Darrell F Dean, 89, passed away peacefully Friday morning, May 23, 2014 from natural causes. He was born Dec. 9, 1924 in American Fork, Utah to Oscar James Dean and Annie Louise Sims. He married June Thompson, Sept. 22, 1953 in Elko, NV. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on May 16, 1992.
He is survived by the following children: Sondra (Gary) Angell, Taylorsville; Larry (Sherrie) Williams, American Fork; Norine (Alan) Johnson, Orem; Janet (Jeffrey) Worms, American Fork; one sister, Bernice Beckstead, Riverton. He was also the proud grandpa of 31 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons, Reed Dean; Howard A. Cunningham, and his daughter Rose Ann Dean Wright, his parents , four brothers: Reed, Elwood, Rolland, Clifford; three sisters: Laurena, Hazel and Norma.
In 89 years he lived a full live. His life was one that saw many changes. He lived through the Great Depression. He witnessed wars and inventions that changed the world. He watched the first man walk on the moon. He studied history and witnessed the rise and fall of leaders and countries. He was a proud member of "The Greatest Generation". Fighting in both WWII and Korea. Yet the thing he lived for and worked hardest for was his family and his friends. He never turned a person in need away. Darrell left this earth to be with his eternal sweetheart, his children and his family.
We now invite you to celebrate his life and his farewell to a journey well deserved. His services will be held at 1 pm Friday, May 30, 2014 at Anderson & Sons Mortuary,49 East 100 North, Am. Fork. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at the American Fork Cemetery.
Florence (“Pete”) Ellen Van Dorn Rich
October 26, 1914 – May 16, 2014
Florence ("Pete") Ellen Van Dorn Rich, age 99, passed away quietly on Friday, May 16, 2014, in Orem, Utah, due to causes incident to age.
Pete was born October 26, 1914, near Craig, Colorado, the daughter of John Milo and Lily Della Van Dorn. Her family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, while she was a young child. She graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City in 1932 and immediately thereafter found employment as a sales person in retail stores where she worked until she married Edward (“Ted”) A. E. Rich on June 28, 1937. They then moved to Schenectady, NY, where Ted began working as a Test Engineer for the General Electric Company, and Pete obtained employment with the Wallace Company, a retail department store in Schenectady.
Pete gave birth to four children in Schenectady. She was a marvelous homemaker in the raising of her children, and also hosted all the grandchildren for one summer each when they turned 12 years old. She and Ted took them all over the East and enjoyed a special week or two at Cape Cod almost every year. She and Ted also hosted two foreign exchange students for a school year each – Katsuhiko Kimura from Japan, and Angie Diaz from Chile. They traveled throughout the U.S. with their children while Ted was on business trips for G.E. A special memory was in 1997 when they (along with almost all of their descendants and spouses) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary while spending several days on a houseboat on Lake Powell, Utah.
Pete made friends wherever she went, even during the last 4 months when she lived at Canyon Cove Assisted Living in Orem. On several occasions Pete provided care in her home for women in need of extended, round-the-clock assistance, even when her own children were still quite young. She quickly became acquainted with neighbors and other community members through activities such as garden club and bowling. Her beautiful flowering rock gardens and terraces around their home in West Hill were a great tribute to her gardening ability. She was an avid bowler for about 50 years. During her many years of league bowling she acquired many trophies attesting to her comparative excellence in that sport. Her bowling ball and well-worn shoes were finally retired about four years ago.
Pete participated actively in school, church and community organizations. She was active in PTA and hosted Primary in her home in Scotia before there was an LDS meeting place in the Schenectady area. Missionaries lived in their home for many years. At the age of 89 Pete was baptized a member of the LDS Church by her husband. In 1969 Pete began 46 years of service as a dedicated and faithful volunteer for the blood collection arm of the Red Cross.
Pete is survived by her husband of nearly 77 years, Edward Rich; four children: Edward Rich Jr. (Morrissa) of Salt Lake City, UT; Katherine Rosenvall (James) of Provo, UT; David Rich (Lynn) of Temecula, CA; Lorraine Davis of American Fork, UT; 24 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; one sister: Georgean Ott of Spokane, WA.
Preceded in death by her parents, sisters Mary Calton and Fern Hesselberg and brothers Carroll and John (“Jack”) Van Dorn.
Funeral services will be held in the American Fork 30th Ward building, 261 North 900 East, American Fork, UT, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Friends may call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North in American Fork, and between 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. at the American Fork 30th Ward building just prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Thelma Lucile Conrad Overly passed away May 18, 2014 in Alpine, Utah. She was born December 14, 1915, in Sunnyside, Utah. When she was a small child, her family moved to Alberta, Canada.
She spent her formative years in Taber, a small town near Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. After high school graduation, she moved to Provo, Utah where she received her beautician’s license. She became a "beauty operator" in a small beauty shop on University Avenue and 5th North. She met Don Overly and they were married in 1938 in Bow River, Alberta, Canada. They were sealed in the Manti temple in 1963. In 1941 they moved to American Fork, Utah where Don was employed by the Alpine School District as a teacher and coach.
They lived and raised their children in American Fork, except for a short period when Don was serving in the Armed Forces during WWII. Thelma was active in the LDS church and held multiple callings, including serving in a Relief Society Presidency. She also served as a hospital volunteer in the Pink Lady Association for 30 years. She was employed for a period of time as a clerk at Priday's Office Supply and made many friends there.
She loved doing handiwork (crocheting, knitting, sewing, and quilting), gardening and reading. She was a member of several literary clubs, serving three times as President. Thelma's main role was that of wife and mother, keeping everything running smoothly as Don was very involved in school and community activities.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Don C. Overly; her parents, Warren and Emma Conrad; her siblings: Harry and Charles Conrad and Julia Conrad Bullock. She is survived by her three children: Don C. (Aliene) Overly, Cedar City, Utah; Susan (Lyle) Van Orden, New Harmony, Utah; Kent (Connie) Overly, Draper, Utah. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North in American Fork on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. A viewing will be held from 8:45-9:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery.
Don LaVon Cook of Pleasant Grove, Utah passed away Monday, May 12, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Don was born in Rigby, Idaho on May 29, 1943 to John William and Philena Barrington Cook.
As a young man he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rochester, New York. While serving as a missionary he enjoyed being a part of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, where he was able to play an important role in that great production.
Following his mission he enrolled at Ricks College. It was while he was attending Ricks that he met his sweetheart, Ruth Larsen. They were married August 30, 1968 in the Idaho Falls temple.
After graduating from Ricks, he went to BYU where he earned his bachelors degree in the field of social work. He worked in that field for many years and loved to associate with and serve people of all walks of life. He served as the director of the Retired Senior Volunteer program for Salt Lake County. After he retired from Salt Lake County he worked for Community Action in Provo, Utah.
He served faithfully in the LDS church as a member of a stake mission presidency, a member of the stake high council, Scoutmaster, as well as a bishop. Don also enjoyed the time he spent serving with his wife as a Guest Service Missionary at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The most important part of his life had always been his wife and his family. Don is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. Don is survived by his wife Ruth, and his three brothers, Dale, William and Melvin Cook, and his sister Ila Sellers. Don is also survived by his three children, Rachelle (Scott) Davies, Todd (Aliesha) Cook, and Ryan (Camie) Cook and 10 grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Envision Home Health and Hospice, and the Beehive House in American Fork for their time and care.
A viewing will be held Friday evening, May 16, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson and Sons Mortuary at 49 East 100 North in American Fork, Utah. The funeral will be held Saturday, May 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the Orchard Ward LDS chapel located at 828 South Locust Avenue in Pleasant Grove, Utah. A viewing will also be held at the church at 9:45-10:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 17, prior to the funeral services.
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