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Obituaries 8-14-2013

Monte Misrasi


BEAR RIVER CITY – Monte Misrasi, 71, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2013 at his home in Bear River City, Utah from atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

          He was born on February 4, 1942 in Bear River City, Utah, a son of Nick and Anthina Pulluqi Misrasi.  He attended and graduated from Bear River High School in 1960 and attended Weber State College.

          Monte served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from November 1965 to 1967.

          He married Kaylyn Gardner in March of 1969 in Elko, Nevada.

          He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

          Monte was a carpenter and belonged to the Carpenters Union 184 in his entire working career. He retired when he was 60, because of injuries falling off a building.

          He enjoyed hunting and working. If you had not done a full day work you had wasted it away.

          Surviving is his wife, Kaylyn; two children, Shane (Layla) Misrasi, Bountiful; Nichol Uhlmann of Boise, ID; five grandchildren, Cole, Caris and Taya Uhlmann and Jace and Tanner Misrasi; two brothers, Eli and Stephen Misrasi.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Lucille Craghead, one brother, Arthur Misrasi, and two nephews, Lynn Misrasi and Robert Craghead.

          In lieu of flowers, the family request donations made to your favorite charity or do a kind deed to your neighbor in need.

          Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bear River City Cemetery in Bear River City, Utah, where military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County.

          Email condolences to the family at www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com

Curtis Rex Pugsley


Curtis Rex Pugsley finished the final chapter of his mortal experience on August 10, 2013.  He completed his story with a heroic effort against cancer, just as he had heroically done everything else during his life.  Whenever Curtis set his mind to accomplishing his goals in life, he executed his plans like a champion – competitive sports, business, hunting, fishing, missionary work and most of all, his role as a husband and father.

In High School and College Curtis was a world class competitor in track. At Bear River High he played football and was on the track team where he was first in the State in the decathlon then first in the nation when he won the Dan Obrien meet. He achieved All-American status in the decathlon as a freshman at BYU and among other accomplishments was Conference Champion in the decathlon three times. His family and friends loved to watch him compete and after his marriage his wife and her family joined to support him. He made friends with the competitor’s from other teams and many became his lifelong friends.  He assisted other athletes with their techniques while competing and after College assisted other track teams as he had time. We loved him because his physical abilities never “went to his head”.  In his mind, he was just a regular guy.

The business world gave Curtis the opportunity to have his own company.  It was always a priority to him to work in a business that would allow him to “give it his all”, to operate with the highest level of integrity, to treat others fairly and to provide for his family.  No obstacle could defeat him; he was an eternal optimist, believing that he would succeed if he worked hard enough.  His enthusiasm was contagious and he was loved by those with whom he worked.

Curtis loved Park Valley, the outdoors and was an accomplished sportsman.  Whether hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, boating or golfing; he did them all well and included others by constantly praising them for what they did.

He was always everyone’s friend and this gift enabled him to impact so many lives. Curtis was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served faithfully in whatever calling was given him .He went on a mission to Australia. His love of the gospel was shared with so many as he continued his missionary work until the last days of his life. We as his family feel his mission continues on the other side.

Most of all, Curtis was a great son, brother, husband and father. He and Heidi married in the Salt Lake Temple in April of 2003 and adopted four children, bringing them into a loving and eternal family. Their marriage was a true love story.  Curtis worked hard to provide a home where his family could find peace and joy.  He fought until his last breath for his family.

Curtis, you will be sorely missed.  You were the glue, the exemplar, the visionary, the man without guile that inspired each of us.  Your constant message to all of us will be our guiding light in the days and years to come – “no worries”, continue to believe, be faithful, live the commandments, work hard, never quit, look for the good in others, never complain and always ask, “How can I help, what do you need?”

Curtis is survived by his wife Heidi; his mother and father, Debbie and Bruce Pugsley; his children, Caden, Collin, Mya and Makai; his brothers, Jake (Becky), Trent (Emily) and Jordan; his sisters, Heidi, Emilie (Lance) Westmoreland, Valynn (Kay) Kunzler, Cherie and Josie and loving in-laws from the Williams and Bishop families and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may greet the family at the Grasslands Chapel, 996 W. Center Street, Springville, UT on Tuesday, August 13th, from 10:00-11:30 AM.   Services will follow at the same location at 12:00 -1:00 PM.  A short graveside service will be held in Park Valley, UT at 6:00 PM at the Park Valley Cemetery.

Services entrusted to the Heideman Hughes Mortuary, American Fork, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Curtis Pugsley Athlete of the Year Award, an endowed fund at BYU that recognizes the top female and male track athletes each year.  To donate, go to give.byu.edu/pugsley


DeVon Sessions


DeVon Sessions, 72, passed away suddenly on Thursday August 8, 2013 at his home of a heart attack.  He was born August 10, 1940 in Tremonton, Utah, to Elzo Weston and Doris Annie Evans Sessions.  He was the youngest of three children.  He attended elementary school in Garland and graduated from Bear River High School where he was a member of the swim team and the football team.  DeVon then graduated from Hollywood Beauty College in Ogden, Utah, and opened RaeVon Beauty Salon where he worked for the next 17 years.

He married his sweetheart Connie Rae Giles on November 4, 1959 in the Logan LDS Temple.  They had two sons, Shawn and Scott. DeVon was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  His family was his most prized possession.  He loved bragging about his grandkids and their activities.

After closing the beauty salon, DeVon was employed at Smithfield Implement for 17 years, and later worked Utah State University for 17 years.  DeVon was a hard worker and instilled a great work ethic in his sons and grandchildren.

DeVon was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed many hobbies.  He was a member of the Box Elder County Posse, enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, shooting, trapping, metal detecting, Native American history and crafts, and was a master story teller.  It has been said that he never let the truth get in the way of a good story!

DeVon was very generous and was always looking for ways to help those who were less fortunate. Whether it was helping a young girl buy a barrel racing horse,  taking food to a needy family, or bringing an unexpected new friend home for dinner.

DeVon is survived by his wife Connie Rae, their children,  Shawn and Jill of Tremonton, Utah, and Scott and Stephanie of Mountain Home, Idaho.  Ten grandchildren, Cassie (Josh) Peters,  Shaneece Sessions, Zachary Beeson, Alexi Beeson, Bailey Beeson, Nicholas Beeson, Tyson Sessions, Lindsay Sessions, Ashley Sessions, Tanner Sessions, and two great-grandchildren Taylee Taylor, and Kru Peters. He is also survived by his brother Ray (Gayla) Sessions of Boulder, Colorado, and sister Burdeen (Claire) Bailey of Brigham City, Utah.

Funeral services will be held Thursday August 15, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Tremonton South Stake Center (1150 South Tremont St.). Viewings will be Wednesday August 14, 2013 from 6-8 pm at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home (111 North 100 East, Tremonton) and prior to the funeral at 9:30 – 10:30 at the church.
Condolences may be made at www.ruddfuneralhome.com

Pete Misrasi


Look in the dictionary under self made man, you will find a picture of Pete Misrasi.

Pete passed away in his home on August 7, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of Albanian immigrant parents.  His father died when he was 15 years old.   He quit school to run the family farm in order to support his mother and 4 younger siblings.  Pete grew up during the depression and learned the value of hard work and never lost his love for it his whole life.  During his early years of farming, Pete partnered with Dave Fridal, who was not only a mentor, but a life-long friend.

He was drafted into the service in 1950 and served in the 11th Airborne as a paratrooper.  Pete really enjoyed his years in the service and it instilled in him a sense of order, cleanliness and self-discipline.  He made deep and lasting friendships with fellow service-men that he enjoyed for the rest of his life.

Upon his return, he married Betty Iverson and began to accumulate farms and children.  Together Pete and  Betty ran a successful farm and cattle operation. They were the first farmers to sell tomatoes on the road side.   He was known all over the Bear River Valley for his sweet corn.  The family ran the vegetable operation for 40 years.

Following his exit from the produce business, Pete began a successful hay operation.  He was one of the few farmers in the valley who continued to produce small bales of hay.  He loved to sell to folks who had a few horses or goats.  He enjoyed visiting with them. Repeatedly he turned down large hay brokers who wanted his entire crop so that he could continue to sell to individuals.  He was concerned about what would happen if there was no hay for them and he loved to hear about their lives.

When he wasn’t selling hay, Pete and Betty enjoyed trips to Arizona where he became an expert house sitter and dog walker.   A favorite past-time, referred to as “junking” allowed Pete to relive the past and Betty to expand her vast collection of antique furniture and farm equipment.  They were often joined by his son David and his late daughter-in-law, Karen.  A favorite find of his was an old camo jacket purchased for Karen to which he added his Airborne insignia.

Unlike most folks, Pete never really retired.  He continued to work.  Work defined his life.  He loved it and instilled a strong work ethic in his five children. He is survived by his wife; Betty, children; Richard, David, Cyndi (Mark Stanger), Brian, Tyler (Wylynn); ten grandchildren, two step grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren, his brother Manuel (Shannon) Misrasi, and sisters Peggy Boucher and Melba Benson. He was preceded in death by his parents George K and Vanthia Misrasi; his sisters Marcetta, Tess, and Alexandra; two brothers Lewis and Peter; and daughter-in-law, Karen.  The family wishes to thank Dr Todd Miller for his assistance.

One of Pete’s strongest traits was generosity.  He never left home without a wad of small bills to give to those down on their luck.  During the fruit stand years, Pete always gave extra produce to single moms, large families and the elderly.  Given his concern for others and his ability to grow food, Pete would be pleased if in lieu of flowers, you would donate to one of  his favorite charities, the Tremonton Food Pantry, 180 South Tremonton, Utah 84337

Funeral services will be held Tuesday August 13, 2013 at 11 am at the Garland Tabernacle 140 West Factory Garland, Utah.  A viewing will be held Monday evening from 6-8 pm at the Garland Tabernacle and Tuesday morning from 9 to 10:30 am.  Interment will be in the Garland City cemetery.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


James “Mack” Christensen

Obit-Mack-ChristensenBear River City- James “Mack” Christensen age 90 passed away peacefully August 5, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Bear River City on August 25, 1922 to Arnold Christensen and Della Andersen. He was one of five children, one brother and three sisters.

He attended grade school in Bear River City and graduated from Box Elder High School in 1940. Mack worked on the family farm and in December of 1941 he joined the Army Air Force and was stationed with the 324th Bomb Squadron in England. He was honorably discharged in September of 1945 and returned to the family farm.

Mack married Lola Beth Petersen on August 5, 1949 in Brigham City. They built a home in Bear River where they lived for 62 years. Mack and Beth were sealed later as an eternal family in the Logan Temple.

They had four children: Toni (Sam) Millhone, Bear River; J. Craig (Kristy) Christensen, Bear River; Carol (Kenneth) Baugh, Honeyville and Kathy Ann Christensen who was born with a congenital heart defect and died at the age of 18 months after heart surgery.

Mack loved to farm and ranch, he was a tireless worker. The high point of his day was meeting with his many friends at JC’s to discuss weather and farming issues.

He enjoyed traveling the back roads and looking at the countryside. He adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; you could always find candy at grandpa’s house.

He is survived by his three children, ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren with number twelve on the way and one sister Peggy Tydeck.

He was preceded in death by his wife, daughter, parents, brother Conley and two sisters Barbara Fridal and Addie Christensen.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 10, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Bear River City LDS Chapel (5870 N 4700 W). Viewings will be held at the Bear River City Chapel on Friday evening August 9, 2013 from 6-8 pm and from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. previous to the funeral. Online condolences may be shared with at www.ruddfuneralhome.com.



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