of Tooele; one brother, Al (Leolo) Woehrmann of Vernal; two sisters, Mary Preece of Colorado and Lily Smith of California; a daughter, Connie (Danny) Smith of Tooele; three grandchildren, Jason (Cassandra) Cooper of Oregon; Brandon (Melissa) Cooper of Herriman; Holli (Jim) Hansen of Magna; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Kenzi, Michelle and Audrie, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary on Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the mortuary one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park on Feb. 5.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Carl's name to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.

Colton Orvil McKeachnie
Colton Orvil McKeachnie, 81 passed away Jan. 19, 2002 at Ashley Valley Medical Center. He was born Sept. 9, 1920, in Vernal, Utah to Thomas Murray and Edna Smith Hardy McKeachnie. 
He married Helen Fletcher on Mar. 11, 1941. Their marriage was later solemnized on Oct. 9, 1964 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Colton was a farmer, sheepman and state meat inspector. Colton was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a Veteran of World War II, President of the Highline Canal Company for 31 years. He loved all sports including, and for a long time was the Uintah County horseshoe pitching champion. He played softball and basketball for many years, helped coach and attended many camping trips with the scouts.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Fletcher McKeachnie; children, Gayle (Kathlene) of Vernal; Teddy (Vaun) Whitesides of Syracuse, Utah; LeeAnn (Ken) Honeycutt of Orem, Utah; Trent (Meg) of Vernal; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Lyle McKeachnie of Vernal; sister, Laura Rasmussen Hirschi of Vernal; Venice Hettinger of Kearns, Utah and Sharon Horrocks of Pocatello, Idaho.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Glenn; sister, Edith Hunting and daughter-in-law, Judy McKeachnie.
Funeral services were held Jan. 21, 2002, in the Glines 5th LDS Ward Chapel. Burial was in the Vernal Memorial Park with Military Honors by the American Legion, under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. In lieu of flowers please make donations to a missionary fund.
Conducting the funeral services was Bishop Anthony Deets. The Pallbearers (grandsons) were Brett McKeachnie, Jared McKeachnie, Jacob McKeachnie, Jason Whitesides, Travis Honeycutt, and Kyle Honeycutt. The Honorary Pallbearers were Jonathan McKeachnie, Kevin Honeycutt, Cory Kellogg, and Brian Kellogg. Compassionate Service was by Glines 5th Ward Relief Society. Trent McKeachnie (son) gave the family prayer. The organist was Susan Bell, chorister was Teresa Arnold. The prelude and postlude music was provided by Susan Bell. The congregation sang Hymn number 86,"How Great Thou Art." Invocation was by Ken Honeycutt (son in-law). Obituary/Eulogy was given by Bishop Anthony Deets. Jared McKeachnie (grandson) spoke. A musical number, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," was sung by granddaughters and accompanied by Kathlene McKeachnie. Teddy Whitesides (daughter) spoke. Remarks were given by Bishop Anthony Deets. The Congregation sang Hymn number 166, "Abide With Me." Benediction was given by Vaun Whitesides (son-in-law). Dedication of the grave was by Gayle McKeachnie (son).

Marie S. Yates
Services for Casper, Wyo. resident Marie S. Yates, 90, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bustard's Funeral Home by Bishop Lincoln Burton of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 5th Ward.
She died Jan. 27, 2002, at Wyoming Medical Center, of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 2, 1911, in Vernal, the daughter of Albert and Lillian Singleton. On May 17, 1929, she graduated from Uintah High School. She attended Brigham Young University in 1929 and 1930 and graduated from Utah State Agricultural College in 1933, with a bachelor of science degree in education. In 1935, she attended Columbia Teachers' College in New York City and, in 1938, the University of Idaho. In 1963, she earned a master's of education in educational guidance from the University of Wyoming and, in 1971, received an educational specialist degree. Her first teaching position was in Baggs, Wyo. where she taught first and second grades for a year. She then taught physical education and social studies at Baggs High School. Before moving to Casper in 1949, she taught in several towns in Utah and Idaho.
In 1951, she began working at Natrona County High School and taught business education for one year and physical education and swimming for nine years. In the fall of 1961, she was hired as a school counselor at Dean Morgan Junior High School, retiring in May 1976. In January 1978, she became a guidance counselor at Midwest High School and served through May 1979. She then returned to DMJHS as an educational diagnostician in special education.
Her educational career spanned 51 years: 23 as a teacher; 19 as a school counselor; two as a diagnostician; and seven as a substitute teacher at the elementary and secondary levels. On July 7, 1939, she married Howard A. Smith of Midvale. On Aug. 28, 1946, she married Clem B. "Bill" Yates in Vernal. He preceded her in death. She was elected to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and was a member of Chi Omega and Alpha Delta Kappa sororities and Rebekah Lodge No. 13.
During her career, she was a member of the National and Wyoming education, Classroom Teachers, Wyoming Personnel and Guidance, American Personnel and Guidance and National Vocational Guidance associations. Her service to many educational organizations on the local and state level over the years was impressive.
A member of the LDS Church, she was active in music circles and played the piano professionally for many years.
Survivors include two sons, Harold Smith and Bill Yates and his wife, both of Casper; daughter, Dr. Linda Yates, and her husband of Evergreen, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a sister.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels or Central Wyoming Senior Citizen Center.
Graveside Services will be Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 at 2 p.m. at the Maeser Fairview Cemetery. Friends may meet the family at the Cemetery, under the direction of Bustards Funeral Home in Casper, WY and Thomson Blackburn Vernal Mortuary in Vernal.

Laura Oaks
Laura "LaVeen" Oaks, age 68, passed away Jan. 28, 2002 at her home in Vernal. She was born July 3, 1933 in Myton to William Devon and Lila Dennis Gentry. LaVeen married her sweetheart Martin E. "Salty" Oaks on August 22, 1952 in Vernal.
LaVeen was a member of the Elks, she was a member of several bowling leagues through out the years at Dinah Bowl. She loved camping and playing horseshoes. Most of all she loved playing Skip-Bo and Yahtzee with family and friends. Laura was a big fan of the Utah Jazz and Elvis Presley.
She is survived by her two daughters, Sandy Jean McKowen; Lori Ann (Kelvin) Goodwin; two sons, James Lee (Larie Dawn) Oaks; Jeffery Martin (Kala) Oaks all of Vernal; 10 granddaughters, 10 grandsons, 12 great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (Barbara) Gentry of Peoria, Ariz.; Bryan (Dorothy) of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Rhea (Lester) Blanchard of Hurricane. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin E. "Salty" Oaks; daughter, Iva Lee Oaks; parents, William Devon and Lila Gentry.
Funeral services will be Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Vernal 4th Ward Chapel. Friends may call at Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary Thursday evening from 7-9 and at the mortuary from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior before going to the chapel. Burial will be in the Maeser Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Thomson-Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. 


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