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Obituaries – July 9, 2014

Ward Dwight Whitaker

1949 – 2014


TREMONTON – Ward Dwight Whitaker, 65, of Tremonton, Utah passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2014 at McKay Dee Hospital after a long battle with health issues.

Ward was born, February 11, 1949 in Brigham City, Utah, a son of Shirley and Idella Barfus Whitaker.

He married Lana Lee Williams on April 25, 1969. Together they had four daughters and a son. They later divorced. He then married the true love of his life, Edith Marilyn Houskeeper on July 14, 2009.

Ward worked 20 years for North Star and ten years for ABC.

He enjoyed gold mining, metal detecting, fishing, camping, time with Edith at his antique store “Little Gold Treasures”, going to auctions, thrift stores shopping, traveling, and late night trips to the casinos. He especially loved treasured time with his new wife, spending time with his grandchildren and helping others.

Ward was a Veteran of the Vietnam War in the Army 173 Airborne Brigade; stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Surviving is his wife, Edith, his mother, Idella Whitaker Nielson, four daughters: Wendi (Todd) Barker, Teresa Ross, Linda (Jerimy) Anderson, and Shanelle (Aaron) Potter, 11 Grandchildren and one Great-grandchild, three brothers: Roger Whitaker, Ivan Whitaker, Colin Whitaker, and a sister, Kristine Crockett.

Preceded in death by his father, his son, Lenny Ward Whitaker, and faithful dog, Benny.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Watkins Park, 600 West, Brigham City, UT with Military Honors Accorded. Casual dress is suggested.

Donations may be made to the Mortuary to cover the cost of the funeral in lieu of flowers.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.

My Sweetheart, Keep your miners light on for me to light the way for me until I get there. RIP my sweet love, Edith.


Kelly Kent Beckstrom Obit-Kelly-Kent-Beckstrom

NIBLEY – Beloved husband, father, grandfather (Bompa), son, brother, and friend, Kelly Kent Beckstrom died peacefully on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at age 55, in Houston, Texas, at the MD Anderson Cancer Medical Center surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with a rare and aggressive anaplastic thyroid cancer diagnosed April 4, 2014.

He was born Nov. 28, 1958, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first child and only son of Kent McKell and Jeraldine Andersen Beckstrom. He had a very happy childhood. He attained his Eagle Scout Award at the age of 13. He attended Davis High School where he was Senior Class President and All State Football Full Back (just like his Grandpa Andersen).

Following his full time mission in Minneapolis, Minnesota for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1977-1979), he married his sweetheart, Ruthe Packer in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Dec. 5, 1980.

Kelly was the co-owner of the Kent’s Marketplace Grocery Chain of Northern Utah and the ACE Hardware Store in Brigham City, Utah.

He enjoyed being with his family, hunting, fishing, horseback and mule riding, farming, scuba diving, playing racquetball, flying, golfing and supporting his family in sports.

He rarely missed his children’s events and games. His entire life was centered around his family and caring for them in every way.  He received more joy from spending time with them in whatever they were doing.  They meant the world to him. He was such a supportive husband and father.

Kelly was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved his Savior, Jesus Christ! He showed his testimony by the way he lived his life – – in service to others. So often he was found (night or day) helping family and friends.

His favorite church calling was teaching sunbeams with his sweetheart, Ruthe.

Kelly is survived by his wife, Ruthe Packer, one son, Kyle Beckstrom, four daughters, Monica (Gabe) Mund; Heidi (Travis) Burton; McKell (Joseph) Jackson; Mindi Beckstrom; nine grandchildren, Saige, Maycie, Payton, Beck, Mitt, Violet, Taygen, Flynn, Lars Kelly and one on the way; parents, Kent and Jeraldine Beckstrom; sisters, Kathy ( Dave) Lloyd; Toni (David) McKay; Amy (Jeff) Johansen.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Malcolm (Mel) and Lena Andersen and Bill and Della Beckstrom.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., and on Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Nibley Stake Center, 3650 S. 450 W., Nibley, Utah.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 11, at noon, at the Nibley Stake Center.

Interment will be in the Millville Cemetery, 204 N. 100 E., Millville, Utah.

Email condolences to www.gilliesfuneralchapel.com

Funeral Directors, Gillies Funeral Chapel, Brigham City, UT 435-723-5326


Marian Anderson


Marian Carter Anderson born on July 28, 1937, passed away on July 7, 2014.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 11, at noon, at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home (111 N. 100 E.). There will be viewings held on Thursday evening July 10, 2014 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Rogers & Taylor Funeral Home and prior to the funeral on Friday from 10:30- 11:30 a.m.

Please refer to www.ruddfuneralhome.com for a full obituary and a full obituary will run in a later edition of the Leader.


Steve Chadaz



TREMONTON- Steven Frank Chadaz, a ‘Journey of Life and Love’, passed away surrounded by family early the morning of July 4, 2014 in Ogden, UT. He was the 4th of 5 children born on January 30, 1953 in Tremonton, Utah to Frank and Ada Chadaz.

He attended McKinley Elementary and then Bear River High School where he was on student council, a member of the Future Farmers of America, in the A Cappella Choir and played trombone with the Bear River High Lansirs.

He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the New Zealand North Mission and then married the love of his life, Susan Ramsdell, on June 10, 1976 in the Logan Temple.

He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and taught at River Heights Elementary School in Logan. After living in Hyrum, UT for 8 years he accepted a Human Resource position at Thiokol Corporation and moved his family to Tremonton, UT. He served as a member of the Tremonton City Council and on the board of Members First Credit Union. He earned a Masters in Counseling and then another Masters in School Administration and returned to teaching. He taught at Alice C. Harris where he also was a counselor, was Vice Principal at Bear River High School, Principal at Dale Young Community High in Brigham City, and finally returned to his beloved McKinley Elementary as Principal. He loved the children and teachers there; they made him smile.

He held many callings in the Church which included Bishop of Tremonton 8th ward and Executive Secretary for the Tremonton South Stake. His most recent callings were a temple worker at the Brigham City Temple and High Councilman for the Tremonton Stake.

He loved to work in the yard, play with his grandkids, talk and laugh with neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Larry (Vickie), and 2 twin grandchildren Ryanne & Tamarrah.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; 4 children Tarrah (Ryan), Tyson (Alyson), Torie (Matt), Tanner, 14 grandchildren; and siblings, Valene (Steve), Vance (Wilma), Brian (Monica)

His testimony, in his words, “As we joyfully use the map our loving Father has provided for our journey, it will lead us to holy places and we will rise to our greatest potential. I am thankful for the journeys I have encountered so far in my life. I have learned many things, sometimes the hard way but it has made me a better person. I have also learned through receiving and giving that I feel better about myself and I can see how others benefit from Christ’s love. I am so thankful for my life’s journey.”

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11am at the Garland Tabernacle, 140 W. Factory St., Garland, UT. Viewings will be held at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home, 111 N 100 E, Tremonton, UT 84337 on Tuesday, July 8th from 6-8pm and Wednesday at Garland Tabernacle, from 9:00-10:30am.

Online condolences may be shared at www.ruddfuneralhome.com


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