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Obituaries 4-3-2013

Scott GermerObit-Scott-Germer

Deweyville – In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 30, 2013, our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Jack Scott Germer, passed from this life to the next, surrounded by his loving family.

    Scott was born on Sept. 9, 1950, in Brigham City, Utah, to Jack Edwin Germer and Bernice Nichols Germer. He was the third of four children. He graduated from Bear River High School in 1968. He attended Utah State University.

    Scott married his sweetheart, Joyce Christensen, in Tremonton, Utah, on Nov. 3, 1972. From this union came four children: LaDawn, Debbie, Tina and Jeffery.

    His family was the most important thing to him, and he always did anything he could to help and support them. He taught his children the importance of honesty, integrity and good work ethic by example.

    He lived his entire life in Deweyville, working on the Germer family farm, as a 5th generation farmer. He loved to be out working and keeping busy.

    The winter months were long ones for him, and he eagerly anticipated the spring and summer months when he could be out farming and working in the fields.

    He was an incredibly hardworking person. He took great pride in his work and did everything to his greatest ability.

    He enjoyed spending time with his loved ones, target shooting, hunting, being outdoors and going on little road trips with his family. He especially enjoyed spending time with his good friends.

    He was an amazing grandpa and loved his grandkids so much. Nothing made him happier than being around them.

    He enjoyed taking them on four-wheeler rides and pulling them on sleds in the fields in back of the house. He always had a stash of treats for when the grandkids came over to visit.

    We will all miss him dearly and look forward to the day when we can be together again.

    Scott is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; three children : LaDawn Anderson, North Ogden; Tina (Jeremy) Hewlett, Perry; Jeff (Christine) Germer, Deweyville; six grandchildren :Riley, Brooks, Rachel, Mickell, Olivia and James; siblings: Colleen (Derrill) Richards, Salt Lake City; Deanne Hughes, Garland; Bonnie (Jim) Fronk, South Ogden.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Debbie, and brother-in-law, Kent Hughes.

    A viewing will be held Wednesday, April 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Rudd Funeral Home 1234 S. Main, Garland, Utah.

    Memorial services will be held Thursday April 4, at 11 a.m., at the Deweyville LDS chapel (10750 N. Hwy 38, Deweyville).

    A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Interment in the Deweyville Cemetery.

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


Dr. Reese B. Mason


    Dr. Reese B. Mason, 94 years old, former Tremonton mayor and a long-time Box Elder County resident, passed away March 24, 2013, in Gilbert, Ariz.

  He was born in Howell, Utah, on Aug 20, 1918, to Mirl and Veda Mason, the first of four children.

    From 1973 – 1977 he served on the Tremonton City Council. In 1977. he was elected the mayor of Tremonton.   He served as president of the Howell Gun Club from 1964 – 1966.

    He attended Bear River High School before transferring to Box Elder High School, where he graduated.   He graduated from Idaho State University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology in 1943.

    He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1946, where he also met Martha Christine Blossom of Shawnee, Okla. They were married in Kansas City on Nov. 21, 1945, and were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 19, 1946.

    He had a prominent dental practice from 1947 to 1987 in Tremonton and has been an avid genealogist and has published four books about his Mason, Cordon, Wood and Bradbury ancestors.

    He served in the Japanese mission in Hawaii and was serving in Kauai when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941.

    He served in the presidency of the 153rd Quorum of the Seventies and as bishop in the Tremonton 2nd Ward from 1950 – 1953.

    He served in the Bear River South Stake Presidency from 1955 – 1973.

    Dr. Mason and his wife Christine served in the Illinois Peoria mission and the Illinois Nauvoo mission.

    On Sept 3, 1943, Dr. Mason entered the U.S. Navy and was recommended for officer trainings school.  He was recalled to active duty in July 1953, serving in the US Army during the Korean War.

    He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Christine; his parents; a sister, Glade M. Nielsen; and one great granddaughter, Taylor Nicole Mason.

     He is survived by his four sons and two daughters: Richard R. Mason of Centennial, Colo.; Joseph W. (Cherie) Mason of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Douglas M. Mason of Tempe, Ariz.; Curtis B. (Paula) Mason of Smithfield, Utah; Alice E. (Jeff) Gifford of Page, Ariz., and Melanie M. Smith of Mesa, Ariz..

    He is also survived by two sisters, Naone (Ken) Godfrey of Brigham City, Utah, and Marlene (Sharon) Archibald of Tremonton. He and his wife have 19 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.

    Viewing will be from 6 – 8 p.m., tonight (Wednesday) at Rogers & Taylor Mortuary.

    A funeral will be held on Thursday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at the Tremonton Utah Stake Center (660 N. 300 E.) with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

    Online condolences may be offered at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


Carl Boyd RhodesObit-Carl-Rhodes

Carl Boyd Rhodes, 92, passed away on March 30, 2013, after a day surrounded by loved ones. Carl was born on August 9, 1920 in East Garland, Utah to Jasper William and Ellen Garn Capener Rhodes. He was the 9th of 15 children. This is where he was taught and learned the value of hard work.

Carl attended Bear River High School. At around 18 years of age, he moved to the family farm located on the Iowa String where he worked and lived the rest of his life. Carl married Nola Hunsaker on March 22, 1949 in the Logan LDS Temple. Together they reared six children, their youngest daughter was born exactly ten years to the day that their oldest daughter was born. They had 27 grandchildren who they loved and influenced. Nola preceded him in death on October 19, 1991.

Carl worked hard all of his life farming. He worked at U&I Sugar in the winters. He also worked for the Box Elder School District as a custodian at Bear River High and later after retirement from every-day farming, he stayed busy delivering Meals on Wheels which he enjoyed immensely Carl could never sit idle for long.

He was a member of the Tremonton Third Ward LDS Church and served in various callings throughout his life. His favorite was working with the young men in the sports program.

He was instrumental in developing the Bear River Valley Wool Pool, the Bear River Valley Lamb Pool and helped organize the Iowa String Drainage District. He served on the board of the Soil Conservation District for 18 years.

After the death of his wife Nola, Carl married Marian Eloise Robbins Grover on November 7, 1992. Carl and Marian were great companions for one another, they enjoyed camping and spending time with both of their families. Marian preceded him in death on February 1, 2003.

Carl is survived by two sons and four daughters, Karla Jenkins, Denise (Dustin) Cornwall, Debbie (Gaylan) Luke, Wesley (Donell) Rhodes, Timothy (May Dawn) Rhodes and Jayne (Dee Wayne) Hunsaker, and also Marian’s five children, who he thought of as his own, Margene (Bert) Chew, Karlene (John) Marshall, Jay (Melanie) Grover, Clayton (Trisha) Grover and Lane (Tanja) Grover, 44 grandchildren, and numerous great and great-great grandchildren between the two families. Carl is also survived by one brother, Blaine Rhodes and two sisters, Alta Munns and Beth Wood. He was preceded in death by his parents, wives Nola and Marian, 7 brothers and 4 sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 5, at 12:00 noon in the Tremonton 3rd Ward Chapel, 9590 North 6800 West, Tremonton, with Bishop Dennis Christensen officiating. A viewing will be held Thursday evening, April 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home, 111 North 100 East, Tremonton. Burial will be in the Honeyville Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Hospice Care of Northern Utah and all of the many friends and family for their loving care of Carl during the past six months.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


Victor Lynn Olsen


         Victor Lynn Olsen, 50, loving son, brother, father and friend, peacefully left this life on March 21, 2013, from a lung infection as a result of his motorcycle accident in October 2011.

He was born on Independence Day, July 4, 1962, in Cascade, Idaho, to Helen “Loni” Kiseleva and Lynn R. Bateman. He was raised in Garland, Utah and graduated from Bear

River High and later the Utah College of Massage Therapy (UCMT.)

After working at the University of Utah Hospital for many years, he finally found his true passion of firefighting. Vic was a volunteer firefighter for the Snowville Fire Department and served beside his “brothers and sisters” at Lone Peak Engines, and with the Manti-LaSal and Moab/Monticello US National Forest Service for over 15 years combined.

He looked forward to the fire season and used to chuckle about how he could kick those “snot-nosed youngsters” butts climbing the mountains to the fires. He cherished the time with his fellow firefighters, which led to many great and lasting friendships.

He especially loved his Harley Davidson and cherished the many rides with Brady and Koreen, his bro Derek and his sister Melinda. He golfed whenever he could, loved watching Nascar and the NFL, enjoyed laughing and joking with friends, outdoor BBQ’s and spending time with family and his many nieces and nephews, who adored their Uncle Vic. Vic worked hard, played hard and lived his life to the fullest in his short time on this earth.

Vic is survived by his daughter Cheltsy, granddaughter Lilly, mother Helen “Loni” Kiseleva Sehrgosha, father Delbert Olsen and siblings: Aaron (Maida), Mike (Shelley), Audrey (Bret), Natalie (Don), Derek, Melinda, Robert and Shiloa (Frank) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Lynn, brother Adam, sister Carolina and many grandparents.

The family would like to thank the 3rd Floor Intermediate Care Unit nursing staff and the Hospice staff at McKay-Dee Hospital for their compassionate care of our beloved Vic. A special thank you to Phil at Hanger Prosthetics for giving Vic hope, Lisa and Chris Carr for helping Vic continue his progress towards independence, and the many other angels that came into his life at his time of need.

His warm smile and contagious laughter will be missed by all who knew him.

Because Vic would want his family and friends to celebrate his life rather than mourn his passing, a Celebration of Victor’s life is planned for Saturday, April 27, from 1-4 p.m., at the LDS Church Pavilion, 895 N. 625 W., Brigham City. All family and friends are invited to come and share memories.

Condolences and memories may be sent to the family online via the Facebook Memorial page titled “In Loving Memory of Victor Olsen.”

            In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help with expenses.


Mitchell J. Hess


Plymouth- Mitchell J. Hess returned to his loving Father in Heaven on March 27, 2013. He was born on July 9, 1929 in Tremonton, Utah the son of Jess and Maude Hess.

He married Beverly Peterson on January 23, 1951, in the Logan LDS Temple. He was member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed doing temple work.

He also enjoyed farming and working as a Diesel Mechanic. He was the inventor of the Hinging Tongue which was known as Hess Chisel Plow. Later in life he bought his first Semi which became known as Grandma & Grandpa Trucking.

During the past few years since the passing of his wife Beverly, he has enjoyed working on the farm with his Son-in-law Jeff Godfrey, spending time with his family, telling stories and spoiling grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his  sisters Darlene Ipsen & Carma Josten, children Micheal F. Hess, Randy J. Hess, Janet Hess, Jeffery M.  (Sharon) Hess, Julie (Jeff) Godfrey, Beverly Hess (Ira Walks), 43 grandchildren and 57 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Beverly Peterson Hess, sister Norma Steed, Brother Lloyd Hess, grandson Jay J. Hess, granddaughter-in-law Tamara Maurie Hess, and great grandson Jeremy Nile Withers.

Graveside services will be held on Monday April 1, 2013 2:00 p.m. at the Plymouth Cemetery with full military honors.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


Alfred J. Moore (Larry) Moore

Feb. 6, 1934 – March 26, 2013


“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and danced the skies on laughter silvered wings.  And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

On March 26, 2013 Larry, our warrior aviator, husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather serenely passed on the eagerly waiting arms of his parents, other loved ones, and the Savior.  His passing was serene, but true to form, he battled cancer with the courage and dignity that epitomized his life.

Larry was born Feb. 6, 1934 in Tremonton, Utah to Earl Moore and Pearl Morgan.  He married his eternal companion Frances Potts on the 31st of December 1953.  They were later sealed for time and eternity in the Salt Lake Temple.

Graduated from Morgan High School in 1952.  While attending Morgan High School, he was named to the 1951 Utah All State Football team.  We said that he was a warrior!

Larry loved the military and his country.  He enlisted in the Air Force in 1952.  As a crew chief on C124’s, C130’s, and C123’s, he traveled through all 50 states, and 41 different countries.  He flew 147 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam.  He retired in 1972, but continued to serve as a maintenance scheduler at Hill AFB for the next 20 years.  He completed his career of service by driving a school bus for the Bear River School District.  He got a real chuckle when one of the school youngsters asked if “he had ever been in an airplane.”  Larry loved to learn as well.  He earned four bachelor degrees from Weber State University, with cum laude honors.

Larry loved to hunt and fish.  The fish at East Canyon Reservoir are resting a lot easier today.  He loved to attend the sporting events that his children and grandchildren were participating in.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and a special grandfather, A.J. Morgan.  Survivors include his wife Frances, brothers Allen Long, Steven Moore, Sisters DeLoris Cayias, Revona Stone  .  Children – Jim (Cindy) Moore, Inkom, ID; Jill (Blake) Christensen, Tremonton; Janice (Steve) Seely, Tremonton; Jay (Marjorie) Moore, Kaysville; Jeff (Judi) Moore, St. George.  16 grandchildren, and 30 1/2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 1, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Tremonton Stake Center, 660 N. 300 East, Tremonton, UT.  Viewings will be held Sunday evening 6-8 pm at the Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home, 111 North 100 East, Tremonton and 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Tremonton Stake Center, prior to the funeral service.  Interment in the Tremonton Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.rogersandtaylor.com

Dad we honor your life of courage, integrity, and service.  You are the Christian Soldier.  We love and will miss you!


Celia Zundel Bennett


Celia Zundel Bennett, 81, passed away March 25th, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Mom was born on July 9th, 1931, to Rosel and Celia Adele Nish Zundel, at their home in Plymouth, Utah. She was raised in West Fielding, Utah, on the family dairy farm, helping out with outside chores as well as housework. She attended school in Garland, Utah, graduating from Bear River High.

Mom married her one and only sweetheart, Roberts S. Bennett (Bob), in the Logan Temple on May 18, 1949.

She was a very busy young mother of seven, supervising 4-H clubs, teaching piano, sharing her singing talents, volunteering at the County Fair, and supporting Bob in his passion for horses.

Mom had to say goodbye to our dad some 39 years ago, and has excelled at fending for herself ever since. She still had three young children to raise, and did a great job of taking care of them on her own.

She began a career as a cook at several Tremonton area schools until her retirement at age 64.

Mom enjoyed acting, and was in several area plays. She later moved to Logan, where she enjoyed going to the temple and ushering at Ellen Eccles theatre. Mom has always strived to help others, even though she had her own challenges.

Celia was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many callings, from Stake Relief Society President, Music Director, chorister and organist, to officiating at the Logan Temple. She also fulfilled a mission to Hawaii.

Celia is survived by six of her children, Cindy Kamp (Steve), Apple Valley, Utah; Cheri Chournos (Allen), Syracuse, Utah; Kim Bennett (Annie), Lund, Nevada; Val Bennett (Connie) and Kelly Bennett (Irma), both of Tremonton; and Jennifer Rinderknecht (Guy), Ririe, Idaho. She is also survived by sisters JaNae Schaeffer and  Kathy Valdez; brothers Wynn Zundel, C. Nish Zundel,  Kerry Zundel;  and brother in law Jerald Cannon. She has 30 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, son John, grandsons Travis Larsen and Clancey Rinderknecht, and sister Rowane Cannon

A viewing will be held Friday, March 29th  from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Elwood LDS Chapel located at 4865 W 9600 N, Elwood Utah, and on Saturday, March 30th  from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 30th at 11:00 a.m. at the Elwood Chapel also. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery, in Tremonton.

Condolences may be sent at ruddfuneralhome.com


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