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Obituaries 9-12-2012

Gerald V. Benson

GRACE–Gerald V Benson passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2012 from complications during vascular surgery at the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, UT.  He was 69 years old.  He was a resident of Grace, Idaho.  He is survived by his wife, Anna, and his two children, Cinniman Schwartz of Malad, ID and Bart and Coleen Benson of Grace.  He is also survived by 6 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Elsie Benson, and his baby sister.

Jerry graduated from High School in Grace, Idaho and was a veteran of the Navy and served in the Pacific.  He married Pauline Wheatley and they had two children, Bart and Cinniman.  He worked with his father in the construction business until moving to Tremonton in 1970 where he worked for Thiokol as an inspector of solid rocket motors.  He and Pauline were later divorced and after ending his career with Thiokol he moved back to Grace to retire.  While there he traveled to Russia and married Anna Sakovitch who shared with him the rest of his life.

Jerry was friendly with his neighbors and spent many hours assisting others with yard work and snow removal.  He and Anna found joy in their little dog Teddy and in tours of the beautiful Gem Valley in its many moods and seasons.  He enjoyed working on his computer.  Earlier in his life, he spent time with his family riding snow machines, touring on his Harley Davidson, and later 4-wheelers.  He liked to hunt and fish and spend time on his boat with friends and family.  He appreciated being in the mountains.  He kept in close contact with his children and followed with great interest the growth of his grand children and lately his great grandchildren.  He always welcomed their visits with many smiles.  He especially enjoyed having family and friends over for barbecues.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Grace Stake Center at noon on Wednesday September 12th with a viewing the night before at the Grace Stake Center from 7 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 before the services.   The funeral will be presided over by Bishop Stoddard of the Grace First ward.  Services are provided by the Sims Funeral Home in Soda Springs.  Compassionate service provided by the Grace First Ward Relief Society.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for funeral services.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh.com


Jerald Ross Wight

Jerald Ross Wight, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, scoutmaster, outdoorsman, technologist, scientist, mentor, and friend, passed away on Friday, 9/7/12. After a morning of catching up on scout activities, Dad passed away suddenly of natural causes. Ross was born on October 5, 1931 in Harper Ward, Utah to Emery and Lucille Lillywhite Wight. He was the only living son in the family, brother to a house full of seven sisters, which may explain his early longing and love of the outdoors. He was raised on the family farm in Harper attending Brigham City schools, where he met the love of his life Mary Jo Chadwick. They were married in the Logan Temple on August 4, 1954.

Ross and Mary Jo raised seven children while living in five states and two countries, making lifelong friends wherever they went. One of the highlight of their later years together was the 21 months spent in Estonia on a mission for the LDS church.

As accomplished as he was in his professional and scouting career, his faith and family were the most important aspects of his life, and Ross will be sorely missed by family, friends, and countless individuals whose lives he touched through compassionate service, laughter, and love. Ross leaves behind his sweetheart, Mary Jo, sons Mike (Sharon) and Mark (Joann); and daughters Lora (Mike Weibel), Teri Olsen (Jay), Tami Pyfer (Aaron), Janna Slye (Jeff), and Jeri Nyborg (Andrew). He is also survived by sisters Muriel (Grant) Nicholas, Beth Crook, Katherine Allsop, and Shirley (Grant) Graham; 25 bright and loving grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. He was welcomed in heaven by his mother and father, his infant brother Leland, sisters Lola Richards, Marie Matthews, and Janice Nicholas, and son-in-law Rich Knoll.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday evening, September 11, from 6:00-8:00 at the Rudd funeral home 1234 South Main, Garland, Utah. Services will be held on Wednesday, September 12, at 11:00 am in the Honeyville, Utah chapel, with another viewing prior to the funeral from 9:30-10:30. Dad’s earthly remains will be laid to rest in the foothills of his childhood home at Calls Fort cemetery, Harper Ward, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a local Scout Troop, The Parkinson Foundation, or a charity of your choice.


Doris Fay Marsh Shaw

Doris Fay Marsh Shaw, our wonderfully beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of Garland, Utah, passed away on Sunday Sept. 9, 2012, at McKay-Dee Hospital, Ogden, Utah, surrounded by her loving family.

Doris was born Feb. 17, 1931, in Riverside, Utah, to Mearle Clyde Marsh and Delta Bowcutt. She grew up in Willard, Utah, and graduated from Box Elder High School in 1949.

She earned an associate’s degree from Weber State College in business and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in secondary education.

She married the love of her life, Graham C. Shaw III, on Sept. 29, 1955, in the Salt Lake Temple.

She worked as a secretary for college professors and also at Hill Air Force Base. She taught at Park City High School and Stevens Henagar Business College.

She choreographed and taught dances for operettas and played on a boys baseball team. Doris was a gifted and talented singer, beginning her career in first grade with her first solos, and continued by singing in operas and solos through high school, BYU and beyond.

She studied two years under Richard P. Condie, then director of the Tabernacle Choir.         She began and then turned down a career as a professional opera singer, opting to instead raise her children.

Doris was a talented seamstress, amazing cook and enjoyed working with children in 4-H, and cub scout programs, and recently assisted preschool instruction at Creative Corner Preschool.

She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints, working as ward chorister and in the Primary for many years. She was a temple worker in the Logan Temple and served a mission with her husband in the California Anaheim Mission.

Doris is survived by her husband and six children, Pamela (Kim) Christensen, Ogden; Gaylene (Steven) Bickmore, Evergreen, Colo.; Gary (Ann) Shaw, Garland, Utah; William (Sonya) Shaw, Mantua, Utah; Michael (Marti) Shaw, Mantua; Suzette (Joe) Deakin, Tremonton, Utah, 32 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by parents and siblings, Mearle Clyde Marsh, Gayle Marsh, Leon Marsh, William Dale Marsh and Joy Delta Kirkham.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2  p.m., at the Garland Tabernacle (140 W. Factory, Garland).

Viewings will be held Friday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Rudd Funeral Home in Garland (1234 S. Main), and Saturday, Sept. 15 prior to services from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Garland Tabernacle. Interment will be in the Willard Cemetery.

Online condolences to the family may be left at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


Kathryn Kerr Lish

You Are My Sunshine

    Our beautiful wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Kathryn Kerr Lish passed away on Sept. 9, 2012, at home surrounded by her loving family.

Kathryn was born Sept. 12, 1939, to W. Edward Kerr and Dorothy Burton Kerr.

She was a lifetime  resident of the Bear River Valley and was proud to be a Bear River Bear.

She married her high school  sweetheart, Ray E. Lish, on June 25, 1956; they were later sealed for time and all eternity on June 11, 1964.

Mom was an example and friend to all; she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and a devoted  member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who served valiantly in numerous callings.

Mom was our biggest fan in all we did. There are not enough words to describe the wonderful person she was. She was best known for her beautiful voice, contagious smile and cinnamon rolls.

She is survived by her loving husband Ray; her children; Dr. Jeffrey (Naomi) Lish, Laurie (Tim) Munns, Robyn (Craig) Christensen, Doug (Suzy) Lish, Julie (Steve) Richins, Jodi (Troy) Scott; 23 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren with two on the way; two sisters and one brother; Carolyn Jensen, Sharon Campbell, and Don Kerr.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Dorothy Kerr; brothers Lynn Kerr and Robert Kerr; great grandchildren Kolbi Mae Christensen, Braison Hullinger and Skylar Summers.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the PrimRose Home Health Care; Tara, Linda B, Linda K. and Stacie.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at the Garland Tabernacle (140 W. Factory).

A viewing for friends and family will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home (111 N. 100 E.), Tremonton) and Thursday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Garland Tabernacle. Interment in the Deweyville Cemetery.

Online condolences to the family may be left at www.rogersandtaylor.com


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