Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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Gunnison, UT

Elma Gean Jacobson Peterson, 86, of Gunnison, passed away on October 29, 2015 in Provo, UT. Elma was born on August 14, 1929 in Mayfield, UT to Loyal Peter Erastus and Lydia Fair Thompson Jacobson.

Elma grew up in Mayfield and graduated from Manti High School. She then moved to Gunnison where she worked at the Gunnison Valley Hospital as a nurse along side Dr. Reese. With the help of her friends, she was introduced to Melroy Junior Peterson shortly after he returned from the Navy. They were married in the Manti LDS Temple on January 10, 1949. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. She was a loyal member of the American Legion Auxillary Post #104. When her children got older she worked as a dietitian and cook at the hospital. Elma and Junior enjoyed spending time in the mountains cutting rug rags to create the rugs they wove that are enjoyed by many. She lovingly cared for Junior in the years before his death. She treasured the time spent with her family.

Elma is survived by her children: Keith (Ardella) Peterson; Dale (Nedra) Peterson, both of Gunnison; Rebecca (Steven) Kiesel, of Las Vegas, NV; Patricia Sehorn, of Gunnison; and JoAnn (Ron) Rich, of Ogden. 19 Grandchildren, 39 Great-grandchildren with 1 on the way. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Melroy Junior Peterson; siblings: LaRay Jacobson, Moyal Jacobson, Nelda James and Oras Jacobson; granddaughter, Sheila Kiesel

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gunnison Stake Center. Friends may call on Monday, November 2, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and also prior to services at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Gunnison City Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at


Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

NancyAHopfenbeckNancy A. Hopfenbeck

1943 – 2015

Axtell, Utah – Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Nancy Ann Crowe Hopfenbeck, age 72, of Axtell, passed from this life on October 18, 2015 in Centerfield, Utah.  She was born January 20, 1943 in Ogden, Utah, a daughter of Aaron Bill and Molly Marguriet White Crowe.

She married Clyde Franklin Conley, August 18, 1960 in Brigham City, Utah.  They were later divorced.  She married Ronald Shand Hopfenbeck, August 20 1965 in Ogden, Utah.   He died November 22, 1997.

Nancy worked as a courier for the Gunnison Prison for 14 years.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, doing cross stitch, making jewelry, reading and gardening.  She loved dogs and enjoyed all animals.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Corinne, and her husband, Wallace B. Curtis of Sigurd; grandchildren: Brandon T. Clark of Texas; Kevan R. Clark of Salt Lake City; John F. and Lindsey Clark of Tooele; Michael S. and Phalicia Clark of Sigurd; great-grandsons: James T. Clark and Andrew W. Clark, both of Tooele; and Mason S. Clark of Sigurd; a sister: Anita Oldfield of Ridgecrest, California.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Shand Hopfenbeck; her parents, Molly Margurite White and Aaron Bill Crowe; and a sister, Sheila L. Crowe.

Memorial services will be held at a later date under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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1933 – 2015

Aurora, Utah – Our loving mother and grandmother, Edith LaDella Mellor Shaw,  returned to her Heavenly Home on October 24, 2015 at the age of 81 at her home in Aurora.  LaDella was born December 6, 1933 in Fayette, Utah, a daughter of William James and Ozemba Minerva Pierce Mellor.  She attended Gunnison High School where she was a cheer leader.  In high school, she met her sweetheart, Lynn Devon Shaw.  They were married December 27, 1952 in the Manti LDS Temple.  He died May 9, 2013.

LaDella’s greatest joys were her family, the LDS Church, music and all her many friends.  She and Devon could be found on many Friday or Saturday nights out dancing.  We think she met him in Heaven with her dancing shoes on, ready to dance.  She also enjoyed riding with him around the farm, checking the fields.

LaDella was an active member of the LDS Church, serving as a faithful Visiting Teacher until a few months before her death.  She also served in many callings in the Relief Society and Primary.  Temple attendance was very important to her.  She loved her children and grandchildren and was always delighted to see them.  Her chocolate chip cookies were a favorite at family parties and reunions.

She was employed at the Wisteria Cafe in Gunnison during high school and at Salina Drug for many years.

LaDella is survived by her four sons: Gary Devon and Kathleen Shaw, Michael J. and Nannette Shaw, Troy Rance and Kim Shaw, Robert Cory and Kelsey Shaw, Mary Shaw; and her daughters: Kathy and Steven Emfield, Sonya Lynn and Troy Kartchner; 34 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Devon; a son Craig Shaw; sister and brothers: Faye, Lynn, Ivan and Edwin.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to At-Home Health for their kindness and care.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 30, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in the Aurora 1st LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Thursday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Friday morning from 9:30 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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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

AdaCrawford2 (2)Ada Harriet Crawford

1915 – 2014

Ada Harriet Crawford (nee Osborn) passed away on November 23, 2014 in Sacramento, California where she had recently moved. She was born in the tiny, rural town of Salina, UT on September 9, 1915. After the death of her father, Robert Osborn, Ada and her mother,  Joyce Heath Osborn, went to work for the Mountain Bell telephone company in Salina to support four other siblings, Lee, Eva, Dan, and Rex. Her mother managed the operation while Ada worked as a switchboard operator after school. When her mother remarried Charles Ferguson a few years later, Ada went to business college in Salt Lake City. She learned the office management skills that would serve her later in life.


Returning to Salina, Ada went back to work at the telephone company where she often patched through calls to the CCC camp (Civilian Conservation Corps) that had recently begun work outside of town. The man at the camp who usually took the calls had a particularly nice voice, and as it turned out, was a particularly handsome, 6 foot 7 inch tall, red-headed young man from Mississippi — Melvin (Red) Crawford. The two finally met in person, fell in love, married, and moved to Montgomery, Alabama where Red worked and where they had a son, Charles.


As the Second World War began, work became plentiful in aircraft factories in Southern California.  Ada and Red, along with her sister Eva and brother-in-law Bill and younger brother Dan, all moved to Los Angeles for jobs. While working at  North American Aircraft Red and Ada lived in a small duplex in what is now called the Florence area of LA. Their daughter Patricia was born and they remained in Los Angeles until 1956. They then moved to the City of Orange and Red worked for Buhler Tank & Welding Works. When her children were older, Ada also began work for Buhler as a payroll supervisor. She remained in Orange after Red’s death in 2011, and later moved to Sacramento to be near her son and his family.


In addition to watching her hometown baseball team, the Angels, Ada read voraciously, and was especially fond of the western and detective genres.  Ada dearly loved her family,  grandchildren Jeneane and Colin,  and great-grandchildren, Asa, Owen and Cameron. Also her niece Joyce who predeceased her.  Although she enjoyed the California climate, she expressed a longing to return to her beloved home in Salina. She will be buried in Salina where a grave side memorial service is planned.


Graveside services were held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, October 12, 2015 in the Salina Eastside Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah


Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

KennethReesKenneth B Rees

1924 – 2015

Bicknell, Utah – Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and neighbor: Ken Rees passed peacefully from this life on October 5th, 2015 at his home in Bicknell, Utah with his loving wife and children by his side.

Born in Loa, Utah on January 4th, 1924 to Brigham and Viola Rees, he is the 3rd child of 4; one brother, Spencer, and 2 sisters, Rhoda and Nola Myrl.

Ken married his high school sweetheart, Loyia Torgerson in May of 1943 in the Manti Temple and was serving his Uncle Sam in the US Navy less than a month later. He was drafted into the hospital corps school, completed his medic training and was shipped off to war in the Pacific Theater. On Midway Island in an underground operating room or at Pearl Harbor hospital is where most of his time was spent. He discharged after his service as pharmacist mate 3rd class.

Most of his working life was in the timber business. He loved being in the mountains and being his own boss. He owned and operated the Torgerson sawmill east of town for years. He actually hauled anything from logs, to turkeys to potatoes. His ‘handle’ on the CB radio was “the woodpecker”.

For ten years Ken was County Commissioner and served on the rural health advisory board. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Wayne County Clinic. He sat in leadership positions of the ‘Six County organization’. He made many life-long friends in this capacity. He could, and would visit with anyone. He had a special way about him that was accepting and loving. He made us laugh often and he always loved to hear a new joke – or tell one.

He loved helping others. He was a scout leader for several years and he served in church callings. He and his wife had assignment in the Manti Temple for 14 years. They loved this service and enjoyed the continued friendship of those they met and served with.

Ken loved to be going someplace and having fun. He and Loyia were often gone on some adventure. Many times in the 5th wheel, sometimes on 4wheelers, sometimes with friends and/or family, many times just the two of them. They truly loved each other and showed it every day of their lives.

He is survived by his wife Loyia Rees of Bicknell, children Gaylen Rees (Nancy) of Grover, Kathleen King of Bicknell, Deann Frazier of Bountiful, Lynell Rees of Bountiful, McKay Rees of Aurora, and Connie Rees of Syracuse. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren as well as his 2 sisters and brother-in-law, Rhoda Magleby of Kennewick, Washington, and Nola Myrl (Ted) Christensen of American Fork. A sister-in-law, Luzenia Rees of Salem.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents, his brother Spencer Rees, a brother-in-law Burns Magleby, a daughter-in-law Sandra N. Rees, a son-in-law Ronald Blackburn, and two grandsons Billy Jeffery, and Gerald Rees.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, October 17th in the Thurber LDS Ward Chapel 190 N 200 E Bicknell, Utah. Friends may call for viewing prior to services from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., or on Friday, October 16th from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Springer Turner Funeral Home 260 North 400 West, Richfield, Utah.

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

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Garry Vee Taylor

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015


44bc9707-8213-4375-a1cb-dad0d9199679.jpgxGarry Vee Taylor

October 8 1937-September 13 2015

Garry passed on to heaven on September 13, 2015 peacefully at a local hospital. He will be missed by all that knew him and mourned by those that were blessed to call him friend. His zest for life and determination to care for those he loved is unmatched.

He is preceded in death by his parents-Glen and Novella Taylor and his brother Brent Taylor. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Jan Taylor, his children Scott Taylor, Teresa Rizzo, Russ Taylor and Karrie (Bennett) McCutchen and 6 beautiful grandchildren.

Services will be held at Summers Funeral Home at 1205 Bannock in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday September 22, 2015. Viewing to be held from 11:30-1:00 and Service to begin at 1:30 pm.

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

RueschLeona Spencer Huntsman Ruesch

1934 – 2015
Our beloved mother, grandma, great-grandma, Leona Spencer Huntsman Ruesch passed away on September 20, 2015, in Richfield, Sevier, Utah. For 81 years her honesty, integrity and genuine love and service to others have blessed all who know her. She was born to Austin Jabez and Hannah Elizabeth Price Spencer in Aurora, Sevier, Utah, on August 8, 1934, as the youngest of 11 children. She spent her growing up years in Aurora and graduated from North Sevier High School as the first female student body president and as valedictorian.

She has a natural ability to be creative and enjoyed writing and presenting humorous readings. Her story telling was something her children remember fondly and have shared her stories with their own children. She wrote poetry and later became the newspaper correspondent for the Emery County Progress and The Salina Sun.

On April 2, 1953, Leona was sealed to her lifelong love Evan C. Huntsman in the Manti Utah LDS Temple. They raised their ten children and a Lamanite placement son (for 3 years) in Ferron, Emery, Utah, and Aurora, Sevier, Utah. Evan passed away on November 17, 1977, which left her a widow with eight unmarried children; ages 3-22. Mom devoted her life to her family and was named Mother of the Year in 1978. In 1984 she and her three youngest children moved to Manti to live with her daughter LeAnne and her family. She married Evan Ruesch on July 18, 1989; he passed away on January 8, 1994 at which time she returned to live with LeAnne until LeAnne’s passing on June 4, 2006. She then lived with several of her other children; most recently Loraine of Monroe, Sevier, Utah.

As a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints she served in many callings and especially enjoyed serving in the temple. She loved learning from the Book of Mormon and possessed a quiet but profound faith in and devotion to the Savior.
Leona is survived by her children: EvaLynn (Russell) Holt, currently serving in the Texas Dallas Mission; Leland E (Irene) Huntsman, Tooele; son in-law Jene (Debi) Beal, Bakersfield, California; Elayne (James) Stewart, West Valley City; Loraine (Steve) Barrowman, Monroe; Lisa Beth (Roger) Atkin, Woods Cross; Leon A (Heidi) Huntsman, South Jordan; Emily Kaye (Quinton) Baran, West Valley City; and Lorilee (Taylor) Allred, Cokeville, Wyoming; a brother Forrest Quinn (Sharon) Spencer, Sandy; sisters in-law Evelyn Huntsman, Ferron; and Marjorie Spencer, Chino, California; 43 grandchildren and 56 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; spouses; children: Eric and LeAnne; and siblings: Rosalie, Austin Jabez Jr. “A. Jay,” Alta, Harold Gile, Waldo Arthur, Dortha, Hyrum Lamar, Preston Neil, and Leonard Vee.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Monroe Stake Center, 110 South Main. Friends and family may call Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Magleby Mortuary, 50 South 100 West, Richfield, and at the stake center in Monroe on Saturday 9:00-10:30 a.m. prior to services. Interment at the Aurora Cemetery. On line guest book


Bryant Mickelsen

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Mickelsen.BryantBryant Mickelsen

Redmond, Utah

“Archie” or “Butch”, Bryant Evan Mickelsen, 71, passed away September 13, 2015 at his home in Redmond with his family around him. He was born November 24, 1943 in Salina to Evan Archie and Marjorie L. Lindhardt Mickelsen. He married Linda Lou Shaw, February 8, 1964 in Aurora. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple, October 16, 1967.

After marrying his life long companion and best friend, Linda, they moved to Salt Lake City and started their family.

Bryant worked at Hill Field doing electronics, and after hours and part time, he developed a keen interest in the construction trades while working with his brothers-in-law. In 1972 he established Mickelsen Construction Company and for the next 43 years he would enjoy working with his sons, brothers, nephews, and others. He was a major force in the construction of exceptionally built homes in and around the Sanpete and Sevier valleys. He built community centers and many other structures. His contribution did not end there. He was the driving force in the development and construction of several town veteran memorials as well as two beautiful rock monuments at both ends of his beloved Redmond. “Butch” insisted that memorials were for those who gave their all… not for those who contributed to the project in any way. His way of thinking was to provide the service, get others to freely contribute and stay out of the lime light as much as possible.

Family was “Pop’s” first priority. He loved driving his team of horses to elk camp with “The Guys” and taking his family to the annual “Squatters Campout” Mickelsen Family Reunion. He was respected and loved by many.

He is survived by his wife of Redmond; children, Garyn (Angela) Mickelsen, Redmond; Alesha (Mark) Johnson, Salina; Nichole (Corey) Thurston, Redmond; Kevin (Heidi) Mickelsen, Salina; and Joby (Starli) Mickelsen, Salina; 16 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson with one on the way; siblings: LaVona Peterson, Sandy; Beth (Jarl) Klungervik, St. George; Maylen (Nikki) Mickelsen, Redmond; Marla (Paul) Frischknecht, Gunnison; Tamra Hardman, Riverton; Rick (Kathy) Mickelsen, Redmond.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Roger Peterson.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 12:00 Noon in the Redmond 2nd LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Redmond on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 or on Friday from 10:00 to 11:30. Burial will be in the Redmond Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guest book


Frances T. Nielson

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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1933 – 2015

Centerfield, Utah – Our kind and beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Frances Faye Taylor Nielson, age 82, passed away in Provo, Utah on Sunday September 6, 2015. after sustaining injuries from a fall in her home.  She was born February 27, 1933 in Altha, Florida, a daughter of William Frank and Louie Vilante Stanford Taylor.  She was the youngest of three children born to them.

At age 14, she came to Utah, all alone, seeking to live in the land of Zion to be with and study more about the LDS religion of which she was already a member and loved so much.

She graduated from Jordan High School and went on to graduate from LDS Business College, where she met and married Robert Clair Bown in 1952 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  They had 3 children and later divorced.  She then married Ira J. Nielson on June 17, 1965 in Salt Lake City. They then had one child together.  Their marriage was later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple on June 17, 2004.   Ira preceded her in death on August 17, 2013.

She is survived by her children: Connie and James Eldridge of Westminster, California; Rob and Shari Bown of Richfield; Blaine and Claudia Nielson of Axtell; Kent and Kantima Bown of Midvale; Michael Nielson of St. George; Mary Maes of Richfield; Rachel Nielson and Teena Snyder of Centerfield; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ira;  a grandson, Justin Lynn Bown; a brother, Vance Taylor and a sister, Lucille Dworak.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. in the Axtell lst LDS Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. or Wednesday morning from 11:00 to 12:30 prior to the services.

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

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Pauline Davis Hardy

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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1929 – 2015

Salina, Utah – Our warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, Pauline Davis Hardy, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 4, 2015 in Salina, Utah at her home with her family by her side.
She was born July 25, 1929 in Layton, Utah. A daughter of Oliver Paul and May Davis. She married her sweetheart, Robert Hardy June 24, 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Pauline was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served in many callings including Second Counselor in the Stake Relief Society, Relief Society President, Primary President, and many more. She served her Heavenly Father honorably.

Her passions in life were sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, and genealogy. She also enjoyed singing in the church choir, and performing compassionate service.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert Hardy of Salina; her daughters: Laura (Rocky) Williams of Salina; Cindy (Gregory) Noyes of West Jordan; Heather (Jeremy) Durrant of Payson; her sons: Robert Bubba Hardy of Henderson, Nevada; Gregory (Pris) Hardy of Clinton; Douglas John Hardy of Las Vegas, Nevada; Blain (Gwenaley) Hardy of Ephraim; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren who were the light of her life; a brother Warren (Laurette) Davis of Riverton; many sister-in-laws, brother-in laws, and nieces and nephews.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter Shirlene Hardy; a son-in-law Gregory Noyes; 4 brothers: Robert, Vaughen, Mick, and Thomas Davis; a sister Carolyn Davis.

Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in the Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery 6500 Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah. Friends may call for viewing 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday evening at the Springer Turner Funeral Home, 150 East Main, Salina, Utah.

Services are under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina.

The family would like to extend a a special thank you to At Home Health of Salina for the loving care they gave our mom. Thank you for your compassion and kindness!

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