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Obituaries 2-6-12

Ray Stokes Newman

May 20, 1925 – February 1, 2013

Our beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather, Ray Stokes Newman, 87, of St. George, returned to his Heavenly Father on Feb 1, 2013 in Brigham City, Utah.  Ray was born to Henry Dorney (Ike) and Mary Ann Stokes Newman on May 20, 1925 in Bothwell, Utah.  He was raised and educated in Bothwell and Thatcher and graduated from Bear River High School.

Ray proudly served his country in the US Navy aboard the USS Yorktown during WWII.
He married the love of his life, Phyllis Archibald, on September 12, 1944 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  He cherished her, and never missed an opportunity to tell her how beautiful she was.  Together they welcomed two daughters and a son, and raised their family in Tremonton, Utah.

Ray was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He loved the gospel and faithfully served as a counselor in the Bishopric, and as a member of the High Counsel.

Ray was a horseman, and a member of the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Posse.  He also enjoyed farming, and chariot racing with his son.  He loved spending time on his farm with his grandchildren, and taught them the value of hard work.  It didn’t matter if they were girls, or big city kids from CA, he had them driving the tractor while he burned ditches, or put up hay.  They all have wonderful memories that they will cherish forever.

Ray was a hard working businessman, owning three different service stations in Tremonton.  He later retired from Thiokol, as a stationary engineer, a trade he learned in the Navy.

After retiring, Ray and Phyllis spent their winters with his brothers, pulling their 5th wheel trailers to St. George.  Later they made St. George their permanent residence, where they enjoyed square dancing, working in the St. George Temple, their many friends, and spending summers on their Elwood farm.

Ray is survived by his wife Phyllis, and children:  Dixie (Bob) Hess, of Heber City; Kristine Newman and Alan Pobanz, of Menlow Park, CA; and Tommy Newman, of Elwood.  Also surviving are ten grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and a brother Duane Newman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Mick, Jack, and Dee Newman; a sister Della Petersen; and a special nephew Scott Newman.

A special thanks to Ray’s sweet great-granddaughter, Holli Curtis, who tenderly helped care for him at the care center, doing everything she could think of to make the time he spent there more comfortable.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tremonton South Stake Center (1150 S. Tremont St.).  Friends may visit the family Tuesday, February 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Tremonton South Stake Center.

Interment, Bothwell Cemetery with Military Honors. Condolences may be made at www.rogersandtaylor.com


Braiden “Brady” Drake King

Braiden “Brady” Drake King passed away Jan. 29, 2013. He was born May 15, 1998 in Boise, ID. He is the son of Torie & Kody Copeland of Garland and Sam & Veronica King of Logan.

Brady was in 9th grade at Bear River Middle School, he ran the torch for the Bear River Special Olympics, was a member of the LDS Church, and loved spending time with his brothers and sisters. He spent a lot of time just hanging out in his truck, and always got extra pleasure from wrestling with his brothers.

He was always such a joy to be with. You could never leave the company of Brady without being in a good mood and having a smile. He cared so much for his family. He looked forward to working on the truck with grandpa and going to the D.I. with grandma. He loved camping and fishing when he could fit it in between texting on his phone.
Brady is survived by his parents; Brothers & Sisters, Brody, Beau, Braxton, Mackenzie, Jesus, Lily, Austin, and Kazen;  Grandparents, Larry & LaRee Nielsen (Fielding, UT), Shane & Rhoana Wood (Malad, ID), Sam & Sheila King (Nampa, ID), Tony & Grasiela Linares (Logan, UT), Tyrone & Brenda Copeland (Garland, UT) ; Gr. – Grandparents, Laura Henderson, Joan Erickson, Brent & Coleen Wood. He was preceded in death by Great Grandmas, Keeler & Tims; Great Grandpas King & Nelson; and Great Grandma and Grandpa Hess.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Garland LDS Tabernacle with Interment in the Garland Cemetery.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.rogersandtaylor.com

Brady’s family would like to offer a heartfelt “Thank-You” to everyone who has showed their love and support through this difficult time.


LaReeda Campbell Ravsten

Tremonton- Our Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother LaReeda Campbell Ravsten returned to her Heavenly Fathers arms from her home and surrounded by her loving family on January 28, 2013.
She began her journey on earth on April 29, 1932 in Weston, Idaho and was the oldest child of Reed and Lila Campbell.  She was a big sister to Rheo, Theo, Leola and Fred. After her mother Lila passed away and her father remarried Lucille Campbell she became a sister to Dennis and Ron Campbell.
She met her sweetheart Scott A. Ravsten on a blind date where they attended a dance. They were married in Preston, Idaho on July 6, 1949. Through their 63 years of marriage they were blessed with seven children. They made their home and raised their family in Smithfield, Utah, Ogden, Utah, Yakima, Washington and Tremonton, Utah. They were sealed for all time and eternity in the Logan LDS Temple on July 6, 2001.
LaReeda’s greatest talent was the love, compassion and service she showed to her family and friends. She also enjoyed quilting, crocheting, embroidering and many other hobbies, which she taught to many of her children & grandchildren. Her most amazing talent is cooking and baking. Anyone who has tried to make her chicken noodle soup, rolls or peanut brittle have found they cannot exactly duplicate it, because it came from her loving heart and hands.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed serving others in many callings including Compassionate Service Leader, Relief Society Teacher, Librarian and Relief Society Supervisor. Her favorite calling was being a Primary Teacher with her sweetheart Scott. She loved to tell others of the progress and growth of the many Primary Children they taught. She was very proud of them all.
She is survived by her husband Scott A. Ravsten, Children Kurtis S. (Wendy) Ravsten and Kelly (Avis) Ravsten, Kevin J. Ravsten, Susan (Kent) Miller, Shelly (Edward) Tarbet and Shawna (Troy) Harris. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 21 great- grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Fred, daughter Shirley Ann Doutre and grandson Clifford Reed Doutre.
She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.
Family and friends may call on Sunday February 3, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the Tremonton South Stake Center (1150 S. Tremont St.) and from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. on Monday February 4, 2013. Funeral Services will start at 12:00 Noon on Monday February 4, at the Tremonton South Stake Center. Interment will be at the Tremonton Riverview Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com
Gratefulness to friend’s, neighbors and church members for the love and kindness shown to her and her family throughout her passing.

Colleen Gill Richards

Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Colleen Gill Richards, peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
She was born in Preston, Idaho on May 3, 1931 to Archie Gill and Adelaide Clayton Gill.
She was a loving mother and homemaker. She liked to provide trousseaus for all her children, grandchildren and many other family members. She liked to crochet and shared her talent with others. She enjoyed playing games with her family and loved spending time with them.
As an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Colleen provided endless amounts of compassionate service to others. She served in the Primary Presidency as an In-service Leader and many Relief Society callings. She also served for many years at the Bishop’s Store House.
Colleen is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Elmer Lamont Richards; her children, Sheryl (Gorden) Lasley, Brent (Debbie) Richards, Gloria (Dale) Jensen; 13 grand children and 8 great grand children.
The greatest love of her life was her husband and children, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grand children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie W. Gill and Adelaide Clayton Gill; sister, Sandra (Jay) Curtis; and grandchildren, Rebecca, Joshua and Tyler Jensen.
Thank you to Dr. Schow, Pam Hall, Community Nursing Services, Caregiver Support Network, Bear River Care Center and the Bear River Valley Senior Center for their wonderful meals.
Funeral Services for Colleen will be held in her honor on Saturday, February 2, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home (111 N. 100 E., Tremonton) with a viewing prior to the services from 11:30-12:45. There will also be a viewing on Friday, February 1, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Rudd Funeral Home (1234 S. Main, Garland). Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com

Joni Ward Earl

Joni Ward Earl, 55, passed away January 29, 2013 at home after a 14 month battle with a brain tumor.
Joni was born February 15, 1957, the middle daughter of Max and Donna Ward.  She was a fussy baby; Donna recalls always having Joni on her hip.  That changed as she grew older and Max would often comment how he loved picking Joni up from school, because there was always a carload of friends that wanted to go with her.
Joni graduated from Bear River High school and 30 days later, on June 27, 1975 married her high school sweetheart, David Earl.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS temple on April 14, 1977.  Joni devoted her life to raising their four children, Jenny, Jody, Casey and Clay.
She put her creative energy into making her home beautiful and was constantly painting, wallpapering, or decorating her little castle.  Joni’s home was a place of warmth and love and each season called for special decorations.  Every Sunday Joni’s family gathered around her table to enjoy supper, and she always prepared a delicious dessert.
There was only one thing dearer than her children and that was her grandchildren.  Grandma Joni made sure Toby, Bailey, Gracie, Hattie, Waylon, Chase, Macy Jo, Lizzy and Chance each knew they were her favorite and that she held a special place in her heart for each of them.
Joni spent most of her life as a homemaker, but enjoyed her time working at the retail counter of Gossner Foods where she made many good friends among the employee, customers and their families.
A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Joni served in many callings, but she always treasured the time she spent in the Primary program. She loved serving the children, and they love Joni. If ever there was an example of Christ-like love Joni was that example.
Joni made friends easily and always put the needs of others ahead of her own.  She was a great listener and made every person she encountered feel like a best friend.
She is survived by her husband David Earl, Mother Donna Ward, Mother-in-Law Charlene Earl, and two sisters Patti (Kelly) Walker and Sherry  (Billy) Rhodes. Her legacy lives on in Daughters; Jenny (Wes) Firth of Thatcher, Jody (Jason) Grover of Riverside, Sons; Casey (Kristan) Earl of Lewiston and Clay Earl (unidentified) of Beaver Dam.  She leaves 9 grandchildren who love her very much. Joni was preceded in death by her father Max Ward, and Father-in-Law Sherman Earl.
The family will welcome friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 and from 9-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at the Beaver Dam LDS Church (16025 N Beaver Dam Rd.). A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the Beaver Dam Church.  Services will conclude with burial in the Beaver Dam Cemetery under the direction of Rudd Funeral Home in Tremonton, Utah. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family atwww.ruddfuneralhome.com


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