Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Reid L. Olsen

Reid L. "Bill" Olsen
1927 ~ 2012
HELPER-Our beloved husband, father and grandpa, Reid Lamon "Bill" Olsen, age 85, peacefully passed away while surrounded by family on July 20, 2012 in Helper, Utah from age related health issues.
Reid was born in Consumers, Utah on April 12, 1927 to Ira Glen Olsen and Myrtle Clair Bishop. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Wilson on September 1, 1946 in Duchesne, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti Temple on July 21, 1964.
While in high school, he began employment with the coal mines. Reid served for 20 years as a UMWA miner in various local mines. He subsequently served as a Shift Foreman, Mine Foreman and Superintendent working for mining companies such as Liberty Fuel Company, Swisher Coal, Hiawatha Coal and ARCO Coal. After retiring from active mine management, he worked for Long Airdox selling mining machinery. He also worked for the LDS Church prior to his full retirement. Reid had strong work ethics and was a leader of men.
He was active in the community serving twice as a Helper City Councilmember. He has also served on the board for Helper's Railroad and Mining Museum and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Reid and Lois were honored in 1999 as the Grand Marshall's of Helper's annual Christmas Light Parade.
Reid always loved cars and working on them. He restored his 1931 Ford Model A from the frame up, keeping it in top running condition. He was always able to fix just about anything. He shared his time, talents, and "tools" with many people. He thoroughly loved to "tinker."
Reid was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he served in bishoprics and as a member of the Stake High Council and other leadership positions. He and his wife served two stake missions and he was a devoted home teacher.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Danny Olsen; three sisters, EllaMar, Thelma and Mabel; and three brothers, Laray, Earnest and Byron.
Reid is survived by his wife Lois (who devotedly cared for him); one daughter and three sons, Ginger L. (Ernest) Miller, Syracuse, UT, Reid "Rick" W. (Shelly), Helper, UT, Steven B. (Gail), Calgary Canada, and Alan Bill (Deanna) Delta CO; eleven grandchildren: Eric, Jared, Brian J., Jodi, Jennifer, Jayleen, Stephanie, Kyle, Tonya, Rachael, and Shandel and seventeen great-grandchildren: Carter, Jaxson, Gavin, Haylie, Riley, Madison, Mikaela, Vance, Weston, Mylee, Delanie, Adilyna, Elianna, Beckam, Kenley, John and William; and sister-in-law, Orienne Wilson, Roosevelt UT.
As our husband, dad and grandpa, we bid you farewell with love in our hearts, special memories in our minds and our testimonies that we will see you again. We will miss your sense of humor and your goodness.
Funeral service, Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Helper LDS Stake Center, (150 Ridgeway Street) in Helper. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) in Price Tuesday evening July 24, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and at the church Wednesday from 10:00 - 10:40 a.m. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper. Family and friends are welcome at Mitchell Funeral Home daily and may share memories of Reid at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on July 22, 2012

Don Ramon Lott

Don Ramon Lott
1938 ~ 2012
Don Ramon Lott passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on May 22, 2012. He was born in Hiawatha, Utah on June 16th 1938 to William Bruce and Helen Juanita Hardee Lott. He was raised in Huntington Utah. Graduated from North Emery High School. Served in the Air Force four years.
Married Tamera Helane Davis on September 2nd 1961 in Elmo, Utah. Lived in Salt Lake and raised their family. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011. He worked as an aircraft mechanic at Hill Air Force Base then moved into management and retired March 2003. Don enjoyed spending time with his family, horses, hunting , fishing and camping.
Survived by his wife Tamera Helane, sons Tracy (Denise Lott, Wayne (Vickie) Lott of Kearns and daughter Gwendolyn (Dale) Goettsche of Las Vegas. Many loving grandchildren and loving great-grandchildren. Brothers and sisters Fern (Derald ) Oliver of Castledale, UT, Ramona (Kim) Sherman, West Valley City, UT, Dennis (Pauline) Lott of Escalante, UT, and Billie Jean (David)Raisanen, Gresham, OR. Including many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Rulon Rae.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday May 29th at 11:00 a.m. in the LDS Westwood Height 2nd chapel at 3976 West 5615 South Taylorsville, Utah 84129 with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service. Interment with military honors will be held at the Utah Veterans Cemetery, 17111 Camp Williams Rd. Bluffdale, UT 84065. Special thanks to wonderful care provided by Symbii home health and hospice.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.premierfuneral.com.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 27, 2012

Elmer John Widic

1919 ~ 2012
Elmer John Widic passed away in his home on February 16, 2012.
Elmer was born in Green River, Wyoming on October 10, 1919. His parents were Joseph Widic and Pearl Philbrick. He graduated from Green River High School in 1937. In June of 1939 he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Louise Perkins. Elmer worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for a number of years. In 1945 Elmer went to work for Mt. Fuel Supply company at Hiawatha, Utah. He remained with them for 37 years before retiring from Questar Corp. in 1982. After retiring he was instrumental in forming the Questarians, a retirement group for Questar employees.
In late 1982 he and Dorothy built a home in and moved to Riverdale, Utah. They resided there until a few months before his death.
Elmer had a great love for trains and airplanes. He owned and flew his own aircraft for several years. His home was filled with model airplanes and his own miniature railroad, all of which he built.
He really enjoyed music and dancing and had a collection of over a thousand songs. Dorothy and he loved to camp and spent many many days roaming the hills of Wyoming in search of Native American artifacts. Elmer's greatest love was his wife and partner, Dorothy. They became fast friends with and had the love and respect of all who knew them. Their 73 years of marriage is a real monument to true love, caring and sharing.
In addition to Dorothy, Elmer is survived by his daughter, Mary Jo Spencer; his sister, Dixie Genetti; four grandchildren; several great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law, Blanch Brown and his brother-in-law, Mel Perkins.
A visitation with the family, in memory of Elmer, is planned for March 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m. at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. No formal service is planned per Elmer's wishes.
The family has requested no flowers. Those wishing to honor him may do so by contributing to the Hospice Foundation in recognition and thanks for the care he received with love and compassion for the last several months of his life. Their address is: Community Nursing Services, 425 East 5350 South, Suite 110, South Ogden, UT 84405.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com

Published in Deseret News from February 25 to March 2, 2012
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Beth Fry

Beth Fry
Richfield, Utah
Beth Pearson Fry, 84, of Richfield, passed away at home surrounded by her family, June 24, 2012, in Richfield. She was born September 6, 1927, in Mt Emmons, Duchesne County, Utah. She was the oldest child of Leslie Neils and Elda Case Pearson. She lived most of the first nine years of her life in Mt. Emmons except for a little while that her father spent working in the coal mines at Hiawatha in Carbon County. In 1937 her father bought his father's farm in Boneta, Duchesne County and the family moved there. He was a cattle rancher and raised hay and grain to feed the cattle and horses and a large garden to feed the family. Work was no stranger to the Pearson family and it was at the end of the Great Depression so everyone was in the same place. They all had to struggle to make a living.
Beth was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many church callings. She was called as a Primary teacher at about 16 years of age. She was the youngest Primary teacher that the ward had ever had.
She received her schooling first at Mt. Emmons Elementary School and then at Altamont High School where she graduated in 1945. She received a scholarship to Westminster College in Salt Lake City but didn't use it. When she graduated from high school she went to Ogden where she found employment at the Army Supply Depot as a clerk typist, working there for the next year. While working there she met the love of her life, John J. Fry. They were married in Ogden, May 22, 1946. Their marriage was solemnized in the Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple on October 21, 2004. He preceded her in death on November 4, 2007, after 61 years of marriage.
They moved to Idaho Falls, ID, where Jack had employment. While there, their first two children were born: Delbert James and Carole Jean. Jack's employment later took them to Salt Lake City, and finally to Richfield, where they added three more children to the family: Julie Ann, Teresa Lynne and Sheila Marie.
Beth is survived by her children, Delbert(Virginia) Fry, Richfield; Carole Dumas, Pleasant Grove; Julie Winn, Kearns; Teresa Fry, Richfield; and Sheila (Greg) Higgins, Richfield; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; brother, William Pearson, CO; sister, Marge Lundell, Pleasant Grove; sisters-in-law, Joann Fry, ID and Betty Higdon, CA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; parents; grandson, David Jeff Beck; great-grandson, Patrick Douglas Higgins; and sister, Kathleen P. Brown.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 2, 2012, at 12 Noon in the Richfield 2nd Ward LDS Chapel, 700 W 200 S. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary, 50 S 100 W, in Richfield, Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the ward chapel Monday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Richfield City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at www.maglebymortuary.com
The family would like to thank all the medical personnel who have taken care of Mom the past 18 months, with a special thanks to Shauna, Brooke and Shara for their loving care.

Published in Deseret News on June 28, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Elaine Norton
Elaine Norton
WELLINGTON - Helen Elaine Johnatakis Norton, age 82, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family in Wellington on Aug. 17, 2012. She was born in Hiawatha on May 24, 1930 to Jim and Chloe Allred Johnatakis. She married Carl Norton in Wellington on Dec. 14, 1946. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple. Elaine was raised in Hiawatha and Wellington and raised her family in Wellington. She and Carl had four children: Jim Carl, Gerald Lynn (Gary), Carla Lorraine and Med Bruce. Her family loved to camp, fish, hunt and search for arrowheads. They spent many happy hours in the outdoors together and with extended family. Elaine was a dearly loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. Her home (recognized by its many antlers) was always open to visitors, and people from all parts of the world visited her and enjoyed her many stories and experiences. She loved to write, both stories and poems, about her family and her life experiences. She was known for her generosity and love and was always giving to others. She was also known for her homemade pinoche. She was a devout member of the LDS church and had a strong testimony of the Savior. Elaine is survived by her children: Jim (Gayann) Norton, Gary (Jodi) Norton, Carla (Kirt) Tatton and by her brother, John (Joan) Jonhatakis, and sisters: Shirley (Granville-deceased) Cooper, Betty (Vern) Workman, and Mary Lee (Francis) Greenland, and grandchildren, Jill (Eric) Foster, Amy Sehestedt, Laurie (Omar) Molinar, Allison Norton, Tori (Bill) Austin, Eric (Heather) Norton, Casey (Nicole) Norton, and Mike Fox, and 14 great-grandchildren. Elaine is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Carl, son, Med, a brother Jimmy and sisters: Lorraine Johnatakis and Connie Kosmack. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Wellington LDS Stake Center, 935 E. Main Street, Wellington. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Wellington City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Elaine at www.fausettmortuary.com.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hiawatha Breakfast

We had a great turnout today at our Hiawatha Breakfast. Everyone was talking at once and it was hard to keep up with all the conversations.
Those that were there:
Don Reaveley
Wally Baldwin
Dean Petrulas
Archie McCarrie
Bob Wilde
Merlin Blackburn
Mike Manosakis
Ken Allred
Jim Allred   (Ken's son)
Paul Mecham
Chris Vaseleou
Glen Davis
Cliff Finley
Tom Neilson
If anyone else out there in Cyberland would like to come it is held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at C.J.'s on the corner of 3900 So. 9oo E. in Salt Lake. Time 9:00 AM.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Norman L. Vuksinick CASTLE DALE - Norman Lavelle Vuksinick, age 78, passed away July 31, 2012 at Castleview Hospital while surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 12, 1934 in Spring Glen to Martin Albert and Rose Marion Guide Vuksinick. Married Arlene Reva on Aug. 17, 1957 in Helper. Norman worked for Hi-Land Dairy from 1957 to 1966 as a delivery man delivering milk products to many residences in Price. In 1966, he went to work for the Price City Police Department working his way up the ranks from Sergeant to Captain. He was the first Captain for Price City Police Department leaving in 1982 after 16 years of service. In 1982, he went to work for the Emery County Sheriff Office and after 14 years of service retired as a Sergeant in 1996. In addition to serving his community he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Norman cherished the time he spent being with his family. He loved teasing his grandkids, enjoyed camping and always looked forward to Christmas morning with his grandkids. He was enthusiastic about his time with the police force and loved to reminisce about the good old days. He will be missed greatly by all those who knew him. Norman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Arlene, Castle Dale; son, Norman S. (Kathy) Vuksinick, Castle Dale; daughter, Tracy Vuksinick-Wood, Castle Dale; four grandchildren, Casey (Jill) Vuksinick, Price, Stephanie Vuksinick, Price, Amber Wood, Price, Kenny Wood, deployed with the National Guard and one great-grandson, Lucas Case Vuksinick, numerous nieces, nephews and a community of friends. Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Martin L. Vuksinick, and niece, Melanie Vuksinick Hamann. Funeral Mass, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, Noon at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price. Vigil service, Thursday evening 7 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will receive friends at Mitchell Funeral Home in Price Thursday and Friday one hour prior to services. Committal service: Castle Dale City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Norman at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Norman L. Vuksinick (spouse of Arlene Reva) passsed away 31 July 2012. I will post an obit notice as soon as I get one. Wally