Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Allen W. Milbury

1931 – 2015

Aurora, Utah –  Allen Wendell Milbury, 84, died August 11, 2015 at his home in Aurora.  He will be remembered as someone who filled his life with a passion for learning.

He was born May 5, 1931 in Beverly, Maine, the oldest son of Arthur Rupert and Elinor Frances Hawes Milbury. As a New Englander, he valued self-reliance and common sense. He founded and directed the Instructional Technology program at the University of Southern Maine and as an Associate Professor, encouraged thousands of students to pursue advanced degrees and diverse careers across the globe.

A graduate of Hampton High School (Class of 1950) in Hampton, NH, he went on to serve in the US Army during the Korean War. After his Army service he attended the General Motors Institute in Michigan and became a Service Manger for the Hampton, NH Pontiac dealership. He then attended the University of New Hampshire, earning a BS in Geology in 1960 and an MS, Ed.S and Ph.D in Education from Indiana University (IU), finishing in 1969. He was most proud of his “Order of the Grinding Gears” Degree, awarded by professors and peers at IU.

He married Mary Chapman in Exeter, New Hampshire and together they raised two daughters.

After retirement, he was a recreation guard on Boulder Mountain for the Dixie National Forest and an EMT for 13 years in Gorham, ME. One of his many interests was restoring antique trucks, resurrecting them from rusty junk to beautiful and reliable working vehicles. His 1941 International pickup was a welcome sight across the nation at American Truck Historical Society shows.

He was unsurpassed in his ability to remember people, places and names, often making connections among complete strangers at a truck stop, restaurant or gas station. He had at least one friend in every state and never missed an opportunity to pay a visit, even if it meant driving 400 or more miles out of the way. Known for an incredible array of talents, skills and knowledge, perhaps his most welcome challenge was to be handed anything broken and return it repaired and better than new. From precision machine work to welding to engine repair, Allen never met a mechanical problem he couldn’t solve.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Milbury of Aurora, UT; daughters Linda Milbury Chappell (George) of Aurora, UT and Janet Milbury Borg (Bob Palin) of Cedar City, UT; sisters Barbara Waldron (John) of Ashford, CT, Carol Milbury of Newmarket, NH, brother Donald Milbury (Mertie) of Chestnut Hill, MA, sister Elinor Bailey (Harold) of Hyde Park, VT, brother Frank Milbury (Kathleen) of Ashford, CT, sister Gayle Szydlo (Steve) of Hampton Falls, NH; and grandchildren, Kate Chappell (Dustin Oyler) and Wade Chappell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law, John Waldron, and sister-in-law, Mertie Milbury.

At his request, no services will be held.

Cards and remembrances of Allen may be sent to Mary Milbury, PO Box 461, Aurora, UT 84620.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Allen’s name may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization, c/o Art Vanderlinden, 2296 Surrey Rd. Taylorsville, UT, 84129. Donations are tax-deductible.

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

150 Burke 85 B-day-2013 1950 (ca) Burke Vernal Bastian - Air ForceBurke V. Bastian

1928 – 2015

Vermillion, Utah – Burke Vernal Bastian walked away from his Vermillion home toward Heaven early in the morning on August 15, 2015, at the age of 87.  He was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 1996, but lived his normal busy lifestyle on his farm until last November.  Beginning in December, Burke began fighting his last battle, which became increasingly difficult as the days and the weeks passed. Even when he was in debilitating pain, he never lost his kind and gentle nature, always thanking anyone who did anything to help him, and he often joked with those who cared for him along the way.


With his gentle, unassuming manner, and his indefatigable work ethic, Burke touched everyone who knew him. He treated everyone as an equal and never forgot what it was like to be a child, a trait that delighted his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, because they always had someone to play with, hunt with, fish with, or work with, and all the while listening to Burke’s captivating stories. He never considered himself an especially literate person, but he was a born storyteller and filled the lives of his family and friends with rich stories from the past that sparkled with humor. He was great at making funny faces, too, as he entertained the kids – both little and grown.


A devout and faithful member of the LDS Church, Burke served in many callings including: counselor in three different Bishoprics, financial clerk for about 20 years, Sunday School teacher, and as the Young Men’s President at the age of 70. He had an unwavering faith in the gospel, and lived his life with impeccable integrity. The young people who were lucky enough to work with him enjoyed learning the gospel because of his ability to make difficult topics clear, and they loved being with Burke.


He was born May 1, 1928 in Vermillion, a son of Vernal and Sadie Payne Bastian. As a boy, he enjoyed trapping muskrats, and he sold the hides and carefully saved his money to purchase his first 20 acres of farm land at age 17. He also enjoyed raising pigeons, and hunting and fishing with his dad. He graduated from Richfield High School, Class of 1946. He served for two years in the Eastern States Mission in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee, and served his country in the United States Air Force. He always had a fierce love for his country, the Founding Fathers, and the constitution—a document he knew almost as well as the LDS scriptures he could quote at great length.

He served as Mayor of Sigurd Town for 8 years. He also served as Secretary for the Vermillion Irrigation Company for many years.

Burke married the love of his life, Irelta Mae Blau, October 15, 1954 in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. She died February 11, 1994. Together they raised six children, each of whom also married in the temple.


He is survived by his children: Bonnie and Steven Moore of Logan; Jolene and Ed Robbins of Alton; Bevan Vern and Gay Bastian of Axtell; Eric Douglas and Julie Bastian of Twin Falls, Idaho; Nolan Dee and Vicky Bastian of Sigurd; Tammy and Brent Low of South Jordan; 28 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters and brother: LaRee Balle and Alma Bastian, both of Sigurd; and Sharon Hone of American Fork.


Burke’s family would like to especially thank Dane Houston, Sigurd, who has volunteered countless hours to keep the Bastian farm doing during Burke’s illness. Their gratitude also goes to Cathy Thalman Blood, who provided Burke with kind and competent hospice care in his final days.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernal and Sadie Bastian; his beloved wife, Irelta; and two sisters: Rae Kreutzer and Ruth Bastian.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in the Sigurd LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Richfield, Friday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or at the ward chapel in Sigurd, Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the services.

Burial with military honors accorded by the VFW Sevier Post #5050 and the United States Air Force will be in the Vermillion Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.


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Thursday, August 13th, 2015

WendellChappell2Wendell H. Chappell

1926 – 2015

Lyman, Utah – Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Wendell Holden Chappell, age 88, of Lyman, passed away August 5, 2015 in Centerfield, after a long, active life of hard work, love and service.  He was the rock and foundation of our family and will be greatly missed.

Wendell was born September 9, 1926 in Lyman, Utah, a son of William Lamont and Lenora Belle Cook Chappell.  He was the thirteenth child of fourteen children, losing six of his siblings in infancy.  His father taught him to be a cowboy and took him riding all over the mountains, bareback of course, and he knew every inch of them.  He especially loved Thousand Lake Mountain.  He grew up learning the great value of hard work, along with his love for fishing, hunting and playing basketball.  Wendell graduated from Wayne High school, Class of 1944, and went on to Snow College in Ephraim, but was drafted into the army in March of 1945.  He was first row of the occupation troops to enter Tokyo, Japan, after the war.  Wendell’s kind and loving soul was heart sick with the destruction and starvation he saw.  Wendell says of his time in the service, “We honored our flag twice everyday and learned to appreciate our great country.  I don’t claim to have done anything.  I just put in my time and this great country is welcome to my time.”  Wendell loved his home and never wanted to leave Lyman after he returned from the war.

He married Burla Shurtz on February 22, 1949 in the Manti LDS Temple and they made their home in Lyman.  Together, they raised four children.

Wendell loved his farm and worked hard to take care of it and his family.  He served valiantly in the LDS Church and in the community.  He enjoyed being a lifetime member of the American Legion, where he served as Chaplain for many years; Wayne County Commissioner and Wayne County Sheriff, a position he held with honor as his father and grandfather were also sheriff of Wayne County.

Wendell served, alongside his wife, Burla, a work mission in Albert Canada, but his most rewarding and enjoyable times were spent working in the Manti Temple for 8 years, being an assistant supervisor and then supervisor.

His pride and joy was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He loved his family get togethers and never left without singing, “Hail, hail, the gang’s all here”.

Wendell is survived by his beloved wife, Burla of Lyman; children: Beth and Kirtley Jensen, Alice and Bruce Christenson, all of Gunnison; Douglas Chappell of High Level, Alberta, Canada; Jeanette and Dan Taylor of Bicknell; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law: Joe L Christensen; his parents; 9 brothers and 4 sisters: William LaVon Chappell, Nora Lefollen Chappell, Geneva Belle Chappell, Wanda LaVell Chappell, David Grant Chappell, Lloyd Bybee Chappell, Woodrow Chappell, Farrell Lamont Chappell, Austin Whitney Chappell, Olive Beth Chappell, Kennard Dean Chappell, Merrill Joshua Chappell, and George Newell Chappell

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. in the Lyman LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Monday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Tuesday morning from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.

Burial with military honors accorded by the Harold Brown American Legion Post #92 and the Utah honor Guard will be in the Lyman Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Betty J. Miller

BettyLMiller1932 – 2015

Salina, Utah – Betty Jean Long Miller, our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully after a valiant and courageous fight  with cancer,  on July 28th, at her daughter’s home in Salina at the age of 83.   She was born on June 22, 1932 to Vernon Keith Long and Luella Chamberlain Long and was so grateful to be born on her mother’s birthday.  She graduated Class

of 1950 from North Sevier High School.  She married Henrie L Miller Sr. on October 9, 1953, in the Manti LDS Temple.  Together they had seven  fantastic children.  She worked many jobs throughout her life – the Sewing Plant in Manti, Utah; Librarian for both the Bookmobile and the Children’s Library in Danville, Illinois.  Then in Salina, Utah she worked at the Pamela Movie Theater , R & R  Furniture Store and Shaheen’s Best Western .  She always put her children first and loved spending time with them.  She was an angel here among us and her children will forever cherish her and her unconditional love.  She enjoyed fishing, camping, shopping (especially on QVC), helping others,  and traveling.  She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She really loved the gospel  and was such a great example to so many. She always made you feel like you could do anything.   She held many callings throughout her life; she especially loved visiting teaching and getting to know and visit each one of the sisters.  She will be missed beyond what words can possibly express.   We love you mom.!!!!

She is survived by her children, Linda Fry, Lana (Marv) Christensen, Henrie L. (Lisa) Miller, Vernon (Lori) Miller, RoseAnn (Brent) Anderson, Mark (Tami) Miller, Ruth Milne (her favorite child), 28 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, siblings: Luann (Greg) Abbott, Dorothy (Gary) Gorman, John Long, Carolyn (Ron) Moosman.  Preceded in death by her parents, sister, Delores Long, brother Keith Long, grandchildren, Justin Henrie Fry, Sheridan Nicolle Miller, great granddaughter Tylie Ann Peterson.

The family would like to sincerely thank all of the doctors, nurses, family members, and friends who have helped take care of our sweet mom.  A very special thanks to Shara for the exceptional love and care she gave our wonderful loving mom.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. in the Salina 3rd LDS Ward Chapel, 85 South 100 East in Salina.  Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, Saturday morning from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Pioneer Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

RulonMillerRulon Miller

1936 – 2015

Redmond, Utah – Rulon Laird Miller, age 79, died July 26, 2015 at his home in Redmond, surrounded by his loving family.  He was born June 18, 1936 in Twin Falls, Idaho, a son of Elezar and Carmen Holland Miller.  Rulon joined the US Army in 1954 and served as a paratrooper and cook.  In January of 1955 he married Betty Ann Bean in Twin Falls.  In June of 1959 they were baptized into the LDS Church and sealed their marriage in the St. George LDS Temple in May of 1963.

After the military, Rulon attended Heavy Equipment School in Idaho and spent his livelihood in related jobs, including working for WW Clyde Construction Company, he owned and operated his own semi-truck,  and  after 19 years at UDOT in Salina and Richfield, he retired in 2005.   After retiring, he drove Hot Shot Deliveries for another 5 years.

Rulon’s love was airplanes and his joy was giving first airplane rides to kids of all ages.  In his lifetime, he owned 6 airplanes, 4 of which were homebuilt and one bi-plane that he built.

Rulon is survived by his loving wife, Betty, of Redmond; sons: Timothy and Barbara Miller of Redmond; Harvey and Carol Miller of Hesperia, California; daughter: Bonnie and Masato Kumangai of South Jordan; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brother: Michael Kent and Ruth Miller of Idaho; sister: Jackie and Brian Williamson of West Valley City.

He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother: Elezar and Vivetta Miller and his mother, Carmen Miller.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in the Redmond 1st LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Friday evening from 6 to 8 P.M . or Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 prior to the services.

Burial with military honors accorded by the Redmond American Legion Post #118 and the Utah Honor Guard will be in the Redmond City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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Redmond, Utah – Merrill C. Hampton, age 88, of Redmond, passed away peacefully in Gunnison, Utah, on July 15, 2015.

Merrill was born July 26, 1926 in Joseph, Utah to Charles and Una Christina Dorius Hampton.  He was the middle child, a twin, and the only boy of nine children.  He grew up in Marysvale, Utah.  He enjoyed a family that worked, played, and worshiped together.  The family didn’t have access to coal, so Merrill and his dad had to gather enough wood to last the whole winter.  He learned the value of hard work and business at a very young age.  He raised sheep in 4-H and turkeys to make money when he was young.

Merrill graduated from Marysvale High School, class of 1944.  He was drafted into the United States Navy in November of 1944.  World War II ended in 1945 and he finished his military service in August of 1946.  When he came home from the Navy, his family had moved from  Marysvale to Redmond and his dad was farming.  Merrill helped his dad on the farm and grew to love it.  He has been farming ever since.  While he farmed he, he worked at various other places at the same time.  He worked at the sugar beet factory, the turkey plant in Salina, the carrot plant in Sigurd, Albert Poulson’s Salt Mine, he milked cows, Redmond City, and he did roof bolting for ABC and loaded train cars for SUFCO coal mine.

He married the love of his life, Fay Bouvang, in the Manti LDS Temple, November 2, 1951.  Merrill and Fay lived their entire married life in Redmond, Utah where they were blessed with four children.  They enjoyed working together, family holiday get-togethers, and family dinners on Sunday.  In, 1982, Merrill and his sons, Keith and Kevin, went into the dairy business and created Hampton Farming and Livestock.  Merrill and Fay were both known for their dedication and hard work.

Merrill was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He served in various church callings, but the one he loved the most was serving in the nursery.  He loved the children and the children loved him.  He also was a faithful home teacher.  Merrill and Fay served as temple workers in the Manti, Utah Temple. They also served a mission at the Sigurd Bishop’s Storehouse.

Merrill was a member of the American Legion Post 118.  He served as the Adjutantfor his post for many years.  He received an award from the American Legion in 2009 for 60 years of continuous membership and now has been a member for 66 years.  Merrill and Fay were the recipients of the Utah Commission of Marriage, “Gold Medal Marriage Recognition” award in February 2008.

Merrill loved his wife and family.  They meant the world to him.  His life was turned upside down when his beloved Fay passed away just 7 weeks ago and their reunion in Heaven had to be a joyous one.  He loved to have his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren around him and he cherished their visits. He loved being outside and working in the yard or polishing his car.  Even being tethered to oxygen, you could find him chopping weeds and watering or cleaning up his yard.  He truly was a good example to all who knew him.

Merrill is survived by his children: Keith and Patsy Hampton, Terri Lyn and Burke Williams, all of Redmond, Cynthia and Marlin Mason of Ephraim, and daughter-in-law: Nancy Hampton of Redmond; 4 sisters, Luella Kralka of California, Anna Fae and Willis Hales of Redmond, Della Rae and Neldon Peterson of Salt Lake, and Leila Crane of Salina; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren.

Merrill was preceded in death by his wife Fay Bouvang Hampton, his son Kevin Hampton; his parents Charles and Una Hampton; sisters (twin) Merle Roberts, Nelda Behunin, Vaunda Colby, and Ruby Hampton

Merrill’s family extend thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the EMT’s, Utah Valley trauma team, doctors, and nurses and Naomi (an angel), Doctor Jensen, the nurses and staff at Gunnison Valley Hospital, and Gunnison Hospice, for the love and tender care they extended to Dad and our family during the past weeks.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 12:00 noon in the Redmond 1st LDS Ward Chapel, 310 West 100 North.  There will be a viewing Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Springer Turner Funeral Home Funeral Home, 150 East Main in Salina or Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., prior to the services at the Redmond Ward Chapel in Redmond.  Interment will be in the Redmond City Cemetery under the care of the Springer turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Ronald Durrant obitRonald Craig Durrant


Ronald Craig Durrant, age 81, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2015 at his home in Cedar City, Utah, surrounded by his loved ones, after a short battle with cancer. Ron was born in Castle Gate, Utah on July 10, 1934 to R.L. and Brittania Craig Durrant. Then the family moved to Cedar City, Utah when Ron was one year old.

He married Rose Marie Williams on July 10, 1954 in the St. George Temple. She passed away on July 24, 1955. Then he met and fell in love with Lorea Stewart. They were married on September 11, 1956 in the Salt Lake Temple. He was member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When Ron was a young man, he left his senior year of high school to join the US Navy. He was based out of Hawaii and served for 3 ½ years. After completing his service with the Navy, Ron returned to Utah to finish his high school education. He then attended college in Cedar City and enjoyed playing football there. After college, Ron started a business over 50 years ago. It was called Ron’s Auto Accessories. After a year or two, the name was changed to Ron’s Sporting Goods where hunting supplies and fishing equipment were added. The store was very small, so to make space for baseball, basketball, football equipment, shoes, boots, Levis, Wrangles and outerwear, the first of three additions were built. Later on, Ron added the Honda Showroom. The store of Ron’s Sporting Goods had many faces. One of the two of the most remembered was the Deer Hunting Season where people came from many different states to buy licenses and hunting supplies. There were usually seven or eight employees, but for the hunting season, there were 17 or more employees because the store was opened 24 hours before the hunt started. There was always smiles to be found along with many bake sales and sourdough bread. As soon as the hunting season was over, the store was turned into the famous Toyland. You could find dolls, Tonka trucks, cars, games, stuffed animals, wagons, and much more. Then the store was turned back to the Sporting Goods after the first of the year. Ron’s Sporting Goods was a legacy of love and family for many around. Ron will be greatly missed.

Ron is survived by his wife, Lorea Durrant, four daughters: Lesa (Bill) Kesner, Vickie (Kenneth) Urie, Alene (Thomas) Laursen and Ronda (Daren) Draper; 22 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and sister, Deanna Norton. He is preceded in death by his parents, RL and Brittania Craig Durrant, brother, Roy Durrant and grandson, Cody James Davis.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Lyn, Dr. Corry and David Cowley, the nurses and staff at the Cancer Center. Also, to Bonnie Perkins and Ethan Bunker and most of all to Vickie Urie for keeping the store going for Dad.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the LDS Cedar Stake Center (155 East 400 South, Cedar City, Utah). A viewing will be held on Friday, July 17, 2015  from 5-7 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 North 300 West, Cedar City, Utah) and on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 11:30 am-12:30 pm at the LDS Cedar Stake Center. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be made at



Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


helenHelen Lorraine Jensen Willardson, 90, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2015 at the home of her daughter Sheila Riley, surrounded by family. She was born on July 7, 1925 in Salina, UT and was the first of three children to Rulon & Mabel Jensen. She married Arnold Willardson on December 10, 1947 and they were later sealed in the Manti Temple.

She lived in Redmond, UT most of her life, where she raised her two children, Sheila Riley & Bob Willardson. During her life she worked in the banking field, which included quite a number of years at the First State Bank of Salina. She also served in many church positions in her LDS ward.

Helen loved her family and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and kept many of those memories dear to her heart. She was a great daughter, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend and she will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold; siblings, Dale Jensen and Melba Wilden; as well as granddaughters Lisa Willardson and Amber Willardson.

The family would like to thank the staff at Rocky Mountain Hospice for all their care and concern during the last few months of Helen’s life, especially Nateé Brooke and Sheila.

Her funeral will be held in Redmond, UT at the chapel on 310 W 100 N on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm. A viewing will be held prior to the service at the same location from 11:30 to 12:30. She will be buried in the Redmond Cemetery.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

LarryPCosbyLarry P. Cosby

1937 – 2015

Aurora, Utah – Our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, Larry Powell Cosby, age 78, of Aurora, passed was July 17, 2015 in Centerfield, Utah.  He was born June 19, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, a son of Melvin Powell and Dora Angle Cosby.  He graduated from Escondido High School, Class of 1955.  He married Gail Jean Major, December 3, 1955 in Escondido, California.  They were later divorced.  He married Leila Meregillano, November 18, 2005 in Escondido, California.  They were later divorced.

Larry was a member of the LDS Church, where he served as the Explorer Scout Leader and in the High Priest Group Presidency.

He was a Sevier County EMT for 12 years, served on the Aurora Fire Department  and served as Mayor of Aurora City for 12 years.   He loved serving his community. He owned and operated Aurora Welding Shop in Aurora for many years.

Larry loved to go fishing and enjoyed antique cars.  In his early years, he loved to go backpacking in the Sierra Mountains.

Larry is survived by his children: Debra Cosby of Ogden; Larry (DeEtte) Cosby, Sandra (Bruce) Malmgren, all of Aurora; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a brother: James (Barbara) Cosby, and a sister-in-law: Luella (Howard) Lewis, all of Aurora; his mother-in-law: Winona Cataline of Centerfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Lee Cosby; 2 nieces and 1 nephew.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to At Home Health Care and Hospice and Mission at Community Care Center and Assisted Living for all of their tender care of our dear Dad.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in the Aurora 1st LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Monday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 prior to the services.

Burial will be in the Aurora City Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Gurney.KennethKenneth “Ken” Roland Gurney, 79, our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully in his home in Lost Creek on July 11, 2015. Ken was born on December 26, 1935 in Provo, Utah to Francis J. and Anna LaVerde Scorup Gurney.

Ken graduated from North Sevier High School in 1954. He was active in Future Farmers of America and received the State Farmer and American Farmer awards. He earned his pilot’s license. Ken then attended Snow College and Brigham Young University. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Ken was an active member of the LDS Church. He married Janice Barney on September 20, 1957 in the Manti Temple. Together they raised four children. Jan passed away on March 11, 2013.

Ken received the Utah Young Farmer of the Year award in 1961. He enjoyed participating at local stock shows and later enjoyed watching and supporting his children and grandchildren. He was involved in the family livestock operation.

Ken enjoyed summers staying in the Scout Cabin at Niotche and the Sweet Water Rider’s Camp, and winters on the West Desert. Ken was also an owner of Gurney Trucking, Inc. and enjoyed working with his family on a daily basis.

Ken is survived by his children: Alan (Vicki) Gurney, Lost Creek; Ann (Jim) Shaw, Aurora; Scott (Jodi) Gurney, Aurora; Brett (Cindy) Gurney, Saratoga Springs; 13 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers, John Gurney, Boyd (Judith) Gurney; sister, Kathleen (Steve) Mohan; foster sister, Mary Lou Miller.

Also preceded in death by parents; grandson, Seth Gurney; sister, Alene Eisel; sister-in-law, Ralphenia Gurney.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Aurora LDS 2nd Ward Chapel, where friends may call Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. or Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Aurora City Cemetery with military rites by the Salina American Legion Post #36. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at