Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

 Joy Burgess

1929 – 2017

Our beloved mother, grandmother,  great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend Colleen Joy Simper Adams Burgess, age 88, returned home to our Heavenly Father on Monday, June 5, 2017, in Richfield, Utah.

Joy was born on April 1, 1929 in Salina, Utah. She was a daughter of Leland William and Alta May Bjerregaard Simper. She was a descendent of hardy, hard working pioneer stock. Her grandfather having crossed the plains himself. She attended North Sevier High School and graduated with the class of 1947. She married Dean L. Adams on June 14, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on August 12, 1994 in Manti, Utah. Dean died on September 2, 1974. She married Roe G. Burgess on January 11, 1977 in Ely, Nevada. He died on May 20, 2007.

Joy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she held various callings. She was also a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She was the Post Master in Loa for many years and a member of the National Association of Post Masters of the United States.

She was excellent at crocheting and tatting, and won multiple blue ribbons and trophies at the Wayne County Fair and the Utah State Fair. She was a great cook and made the best pies, cookies and candies. She also enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish.

Joy was a generous person. It was impossible to visit her house without being fed, or being served a Coke. She was a great mother who rather than raise her voice, would give a look to a child or adult child that would instantly put them back in line. She loved her family and was greatly loved in return. She  will be dearly missed.

She was survived by her daughters: Glorial A. Swaim of Richfield; Mary Lee and Brent Jensen of Redmond; Cathy A. and Robert Boyter of Redmond; her sisters Leta and Roger Grimm of Kearns; Doris Nightingale of Midvale; Ellen Russell of Cleveland; Ardath Sheriff of Saratoga Springs; 16 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Joy was preceded in death by both of her parents and husbands; her brothers: Verl Lamarr Simper; Thomas Simper; her sister Betty Elton; a step-daughter Nola Graham; a step-grandson Kody West.

Funeral Services will  be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield. Friends may call for viewing Monday night from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. or from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. prior to services.

Burial will be at 2:30 P.M.  in the Loa Cemetery Loa, Utah, the same day as the service. Services are under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Scott A. Thorsen

1970 – 2017

West Valley City/Salina, Utah – Our kind and beloved husband, dad, son and brother, Scott Allen Thorsen, age 46, returned home to his Heavenly Father, surrounded by his loved ones on May 5, 2017 at his home in West Valley City, after a brave and valiant battle with cancer.

He was born October 21, 1970 in Richfield, Utah, a son of Eric Allen and Judy Howell Thorsen.

Scott graduated from Richfield High School, Class of 1989.  He attended UVSC, NTID (National Institute For The Deaf) and Salt Lake Community College, where he graduated with a “Network Engineer (MCSE)” Certificate.

He married the love of his life, Halerie Anne Cleveland, May 21, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Scott was an active member of the LDS Church.  He served an American Sign Language Stateside Mission in Knoxville, Tennessee; Columbus, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.  He served as an Assistant Scout Master and as a Home Teacher.

Scott had a deep love for his wife and son, Travis.  Travis was his pride and joy. Scott and Halerie had a relationship based on love, trust and mutual understanding.  A reserved man, Scott had a firm belief in people learning American Sign Language (ASL).

Scott enjoyed air shows, hunting, computer networking and technology, car shows, watching true documentary movies, martial arts action movies and Big Macs!

Scott is survived by his beloved wife, Halerie and their son, Travis, both of West Valley City; parents, Allen and Judy Thorsen of Salina; sister, Rebecca (Douglas) Spencer of Cedar City; 1 nephew and 3 nieces.

He is preceded in death by two older brothers; and grandparents: Harry and Midge Thorsen, Albert and LeOra Howell.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Salt Lake Valley 2nd ASL Ward, 6250 South 2200 West in Taylorsville, 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.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12 Noon in the Salina Eastside Cemetery.  Friends may call for viewing at the Salina LDS Stake Center, 98 West 400 North in Salina, Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 prior to the graveside.

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

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Phyllis Nielsen

1935 – 2017

Salina, Utah – Our dear wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Phyllis Afton Campbell Nielsen, age 82, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of April 24, 2017 at her home in Salina.  She was born March 5, 1935 in Bingham Fort, Utah, a daughter of Charles Raymond and Afton Lemmon Campbell.  She was married to Don Shephard and divorced; married to Merrill Wilson and divorced; married Robert Nielsen.

Phyllis was a talented artist and seamstress.  She operated her own business “Phyllis’ Fashions for Girls” in Pleasant Grove where she made many of the dresses she sold there.  She was also know for her quilts and started a business in Salina.  Sas she became unable to quilt, she donated her fabric to be made into hundreds of quilts which were delivered world-wide.  As an avid reader, Phyllis enjoyed learning new things.

Phyllis worked many years for the Department of Work Force Services.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of Salina; children: Boyd Wilson, Julie Poulson; Ryand and Rosamary Wilson; Jerrilynn Wilson; Merilee Wilson and Lark Wilson; step-children: Kent and Genie Nielsen; Mark and Mary Nielson; Blake and Jill Nielsen; Burke and Angela Nielson; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; siblings: Lynn and LeAnn Southam; Les and Nancy Southam; Jeanie and Larry Walker; Kurt and Jeanne Southam.

She was preceded in death by her father: Charles Raymond Campbell; her mother: Afton Lemmon Campbell Southam Hickman; siblings: Elizabeth Campbell Nielsen; Norma Campbell Anderson McBride; Stephen Southam; Dean Southam: Hal (Lee) Southam.

Phyllis’ family will gather in May to celebrate her life.

Funeral Directors: Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Robert Hardy

1932 – 2017

Salina, Utah – Robert LeRoy Hardy, age 85, passed away on April 18, 2017 in his home with family by his side.

He was born January 19, 1932 in Wymore, Nebraska. The son of Roy James and Margie Violet Lund Hardy.

He met the love of his life Pauline Davis while stationed with the US Air Force in Tooele, Utah. They married June 24, 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple. She passed away on September 4, 2015 after 60 years of marriage.

Bob was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he served faithfully in various callings.

He served four years in the Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the war he went back to school where he trained as a Diesel Mechanic, and he and Pauline soon begin raising family. In 1972 he moved his family to Salina, Utah where he worked for, then later managed and owned Midway Diesel.

Bob was active in the community. He was a member of the Salina Lions Club, and he served with the Salina American Legion Post #36 for many years.

He is survived by his daughters: Laura (Rocky) Williams of Salina; Cynthia (Gregory deceased) Noyes of West Jordan; Heather (Jeremy) Durrant of Payson; his sons: Robert “Bubba” Hardy of Henderson, Nevada; Gregory (Pris) Hardy of Clinton; Douglas Hardy of Las Vegas, Nevada; Blain (Gwenaley) Hardy of Ephraim; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters: Phyllis Bear of Wymore, Nebraska; Wilma Philippi of Central Valley, Nebraska.

Bob was preceded in death by both of his parents; his wife Pauline Davis Hardy; his daughter Shirlene Hardy; son-in-law Gregory Noyes; his sister Margie Williams; his parent-in-laws Oliver Paul and May Davis; his brother-in-laws: Robert Davis; Vaughen Davis; Mick Davis; Thomas Davis; sister-in-law Carolyn Davis.

Graveside services with military honors provided by the Hill Air force Base Honor Guard and American Legion Members from the Layton, Utah area will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Redwood Memorial Estates Cemetery, 6500 Redwood Road Taylorsville, Utah. Friends and family may call for viewing from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday April 23, 2017 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, Utah.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to At Home Health of Salina, and the Central Utah VA Home in Payson for the loving care given to their father.

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Lillian Simper Reichert

1923 – 2017

Lillian Reichert passed away surrounded by family on January 18, 2017 in Grass Valley, California. She was 93 years young.

Lillian was born December 23, 1923 at home in Salina, Utah, a daughter of George and Bertha Simper. Lillian had nine sisters and one brother.  After graduating High School from North Sevier High School in 1942 she joined the Navy Waves. Lillian was a WWII Veteran and served as a teletype operator from 1944-1946. On June 25, 1948 she married Ronald O. Reichert and was a mother of two sons and one daughter.

Lillian loved to dance, she was in a tap dance club in high school. She also loved playing golf, reading, canning and was an avid gardener. Learning to quilt at the age of 80 she had been donating her quilts to the children hospitals in Utah and CA. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She has resided in Grass Valley, California the past three years.

Her great sense of humor, wonderful attitude, and a loving mother will be greatly missed.

She is survived by sons: Jerry Reichert of Blodgett, Oregon, Doug Reichert and daughter Deborah Murnan, both of Grass Valley, California; two sisters Nell and Carol; eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the Salina Eastside Cemetery.  Friends may call for viewing at the Springer Turner Funeral Home in Salina, Saturday one hour prior to the services.

Burial with military honors accorded by the Salina American Legion Post #36 and the United States Navy Honor Guard will be in the Eastside Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017


1946 – 2017

Salina, Utah – Karen Evalene Wootton Summarell, age 70, our Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, and Friend passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Karen was born on November 24, 1946 at the Park City Miners Hospital.  The daughter of Reed and Katie Evelyne Wootton.  She grew up in Park City, Utah and attended Park City High School, Class of 1965.  Park City is also where she met her forever sweetheart and husband of 54 years, Samuel Thomas Summarell, whom she married on February 23, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Karen was survived by her beloved husband Samuel Summarell of Salina; her children: Lori J. Bagely of Jackson, Wyoming, Reese and Misty  Summarell of Salina; Joleen Summarell of West Jordan; Marty and Kate Summarell of Salina; her grandchildren: Braydon Summarell; Derek Bagley; Zach Summarell; Destrie Sorensen; Brooklyn Harrington; Jaden Summarell; Oakley Bagley; Taya Summarell; Jasmine Summarell; Brittania Summarell; great-grandchildren: Deken, Ryder, Lincoln, Carter, Kaydence, and Evalene. Her brother and sister: Keith and Mary Wootton of Roosevelt; Gloria Porter of Aurora.

Karen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Karen loved nothing more in this life than her Family and Friends.  She will be remembered mostly for her Love that she gave, as well as her patience, kindness, honesty, beauty, storytelling, intuition, date remembrance, mischievous giggle, beautiful smile, daintiness, singing, yodeling, love of babies, selflessness, and caregiving.  She loved the outdoors, visiting, reading, ghost stories, bowling, and we can never forget the Park City Ladies Luncheon.  Karen was stunningly beautiful and so humble she didn’t realize it.  Karen was a member of the LDS Church.

A viewing will be held Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Salina Stake Center, 98 W. 400 North in Salina, Utah from 6-8 p.m.  Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Cedarview Cemetary in Cedarview, Utah at 1:00 p.m.

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

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Lloyd Van Ewles

1945 – 2017

Lloyd Van Ewles, 71 beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away March 13, 2017 at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah.  He was born August 27, 1945 in Salina, Utah to William Blaine and Ruth A. Sorenson Ewles.  He was the youngest of 5 children.

Lloyd grew up in Salina and attended North Sevier High School with the class of 1964.  He moved to California as a teenager to work for his older brother, John, in his construction business.  He worked for over 40 years as a heavy equipment operator for Tri State Ewles Materials.  While living in California he met Linda Hunter.  They married on June 26, 1965 in La Mirada, California.  They became parents of an only daughter, Laura Jean, who they dearly cherished.  They divorced in 1989.

Lloyd was blessed with an extra family when he met his lifelong partner; Alice Sorenson.   Alice and her family became an important part of his life and he enjoyed time spent with them.  Lloyd and Alice made their home in Beaver Dam, Arizona and enjoyed 27 years together.  She preceded him in death on October 5, 2012.

Lloyd was an expert mechanic and heavy equipment operator.  He loved hunting and fishing and spending time in the mountains.  He always looked forward to the deer hunt and the time spent with his brothers and family at the deer camp in Gooseberry.  He and his brothers had a close bond.  His enjoyed watching Nascar and even raced stock cars for many years as a young man in California.   He was a member of the LDS Church.  Lloyd’s greatest accomplishment was staying sober the past 16 years.

Lloyd’s greatest love was spending time with his daughter and grandchildren.  He loved them all and would do anything for them.  He especially enjoyed watching his two little great grandsons grow.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; long-time companion, Alice Sorenson; his oldest sister, Beverly Ewles Turner; his brother-in- law, Ronald Turner; grandson-in-law, Ricky Isidro; two nephews, Kurt and Kasey Ewles; and two step children, Tammy Sorensen Seely and Jeff Sorensen.

Lloyd leaves behind his daughter Laura Jean (Fred) Veater; grandchildren, Jessica Isidro, McKinnin (Britnee) Lloyd, Kasey Lloyd; great grandchildren, Ricky and Anthony Isidro; brothers and sister, John (Lola) Ewles, Carol Woolsey, and Courtney (Sherrie) Ewles.  Fred’s children, Brandina Glenn, Denver (Kandice) Veater, DelainyaVeater and ValeeshaVeater.  Also, Alice’s children and grandchildren Kathy Sorensen, Amy Williams, Crissy Williams, Trent Seely, Troy Sevy and Shane Sevy; his girlfriend Jeannie Beacham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday March 18, 2017 at 12 noon in the Salina, Utah Stake Center, 98 West 400 North, Salina, Utah, where friends may call Saturday morning prior to the funeral from 10:30 – 11:30.

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

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Beth Barker



Salina, Utah – Beth LaRene Barker returned to our Heavenly father on Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Centerfield, Utah,  after a long battle with several chronic illnesses. On this day she was reunited with her loved ones who preceded her in death,  her husband Harold Barker, her parents, Keogh and Vontess Jensen, her son Gary Jensen, her great grandson Carter Lynn Shelley, her nephew Karl Jensen, her brother Lynn Jensen, her sisters: Phyliss Thiessens, Elaine Kesler, and Velma Oviatt.


Beth was born May 4, 1932 in Axtell, UT to Keogh and Rebecca Vontess Hales Jensen.  She married Harold Barker on December 5, 1959 in Elko, Nevada. She was later sealed to her husband  and children for time and eternity on December 19, 1972 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  Beth was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend and she will be truly missed by all who knew her. Harold preceded her in death on August 24, 2000.


Beth is survived by her children: Neal (Connie) Jensen of Santaquin, Lola Jensen of Redmond, Becky (Kent) Olsen, Vonnie (Jim) Casto, all of Salina, Brian (Ruth) Barker of Salt Lake City; 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren;  her siblings Ellen Kay (Powell) Johnson of Redmond, John Lee (Luane) Jensen of South Jordan, Paul (Linda) Jensen of Herriman, Allen (Louise) Jensen of Redmond, Steve (Lorilee) Jensen of Richfield, her numerous nieces and nephews and all of her extended family.


Graveside services will be held on Saturday March 25, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in the Redmond Cemetery, Redmond, Utah. All are welcome to come and pay their last respects to this wonderful lady who brought life, light and love into the lives of everyone she met.


Funeral Directors: Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.


Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Obituary Notice

Jennie Lynn Stilson


Jennie Lynn Christiansen Stilson passed away peacefully at her home on March 8, 2017 with her family and loved ones surrounding her after a brief, struggle with cancer.  She was born on October 25, 1954 in Mayfield, Utah to Harold McNeil and Ruth Beck Christiansen.

In her early years, she enjoyed spending time doing anything with family and friends.  She loved outdoor activities and sporting events and anything else her children were involved in.  Jennie loved learning and graduated from Snow College.  She shared this love of learning with her children and those around her.  She was a veracious reader and even spent time as a school librarian.

Jennie was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She served in many church callings and capacities over the years and enjoyed sharing her testimony with those around her.  Her greatest calling and joy in life was motherhood.

She married Blaine Stilson on June 30, 1973 in the Manti, Utah LDS Temple where they were sealed for time and eternity.  Jennie is survived by her husband Blaine, her four children; Jason and Mindy Stilson of St. George, Brandon and Shanna Stilson of Santaquin, Chelsie and Sean Wasden of Nampa, Idaho, and Shan and Haleigh Stilson of St. George; her mother Ruth Beck Christiansen of Mayfield, Utah, and 19 grandchildren.  She is also survived by her two brothers and sister; Karl Christiansen, Randy Christiansen and Lana Hogan.

She is preceded in death by her father Harold Christiansen and brothers, Mark and Howard Christiansen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the LDS Morningside Stake Center, 879 S. River Rd. in St. George, Utah.   A viewing will be held on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Spilsbury Mortuary from 5 to 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, March 11, 2017 proceeding the funeral at the LDS Morningside Stake Center from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.  Interment will be at the St. George Cemetery under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary.

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Paul Caldwell

Gunnison, Utah

Paul Anthony Caldwell, 84, passed away March 7, 2017, in Gunnison. He was born May 17, 1932, to LeRoy Caldwell and Dorothy Marie Nielsen Caldwell in Centerfield, Utah. He married Gerda Anderson on November 24, l956 in Centerfield. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple.

Paul was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Gunnison High School, attended Snow College and BYU for a short time, then proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Our family mourns the loss of this generous and kind man. Paul was a gentle man with a great sense of humor. He was loving, quiet, reserved and loyal to his family. Paul’s two fundamental devotions in life were family and work. He worked hard to provide and care for them. He had a strong work ethic and through example instilled that ethic into his children. He excelled musically and enjoyed playing the trombone in the band, “All That Jazz”, directed by Dr. Jan Christensen, and included his children Kay C. (on drums) and Angela Marie (on saxophone). Paul had a successful driving career with W. S. Hatch Co., in Woods Cross, Utah; Jack B. Kelly, Amarillo, Texas; and Barney Trucking, Salina, Utah. He was awarded Utah Driver of the Year, by the Utah Motor Transport Association in l994. Also, Short-Line Driver of the Year by the Utah Safety Council. Our loving husband, father and grandfather will be greatly missed.

Paul leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Gerda; daughter,
Angela Marie Tomkins; son, Kay C. (Kim) Caldwell; neice, Janette Hoggan Eatchel; 6 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Rhea (Terrel) Nelson; brother, Morris Caldwell. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Wallace (Doris) Caldwell; sister, Viva (Jay) Jenson; infant brother, Will LeRoy Caldwell.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Centerfield Ward Chapel, 210 South Main. Friends may call at the ward chapel in Centerfield Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Centerfield Cemetery with military rites by the Oliver-Russell American Legion Post #105 and Utah Honor Guard. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti. Online guestbook at

The family would like to express their thanks to the Gunnison Valley Hospital, physicians, nurses and therapists for the kindness shown to our husband and father during his final days.