Tpr. Ruel E. Anderson
Ruel E Anderson left this earth peacefully and returned to his Heavenly Father on May 13, 2015. Ruel was born November 24, 1928 to Erastus Wilford and Selma Arvilla Petersen Anderson and was raised in the small town of Fountain Green, Utah in Sanpete County. Ruel was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served in various callings including Bishop, Counselor, Sunday School Presidency, Young Men’s Presidency, High Councilor, Stake Mission President, and ordinance worker in the Jordan River Temple for 15 years. Ruel served an LDS mission to the Southern States Mission from 1949 to 1951.
Ruel enlisted in the United States Air Force in July 1951 and served one year in Korea in the 4th Communication Squadron. After returning home, he served at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, South Dakota in the 740th Aircraft Control and Warning. He was honorably discharged in July 1955. He then spent 8 years in the Air Force Reserves. He attended Snow College and the University of Utah. He married Carol Williamsen on May 10, 1963 in the Logan, Utah LDS temple. Ruel was employed by the State of Utah with the Utah Highway Patrol and worked there for over 35 years. He started as a dispatcher and ended his career in Safety Inspections retiring in March 1991. Survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol; children, Alan (Kristi), Gary (Debbie), Kevin, Diane (Wayne) Noren, and Debbie; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Anna Ludeen Lambert, Janelle (Scofield) Smith, and Helen Bray; many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dale and Evan; daughter, Carol Michelle; daughter-in-law, Christi; grandchildren, Shaley and Hunter.
Gov. Norm Bangerter
Former Utah Governor Norm Bangerter passed away after suffering a stroke. The former Republican governor was 82. Bangerter was first elected as governor in 1984. He served as governor from 1985 to 1993. In a statement, current Governor Gary Herbert said “Gov. Bangerter was first and foremost a friend and a mentor to me. He was a great leader who accomplished great things on behalf of our state. I always appreciated his forthright and no-nonsense leadership and his willingness to make the tough decisions. “That leadership was on display as recently when Gov. Bangerter spoke to the leadership of the Utah Highway Patrol, our Honorary Colonels, and many other civic and legislative leaders at the Governor’s Mansion. I told Gov. Bangerter I valued his counsel and that I wanted him to call me at any time and give me his input. He assured me he would. His sudden passing is a shock to me and the state. We will all miss him.” Utah GOP Chairman James Evans said “I encourage all Utahns to honor his legacy and remember the enormous impact he had on the State of Utah,” said Chairman James Evans. “Governor Bangerter moved our state forward in spite of the many challenges it faced during his time in office. A cornerstone of Utah values, Governor Bangerter was not afraid to make tough decisions and did what he thought was right.” Bangerter served in the Utah House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985. He was Speaker from 1981 to 1985.
Sgt. Kim F. Hall, Sr.
Kim F. Hall Sr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away at the age of 74 at home of melanoma cancer. Kim was born May 15, 1941 in Park City, Utah to Barney C. and Iola Johnson Hall.
In 1958 Kim married Margie Nuneviller. They had two children and were later divorced in 1971. Kim married Patti (Baker) Rhees in 1986.
He was employed with Hercules Missile Industries and HAFB after his military service. Kim finally got his dream job with the Utah Highway Patrol – a dream he had since he was 7 years old. He was a driver for Governor Calvin Rampton while on the patrol. He served with UHP for nine years then transferred to the Narcotics Division for the state. He was over the Airport Narcotic’s office and worked with other narcotic agencies in the state. He was a member of UPOA, UNOA, and BPOE.
Kim owned a Harley Davidson and was a member of Harley Owners Group (HOG) and the local chapter of NUHOG where he served as Asst. Director and Road Leader. He also belonged to the Patriot Guard and rode in parades in many states.
Preceded in death by his parents, sisters, and his brother. He is survived by his children; sister, Leona (Rich) Martinez; wife, Patti, and her children; and one great-grandson.
Tpr. Richard Kay Howard
Richard Kay Howard, 83, passed away April 29, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. He was born August 28, 1931 in Santaquin, Utah to Leslie Park and Blanche Kay Howard. Married Shirlene Hiatt in Payson, Utah on March 16, 1951. She preceded him in death September 13, 1999. Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, proudly serving during the Korean Conflict. Survived by children, Kathleen (Gerard) Burnham, Craig (Jayna) Howard, Mark (Tamara) Howard, and Christine Ide; nine grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren; brothers, Tim Howard and Dennis Howard.
St. Agent, Philip Alois Leiker
Our wonderful loving hero, husband, father, son, brother, and friend passed away unexpectedly yet peacefully in Murray, Utah on Thursday March 12, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones. Phil was born April 28, 1949 in Hays, Kansas to Clarence and Edna Leiker. He grew up in Burbank, California, and upon graduating from high school, Phil enlisted in the Marine Corps. During his four years of military service he achieved the rank of Sergeant, completed two tours in the Vietnam War, and received multiple awards including the Purple Heart and Gold Star. Following the Marine Corps, Phil became an LAPD Police Officer where he served for 21 years before retiring in 1991. In this time Phil met his partner, sweetheart, and love of his life Bernadette Eileen Cummins. They were married on January 31, 1988. In 1995, the family moved to Utah to raise their children and were active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Phil became a Utah State Trooper and worked as a Firearms Investigator for the Bureau of Criminal Identification up until his passing. Phil served in many ward callings and continually found ways to love and serve those around him. Phil always placed greater importance on the needs of others before his own. He was a man who truly emulated our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Phil is survived by his wife Bernadette, six children: Becky, Marques (Beckie), Jordache, Joshua, Hunter, and Lexus, and siblings: Chris (Julie), Tom, Leroy (Monica), and Marilynn (Sue).
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Shirlene Farnsworth Magneson
Shirlene Farnsworth Magneson shared 64 years of a beautiful life and touched the hearts deeply of each who was fortunate enough to know her. Although she slipped away peacefully in her sleep on March 22, 2015, her legacy and memories will live on. Born November 2, 1950 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Gilbert Oel Farnsworth and Shirley Nadine Eden Farnsworth. She grew up in Salt Lake City, graduated West High School and attended the University of Utah. She served a mission to the NorthWest states, areas including Idaho, Oregon and Washington – where she met the father of her six children. She has lived in Germany, Idaho and Utah and made many friends, old and new. She loved to travel, cross-stitch and crochet. She was a selfless, giving, wonderful woman who touched everyone’s lives and hearts anywhere she lived. Preceding her in death are her parents, Gilbert & Shirley, her brother Keven and sister Charlotte, a niece Mistylee, nephews Justin, Cody & Casey and other loved ones. Her legacy perseveres through her children: Ane & Kelly Genessy, Marshall Magneson, Micah Magneson, Andrew & Barbara Magneson, Jon & Candice Magneson, Rebekah & Randall Uria. Along with her 17 grandchildren & 2 great-grandchildren; Brady, Colby, Remy, Azalea, Andras, Aliyah, Akira, Corah, Liam, Beau, Catherine, Nando, Adrian, Kira, Justin, Christopher, Vincent, Conner, Cali & Abel. She is survived and missed by her siblings: Art & Sharon Farnsworth, Corey & Debbie Farnsworth, Steffany & Gary Forrest, and Sherman Farnsworth; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends and family.
Tpr. Joseph Franklin Nelson
Joseph Franklin Nelson passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was the third son born to David and Anna Nelson on June 23, 1947 in Idaho Falls, ID. Not long after, the family moved to Park City, UT, where Joe was raised with his brothers. Joe Married his school mate Judy Yates on Easter morning April 6, 1969 (later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple). Joe was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany and a combat tour in Vietnam. He was also a Trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol, where he retired after 24 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. Joe is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Angi (Alan) Ritchie, son Jeremy (Lisa), six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, and his brothers Charlie, Ron, Don, Bob, and Larry Nelson. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Sonny, and Boyd, and two grandchildren Troy and Joelynn McDonald.
Lt. Francis Russell Spencer
Francis Russell Spencer passed away peacefully at the age of 84. He was born on February 5, 1931 in Circleville, Utah to Samuel Rulon Spencer and Pearl Dalton Morgan Spencer.
Francis met his sweetheart, Carol Ann Reid, at a dance and was smitten. He gave her an engagement ring for Christmas 1956. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 26, 1957. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many capacities over the years. Francis spent his life in the service of others, always putting his family first.
On May 13, 1949 he received the first scholarship given by Piute High to attend the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from the University of Utah and later received a Bachelor of Police Science from Weber State. He retired from the Utah Highway Patrol in 1990 after 31 years of public service.
Francis is survived by his sister, Alma Montague (Cecil, deceased), his son Rhett (Erin) Spencer, his daughter Charice (Steve) Moulton, his son Zachary Spencer, his daughter Candyce Meriwether, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol Ann, his parents Samuel Rulon Spencer and Pearl Dalton Morgan Spencer, and his daughter Stephanie Spencer and his brother in law Cecil Montague.
Cpt. A.B. Leonard Webb
A.B. Leonard Webb, 71, of South Jordan, Utah, passed away Thursday May 14th, 2015. A.B. is survived by his best friend and wife of 51 years Lennie; along with daughters Cyndy (Hal) Nelson, Tracie Webb, Laura (Todd) Rasmussen, Tiffanie (Michael) Singer, sister Carol (Kay) Leatham and many loving grandchildren. A.B. was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family as they were the most important part of his life. A.B. had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tease. But as much as he loved to laugh, he never shied away from hard work. The word “can’t” did not exist in his vocabulary. A.B. served with the Utah Highway Patrol for 34 years with honor and integrity. He cared for them as his second family.
Cpt. Dennis Wendel
Dennis was born to Harry & Donna Wendel on November 4, 1944 in Granger, Utah. He passed away (just how he wanted it) in his sleep at his home in South Jordan, Utah on June 14, 2105.
He married his high school sweetheart, Gail Proctor, on September 12, 1964. May 1, 1969 he was hired on with the Utah Highway Patrol where he retired as Captain in 1993. Dad spent his years after retirement fishing, camping, spending time with his family and making sure our mom had everything she ever wanted. Dad always enjoyed a good joke, a cold drink, good food & fishing. Dad could build anything and was a great provider for his family. He always said that if you want something done right, do it yourself. He was always honest and never afraid of hard work. He was looking so forward to a family vacation we had planned to Lake Powell. He taught us so much in the short time we had with him. He never wanted his “girls” to go without anything & never wanted his “girls” to rely on a guy to change their oil. We will miss his blue eyes & his long hugs.
He is survived by his wife Gail, his three girls Vickie Rikli, Cindy Roberts (Troy) and Sherrie (Brian) Johnston. Six grandchildren, Chaise (Cherice) Roberts, Taylir Roberts, Nicolas Johnston, Kaylee Johnston, Samantha Rikli, Kaleb Rikli. Two great grandchildren, Jaren Johnston and Chloe Roberts.