Just one month short of their 75th Wedding Anniversary, LeRoy Drews Riska passed away on January 14, 2018. He was born on June 22, 1922 in Draper, Utah to Mathias John and Louise Wilhelmina Drews Riska. He was the youngest of their four children.
Roy grew up in Draper, Utah, graduating from Jordan High School. Roy served in the army during World War II. On February 20, 1943 while home on leave, he married his sweetheart, Norma Hunter Riska in the Salt Lake Temple.
Roy worked as an Assayer for the Midvale Smelter, and later for Kennecott Copper on their University of Utah Campus. When he retired from Kennecott he decided to return to school at the University of Utah, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography.
Roy was active in the LDS Church, serving in many positions, including Bishop, High Councilman, and 2 Stake Presidencies. Roy and Norma served a mission in the Honolulu, Hawaii Mission Office from June 1989 to December 1990. Roy was a Docent at the Church Museum for 20 years, a calling he dearly loved.
Roy is survived by his loving wife, Norma and a daughter Nicolene Riska Turnbow (Parley). He is preceded in death by their son, Ryan Hunter Riska. At his passing he had 11 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Von Welch for his kindness and loving care, and the many others who have taken care of Roy over the last few years.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at the LDS Church located at 11162 North Alpine Highway, Highland, Utah, with a viewing from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to the funeral.
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Eudie Scott Craig Crawley, 95, passed away January 14, 2018 in American Fork, Utah. Born January 4, 1923 in El Dorado, Arkansas to Willie Elmer Craig and Leona Campbell Craig. She married Owen Tiller Crawley, Sr. on October 31, 1947 in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Scott was a very active person who loved golf, bowling, and genealogy. She was active in politics and very active in the LDS church serving in many positions. She knew all of the words to most of the hymns.
She is survived by her children: Robert (Jeannie) Crawley, Elizabeth “Betty” (Rodney) Poché, Kathryn “Kitsy” (Dennis) Ethier, Owen (Tami) Crawley, Jr, 21 Grandchildren, 98 Great Grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, and siblings: Lou Craig and Faye McAllister. Preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her siblings Estelle Riley, Ira Craig, Bobbie French, Clyde Craig, and Jack Craig.
Funeral services will be held Saturday January 20, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Highland Avonmore LDS Building, 5848 West 11000 North where a viewing will be held Friday from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the services. Burial in the Highland Cemetery. Please share a memory below.
John Lee Gunter, age 81, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was born October 28, 1936, to Hubert and Beatrice Rollyson Gunter in Heaters, West Virginia. In 1954, he graduated from St. Albans High and then attended West Point and Marshall College where he met Diane Wright. And in John’s own words, “The moment I saw Diane, I knew I was going to marry her”. John and Diane were married June 1st 1959 in Pulaski, Virginia. Later he attended Brigham Young University culminating in a BS in Sociology and a PH.D. in Physics.
After which, John worked in an array of positions around the country with his family in tow. From helping develop the first Brail Machine for the blind and working as a Senior Engineer on the first Government commissioned Space Shuttle to being Dean of the Computer Science College at Rochester Institute of Technology and holding an executive position under Utah’s Governor Calvin Rampton. Most recently John was the Founder and CEO of TEL electronics. John’s hobbies were just as varied as his career ranging from singing in a barbershop quartet, and writing poetry, to juggling and painting. No matter the position, John supported and loved his family. He will always be remembered as unique, intelligent, and a life-long learner.
John is survived by his wife, Diane, and his children: Robin (Layne) Brown, Sean (Angel) Gunter, Shannon (Jodi) Gunter, John, Jr. (Brooxie) Gunter, Joshua Gunter, and 18 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Ann Huffman, and his daughter, Joni Gunter Villardell-Partridge.
A viewing will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Friday morning from 9:45-10:45 prior to the services. Funeral services will be held Friday,January 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary. The address is 49 East 100 North in American Fork. The burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Alice Mack Jorgensen, 95, died peacefully of natural causes incident to age, January 11, 2018, surrounded by her daughters.
Alice was born August 14, 1922, in Ogden, UT, to Atrilla and Ruby Mack. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Riverside , CA, where she enjoyed a wonderful childhood. Although she lived in many places, she always said she was a “California girl.” She loved being by the ocean.
She graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1940. She worked as an assistant to a local doctor and did everything that today’s nurses do.
While living in Riverside, she met her future husband Lt. Glade Jorgensen, from American Fork, UT, at a church activity. He was serving in the Army Air Corp at March Field in Riverside. They carried on their courtship by mail while he served as a bomber pilot during WWII. They were married in Riverside on May 12, 1943, and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple a week later.
Alice and Glade settled in the San Francisco Bay area. They built several homes, and she participated actively in the construction. They became the parents of four daughters. Alice will be remembered for the many family traditions she created that are still practiced today by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Alice served in several leadership positions in the LDS Church, including Ward and Stake RS President. In 1972, she organized a choir of 350 women from the Palo Alto Stake to sing in General Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.
Alice and Glade served in the Auckland, New Zealand mission in 1987. They served many years in the Timpanogos Temple. Alice was an avid genealogist.
Alice was a devoted grandmother. Her humor, creativity and loving touch were shared with everyone, family or not. Her home was an open door to all. She remained sweet and loving to the end. She never complained, never spoke an unkind word and thanked everyone for the care given in her behalf.
Alice is survived by her three sisters, Elaine Whitlock, June Walker and Marilyn Raymer; her four daughters Gail (Judd) Hixson, Connie (Doug) Howard, Alisa Nelson, Marlaine (Matt) Wray; 19 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband.
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 19, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in the American Fork 14th Ward Chapel, 1100 E. 396 N. A viewing will be held previous to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Online memories and condolences may be shared at Andersonmortuary.com.
Sara J Bean, of American Fork, passed away January 10, 2018. Born December 13, 1988 in American Fork, Utah the daughter of Bruce Kenneth and Robin Blanco Bean. Sara was a very talented and artistic person who loved making things for her family. She was a loving aunt who helped raise and babysit many nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her parents, her siblings: Candy Morris; Tracey Duncan; Adam (Victoria) Bean; her grandmothers Joan Bean and Gloria Blanco and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brother Robert Morris.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary Chapel, 49 East 100 North., Am Fork where a viewing will be held Monday from 6 to 8 pm and Tuesday from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the services. Please share a memory at below.
Dennis Vaughn Earl
Dennis passed away in the afternoon of January 10th, 2018. The first of four children, Dennis was born in Salt Lake City’s Holy Cross Hospital to Alma and Irene Earl of American Fork, Utah on December 15th, 1942 at 3:40pm. He is preceded in death by Bonnie Argyle (Sister), Calvin Earl (Brother), Sharon Earl (Spouse), and is survived by Sharon Bass (Sister).
As a youth, Dennis became very proficient on the Saxophone. He also developed a strong affinity for electricity and tinkering from his Grandfather. Dennis graduated from American Fork High School in 1961. He served as President of the JC’s and later served in the Army National Guard from 1961 to 1969 as an Expert Weapons Specialist. During this time, Dennis met Sharon Robertson, married, and remained in American Fork raising a family of four surviving children: Tonya Ackerman, Kimberly Gauer, Pamela Spier, and Nathan Earl.
After working in the construction field for a number of years Dennis began a fulfilling career at U.S. Steel (Geneva) where he worked as an electrician for 25 years meanwhile attaining a Degree in Electronics Engineering through Welteck College’s apprenticeship program. Once Geneva closed in 1987, he went back to school at Utah Valley Community College to earn a Robotic and Automated Systems Degree. Not long after, he took over his Father’s farming operation raising cattle and hay.
Dennis enjoyed many hobbies such as; hunting, fishing, wood-work, auto restoration, coin, stamp, and gun collecting. He also had a deep affection and ability to care for animals including: a ferret, a parrot, fish, turtles, dogs, chickens, geese, racoons, and horses. Those who knew Dennis well will remember his extreme mechanical intelligence, his peculiar humorous phrases, his endless physical energy, his ability to build and repair just about anything, and his willful persistence in overcoming many difficult personal and physical challenges. He will be deeply missed and loved.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Carol Elaine Rands Fessler, residing in Hemet, CA passed away early Sunday morning January 7th 2018 at the age of 82, 4 days prior to her 83rd Birthday. Carol died at Hemet Valley Medical Center from Acute Hypoxic Respiratory Failure, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and The Flu.
Carol was the oldest child of Morrell Roland Rands and Josephine Annie Watkins and was born in Ogden Utah. She was married to Glenn Fredric Fessler in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Together they raised 5 children. Carol was preceded in death by her Husband Glenn Fessler and Daughter Valli Dawn Fessler Corrigan. Carol is survived by her sons Burt Alan Fessler, Mark Brian Fessler and Wesley Warren Fessler and her daughter Vicki Linn Fessler Korth. She is also survived by her sister Sherry Rands Chao. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and counting.
Carol was a devoted and loving mother who sacrificed her personal time and talents to make sure her children were blessed with the things she thought they needed. Most importantly was providing a home her children would be comfortable bringing their friends to and she treated them all like one of her own. She always had freshly baked cookies, brownies and other snacks ready and all felt welcome when coming to the Fessler home. Everyone who met Carol instantly became one of her friends. Carol’s home was the place that family and friends gathered for holidays and special events.
Later in her life Carol developed Type 2 Diabetes which began to take a toll on her physical body, ultimately resulting in the loss of most of her eyesight, the loss and disfiguration of her toes and feet. She also developed skin cancer which took one of her ears and a portion of her nose. Despite being unable to walk, read, cook, or drive for many years she loved to visit with her family and those around her at her assisted living facilities. Through it all she never gave up hope that one day the medical doctors would come up with a treatment that would allow her to walk and see again.
On Friday January 5th Carol was feeling under the weather and while talking with her caregiver she turned pale, her lips turned blue and ultimately, she stopped breathing. Paramedics were immediately called and she was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center. The emergency staff was able to revive Carol and she was placed on a ventilator for life support. Her advanced directives stated that Carol did not want to be put on life support and once the doctors in the ICU received a copy of her advanced directive from her son Burt she was taken off life support Saturday afternoon and succumbed to her condition. The family would like to thank her caregivers at Hemet Valley Hospital, as well as at Brookdale Assisted Living in Hemet, CA, The Charleston Assisted Living in Cedar Hills, UT, and River Meadows Assisted Living in Alpine, UT.
Carol will be missed by all who knew her particularly her surviving children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and sister. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that while Carol has left this life she is now freed from her physical limitations and awaits the remainder of her family to join her when their mission upon the earth is complete. We take comfort in knowing that Carol is not lost to us forever and that in the Lord’s good time we will be rejoined with Carol and our families that have left this life.
Funeral services will be held Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Cedar Hollow 5th Ward, 1020 East 1900 North, Lehi, Utah. A viewing will be held Monday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in Lehi Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Teresa Lyn Bird completed her journey here on earth on January 10th 2018.
She was born in American Fork, Utah on July 16th 1959. The fourth of 5 children born to Ted L. and Elaine Greening Bird.
Teresa was a happy child that lit up the world when she smiled. She enjoyed many things in her life, but her kids were most precious to her. She was a talented swimmer in her youth and she loved to cook. She was known for her gathering of family and the food she liked to share.
Out of high school she moved to Las Vegas where she married Jim Ciao. They had 3 beautiful children together. She later divorced
In Las Vegas she spent many long summer nights out at the park with her family flying kites. She loved the sunshine and the happiness she felt when spending time with family in it.
Also in Las Vegas, Teresa attended Travel agent school and remained on at the school to teach and work. She had a few jobs that she loved but this was one of her favorites.
Teresa then moved back to Utah and married Bret Collins. She had 2 more beautiful boys to add to her family. Teresa’s children lit her life and they will miss her deeply.
Teresa is survived by her 5 children, Nick (Jessica) Ciao, Nicole (Tyson) Dahl, Cody Ciao, Dylan and Bret Collins. 2 Grandchildren: Kayden, and Easton Dahl. Brother Marty Bird and sister Ranae (Jack) Murphy. Many aunts Uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Teresa is preceded in death by: Her parents, brothers Ted R., and Chuck Bird and nephew Shawn Murphy
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 16th 2018 at 2 p.m. in Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork A viewing will be held from 12:45 to 1:45p.m. prior to the services. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com.
Coy Wallace Ivie, 81, passed away January 10, 2018 in American Fork, Utah. Born December 23, 1936 in Cedar City, Utah to Frank James Ivie and Eleanor Mae Willden Ivie. He married Nancy Elizabeth Graft June 5, 1959.
Coy was raised in Beaver and American Fork. He worked at Kennecott and Tooele Army Depot. He loved to work on automobiles. Coy was a loyal family man, wonderful neighbor, and true friend.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his children: Dan (Trudy), Robert (Ruth Ann) and Vickie (Moises) Sanchez, 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Bruce and Kelly.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the American Fork 3rd Ward, 165 North 350 West. A viewing will be held from 12:00 Noon to 1:45 p.m. prior to the services. Burial in American Fork Cemetery. Please share a memory at andersonmortuary.com
Joseph F. Barry, 72 of Highland passed away January 9, 2018 in Lehi, UT. He was born on November, 26, 1945 the son of Evelyn and Nathan Borenstein. He was married Aug 30, 1986 to his beloved wife Barbara Lynne Engstrum Barry in the Salt Lake Temple.
He was one of the founders of A-1 Casters and Equipment in 1988 and was President of the company from 2005 until he retired in 2014.
Joseph was passionate about his family and serving in the temple. He served as an Ordinance Worker in the Mount Timpanogos Temple for 13 years. He recently returned from serving a mission with his wife in the Palmyra Temple.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Barbara, son Andrew James Barry, daughter Elizabeth Anne Morley (Jordan), son Spencer Allen Barry, granddaughter Mae Evelyn Morley, and brother Allan Barry Borenstein (Nina). He is preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held Saturday January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Highland 29th Ward chapel, 6750 W. 10417 N., Highland, UT. A visitation will be held Friday, January 12th from 6-8 pm at the Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 West 11000 North, Highland and on Saturday January 13th from 11:45 – 12:45 prior to the services. Burial will be in the Highland City Cemetery.
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49 East 100 North
American Fork, UT 84003
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