Katie Grace Baxter Cook, 90, passed away August 30, 2016 in American Fork, Utah. She was born September 12, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Thomas Arnott Baxter, Sr. and Katie Grace Reudter Baxter. She married Jennings Bryan Cook January 8, 1945 in Downey, California. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple.
Katie was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served in just about every auxiliary, with dedication and enthusiasm. When her children were older, Katie worked in a high security government job, for the Southern California University, Berkley, as a secretary for Dr. Teller who developed the hydrogen bomb. Throughout her life, Katie was known for her acceptance and love of others as well as her generosity and hospitality toward all.
She is survived by her husband, Jennings of 71 years, her children: Jeannie (David) Reeve, and Mark Cook, 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son Timothy Alan Cook, two sisters and a brother.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest 4th Ward, 700 North 350 West, American Fork. A private, family only, viewing will be held at the church prior to the services from 12:45-1:45 p.m. Burial will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Melba Lee Nicholes, 90, passed away August 28, 2016. She was born on March 19, 1926 in Midvale, Utah to Theodore Frank Lee and Mary Snively Lee. She married Sydney DeVerel Nicholes in May 5, 1944 in Ely, Nevada. Melba’s focus and efforts went into her family. She loved and cared for every member of her family.
She is survived by her daughter: Kathleen N. (Gary) Allen, her grandchildren Troy and Tonya and 6 great grandchildren: Austin, Sydney, Brooklyn, Randy, Luke, and Wyatt.
She is proceeded in death by her husband and parents and two brothers Gail and Melvin.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. in the Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland. A viewing will be held Friday morning prior to the services from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery.
E. Jay Nelson – 1944 – 2016
Summing up a loved one’s life in just a few paragraphs is an incredibly difficult task and, to anyone who really knew Dad, perhaps even unnecessary. To any such people, the mere mention of Dad’s name brings back a whirlwind of memories.
Dad was an incredible and amazingly hard worker. Never one to sit still, at least for not very long, he was always physically or mentally in motion. The task was irrelevant; everything from mundane yard work to disassembling and repairing complex machinery, Dad took it all very seriously, and never did anything by half measures. It did not matter if the sun was out or if it was bitterly cold, if the job had to be done, he made certain it was done and done right. He often said that he would rather wear out than rust out.
But he didn’t just work hard. Dad always kept a sharp eye, looking for a better way to accomplish tasks more efficiently. There really is a right way and a wrong way to dig with a shovel, to install roofing shingles, to lift heavy items, to change brake shoes on a car, anything that requires doing. He taught his children all these things, many of which he learned the hard way. Sometimes we’d marvel at an elegant solution he’d come up with and ask him how he learned that, to which he’d often reply that he learned it at the “school of hard knocks”.
Dad would invent solutions to problems, some of which he put into practice and some that he’d discuss with us and mentally file away for future use. One example was when financial circumstances required that he change jobs and start over at a new shop. He pretty much kept to himself at first and observed three or four of his new co-workers struggling to manhandle a large piece of machinery in a vain attempt to hold it in position and bolt into place. Shortly thereafter he faced the same task but rather than fight it the way they had done he devised an ingenious system that adapted available machinery in the shop to lift and balance the parts so that he could simply and easily bolt them together all by himself, to the astonishment of the other mechanics. No matter where Dad worked he always ended up being the “go-to” guy for advice and assistance on virtually all the difficult tasks that came along.
Dad had little tolerance for tardiness and emphasized the importance of being on-time or, better yet, to be a little bit early. He’d “encourage” us to get our act together in this regard by reminding us in a commanding voice that if everyone else can get their you-know-what there on time then by God so can you! He was a man of his word, and if he told someone he’d be somewhere or help with something you could be assured that he would.
On occasions where he would allow himself to relax enough to pursue non-work related interests, he would thoroughly immerse himself. He recalled that as a teenager he became obsessed with the bow and arrow and would target practice until his fingers would bleed, always trying to improve his skill. He had a similar passion for fly fishing, and taught himself to tie his own amazing and very effective flies. Over the years there was metal and wood working, agriculture, hunting, photography, and archaeology, among others. He loved animals. If there was a dog or a cat in the vicinity, somehow it made it to his side.
Dad was very generous with all of his children. Since moving out on our own we have lived under roofs that he helped shingle, in rooms that he helped paint, with plumbing that he helped assemble, and driven cars that he has helped repair. He kept us sane and provided advice and sympathy when life’s circumstances would seemingly become overwhelming. He allowed us to make our own decisions and emphasized that he would support us no matter what.
Above all, Dad was deeply devoted and hopelessly in love with Mom, and she with him. There were bumps along the way, particularly in the early years, but they always worked everything out. They were equal partners in every endeavor they undertook, and taught us life’s important lessons not just with words but by example. They spent the last 54 years showing us why being with the right person is very special indeed. We will miss you terribly Dad.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 10:00 am at the American Fork Cemetery, 100 East 650 North American Fork Utah 84003.
Gwendolyn Pymm (Bruderer) Leitch
Gwen passed peacefully into the next life on August 26, 2016 at the home of her son with her children with her in Lehi. She was 92 years old. She was born in Holden, Utah on July 24, 1924 to Roy and Emma Pymm. Roy had to drag the doctor out of the 24th of July celebration parade as Gwen was delivered at home. She grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from East High School. She worked many office jobs but the longest was at the Salt Lake City Board of Education.
She married Willard H. Bruderer and had 4 children: Brent, Cheryl and Scott. Lisa was stillborn. She later divorced and married Robert Leitch. Robert passed away unexpectedly. She then met her companion of nearly 40 years, Leland D. Pearson. Her activities were golf, bowling and needle work. Her greatest joy was her 45 grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also has 1 great great granddaughter. She was a member of the LDS Church.
She is survived by her 3 children Brent (Margie) Bruderer of West Fargo, ND; Cheryl (Dave) Kindred of Liberty Lake, WA; Scott (Jill) Bruderer of Lehi, UT and a legacy of many grand and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Willard; second husband Robert, her companion Leland, a brother Garth Pymm and a stillborn daughter Lisa.
Cremation has taken place and a short informal memorial service will be held Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland.
Thank you very much to Intermountain Homecare & Hospice for their assistance and care in making her end in this life very comfortable.
Gwen wanted everyone to know that she was a lifelong, diehard Democrat, but she died prematurely so that she wouldn’t have to vote for Hillary.
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Jay Craig Burdette, 75, passed away August 21, 2016 in Orem, Utah. Born October 30, 1941 in Salt Lake City to Clarence Edward and Janice Erickson Burdette. He married Lois Kaye Burdette February 14, 1958 Los Angeles County, California. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple.
Craig loved to work with young people. He loved golf and Dodger baseball. Craig was an active member of the LDS Church and served as a bishop in Monrovia, California.
He is survived by his sons: Kyle (Adrienne) Burdette, Kevin (Melody) Burdette, Chad (Liza) Burdette, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11: a.m. in the Eagle Mountain Stake Center, 2977 E Saddle Rock Road. A viewing will be held prior to the service at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Lehi Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Edward Albert Ether Rich (Ted), 100, passed away August 21, 2016 in Provo, Utah. He was born March 30, 1916 in Salt Lake City to Edward Stokes and Eleanor Jane Atkinson Rich, the fifth of ten children. He attended East High School where he met “that beautiful girl in the blue dress” who everyone called “Pete” while they both worked on the yearbook committee. He attended the University of Utah and in May of 1937, graduated in electrical engineering with high honors. He was also very active in the ROTC program throughout all his years at East High and the U of U, eventually being appointed Student Commander of the Field Artillery Unit. A month after graduation, he married Florence Ellen Van Dorn (Pete), “that girl in the blue dress,” on June 28, 1937 in Salt Lake City. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Mount Timpanogos Temple.
Immediately after their marriage, they loaded all their possessions into their 1928 Chevy Coupe and drove to Schenectady, New York where Ted had obtained a job working for General Electric. He started work there on July 26, 1937 initially in Large Motor and Engine Design, then Industrial Engineering in mining, and eventually transferring to Cement and Glass Applications. He led GE in applying Automatic Process Control to Cement and Glass Industries obtaining many awards and honors along the way. However, his work also resulted in much travel throughout the states and all over the world. He once estimated he traveled over 1000 times for GE, sometimes being away for three to four weeks.
Ted was also very active in the electrical engineering professional association called the AIEE/IEEE Industry Applications Society. After retirement from GE in March, 1982, he became editor of the IEEE/IAS Transactions bimonthly journal, reviewing and editing all research papers submitted before publishing. He served in that capacity until 1996 when at age 80 he once again retired.
During the years in New York, Ted was also very active in the LDS Church. He served in the District Presidency for 16 years and was District President for eight of those years. Ted witnessed much growth and development as Church membership increased on the East coast. He helped build several chapels in the area as well as building their family home in Schenectady. In January of 1952 he had completed enough of the house so the family could move in. Ted and Pete raised four children in their home, had various pets and special dinners, housed missionaries occasionally, and had many visitors and guests. After 53 years in Schenectady, they downsized, sold their home, and moved to American Fork, UT. Ted and Pete continued to be involved in a bowling league, church activities, and many family gatherings and events.
He is survived by his children: Ed (Morrissa) Rich, Katherine (James) Rosenvall, David Rich, Lorraine Davis, 24 grandchildren and 68 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 77 years in May of 2014, daughter-in-law Lynn Brereton Rich, and great-granddaughters Kate and Lily Rosenvall.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 30th Ward chapel, 270 N. 900 E. American Fork. A viewing will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Saturday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the American Fork 30th Ward. Burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
Joe W. Bond, 82, passed away August 23, 2016 in American Fork, Utah. Born May 25, 1934 in Heber City to Van LeRoy Bond and Ida May Lee. He married Joyce Erekson June 8, 1955 in the Manti Temple.
Joe grew up in Heber City and graduated from Wasatch High where he excelled in basketball. He received both a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Brigham Young University. He taught industrial arts at American Fork Junior High and drafting at Pleasant Grove High. He served faithfully in various church callings and touched many lives. He loved to work in his shop and built everything from doll furniture to a house.
He is survived by his wife Joyce, children: Scott (Karen) Bond and Lisa (Dennis) Riley, 9 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and sister Betty Brode. Preceded in death by parents, a daughter Janet Brooks, daughter-in-law Kimberly Bond, and siblings Max, Lois, and Raymond.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 5th Ward Chapel, 380 S. 300 E. A viewing will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Friday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Margarita Bonilla, 73, passed away August 18, 2016 in Provo, Utah. Born September 29, 1942 in Santurce, Puerto Rico to Ramon Bonilla and Generosa Lugo Bonilla.
Margarita served 2 LDS missions to Mexico and Ecuador. She was an amazing woman loved by all who met her.
She is survived by her children: José Perez, Jr., Deborah (Jerry) Cockburn, Annette (Robert) Roldan, Diane Perez, Arleen (Harold) Davidson, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, several brothers and sisters.
Graveside services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at American Fork Cemetery, 600 North Center Street. Under the direction of Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. Please share a memory below.
Quinn Hampton was an amazing son, brother, and friend. He loved with all his heart and wanted peace and happiness for all of those he loved. Quinn has now found his own peace and happiness. On August 15, 2016 he journeyed back to be with his father: Gordon Kent Hampton, a grandfather: Del B. Hampton, grandmothers: Shirley Hampton and Carol Tripp, and friends who passed before. He leaves behind his mother: Jody Fraughton, sister: Denise Hampton, grandfather: Vernon Delyle Fraughton, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and good friends.
Quinn was born December 16, 1977 in American Fork Utah, a little brown eyed ball of energy, ready to go. He loved camping, fishing, and the beautiful mountains of Utah. Sports were big with Quinn and baseball was his favorite. He started with T-ball and played through pony league. He was a great catcher! He attended school in Pleasant Grove and received an Associate’s degree from UVU.
Quinn never did figure out what he wanted to do when he grew up. He tried hotel clerk, concrete worker, shipping/receiving, assembly line, production worker, and telecommunications technician. But wherever he was and whatever he was doing, he made friends.
Quinn’s friendships were very important to him. He was quick to be there and forever loyal. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to help a friend. Quinn was a kind, loving, giving soul. He couldn’t stand to see any one in need and not offer help. Whether it was money to the people on the corner or giving a hitchhiker a ride, even if it was way out of his way, Quinn was in.
Quinn was his mother’s helping hand. He was always there to help with yard work, gardening and home improvement projects. Together he and his mom honed their skills and became pretty good amateur remodelers. Quinn you will be so missed by all of us who knew and loved you and love you still.
A celebration of Quinn will be held for family and friends on Saturday August 27th. Please join us at Bandwagon park in Lehi, 900 North 300 West, at the west pavilion at noon.
Jack Emil Larsen, 95, passed away August 15, 2016 surrounded by his family. Jack was born on April 2, 1921 in Ogden, Utah to Emil and Grace Addie Stewart Larsen. He attended Weber College where he served as the student body president. Jack served during World War II in the Army Air Corp. His career was in professional sales and management. Jack organized and directed the American Fork Civic Chorus for many years.
Jack married Anne Bingham January 6, 1943 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Anne was Jack’s accompanist for her whole life. Anne passed away November 2, 1997. Jack performed in the Ogden Pioneer Days Production (All Faces West) from 1946 to 1948. He was a frequently requested singer at many funerals and other civic events. Jack was the Emcee of the Miss American Fork Pageant in the 1970’s and was instrumental in helping many vocal groups and youth groups with their school functions.
He is survived by Susan Kay Haycock, Jule Anne (Lynn) Cook, Mary Lu (Gill) Lund, Jack Bingham (Julie) Larsen, Shalana Joy (Kim) Robinson, Timothy E Larsen, and 33 Grandchildren 74 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. A viewing will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary prior to the services. Burial will be in the Ogden City Cemetery.
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