The following are obituaries and death notices that appeared in the February 6, 2013 edition of the Star Valley Independent.
Other historical obituaries can be found at the Star Valley Historical Society website.
Terry “JR” McGurk, age 32, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at his home in Grover. Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 4 in the Grover LDS Church. Burial took place in the Grover Cemetery. He was born on July 29, 1980 in Afton to Terry R.R. McGurk and Connie Rae McGurk. JR attended school in Star Valley and earned his GED. He was employed with Wyoming Woolens, Aviat, Colters Lodge, the Golden Spur, Leisure Valley and with the Afton Dance Club. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Chryse Redmen and was divorced shortly after. He then married Amy (Astle) McGurk on May 12, 2006. JR loved music and enjoyed being a DJ for the dance club. He had a kind heart and will be greatly missed by his friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Amy, of Grover; his parents, Terry R.R. McGurk, Utah; and Connie Rae McGurk, Afton; sister, Cynthia Merritt, Fairview; and brother, Charles Brown, Mesa, Ariz. He is also survived by his step children, Jazmyn Ruud Hammond, Tooele, Utah; Samm Ruud, Tooele, Utah; Amanda Ruud, Tooele, Utah; Kalena Ruud, Tooele, Utah; and Faylyn Neely, Tooele, Utah. He also has one step grandchild.
Ted Junior Heiner, 79, passed away quietly at home in Bedford on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 due to incidents related to advanced age. Ted was born May 9, 1933 in Bedford to Theodore Mortiz Heiner and Margaret Rickenbach. He was the oldest child in the family. His siblings were LaRee, Bob, Carolyn and Kim. He attended the Bedford school, which housed grades one through eight. He attended Star Valley High School, where he graduated in 1951. While in school, he noticed Janeene Gardner, daughter of Milford and Alda Gardner, while on a music festival trip. They dated and were later married in 1954 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Ted attended BYU in Provo, where he excelled in his studies of math, chemistry, physics and geology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to complete an additional five years of study. He also received a Master of Education degree. While in college he joined the ROTC and later served in the Air Force, being stationed among other places in the Azores, where he was a supply officers and later a communications officer. He was a excellent marksman and was the Captain of BYU’s shooting team, winning eight first place trophies in the Utah State Gallery Shooting Championship and was the overall shooting champion. He was noted for his fine shooting and killed his share of elk on many elk hunts. He loved to fish and would always fish with a pistol on his hip. When his fishing fly snagged a tree, he would shoot the twig holding the fly to free it. He seldom returned from fishing without his limit. Ted moved to Bedford to run the family dairy farm after his father passed away in 1965. The children learned to run the farm with Ted, learning how to operate tractors, brand cattle, milk cows and put up hay. Ted’s day started at 4:30 a.m. when milking began, then he cleaned up and went to school before coming home to milk in the evening. He did this until all the children were out of the home and then the milk cows were sold and beef cattle were purchased. Ted taught school for 33 years. He was an excellent teacher of physics, math and science. He believed in doing his own discipline and used a paddle in his classroom and had very few problems with unruly students. Ted and Janeene had eight children: Jae, Val, Tedi Jeen, Mel, Nolan, Sheri, Bart and ElDee. All of his children graduated from Star Valley High School. His six sons served missions for the LDS Church and all of his children were married in LDS temples. Janeene passed away in 1983, due to diabetes. Ted and Janeene had been married for 29 years. Ted then met Marilyn Titensor Skinner, and they were also married for 29 years. Marilyn and Ted lived on the farm in Bedford, where Ted stayed active right up until his passing. He was a weather observer for the National Weather Service, where he collected daily temperatures and moisture and sent it in each month for over 30 years. He recently received an award for his many years of service. Ted and Marilyn have a total of 17 children, 91 grandchildren and 107 great grandchildren. He was beloved by all of his posterity. He grew very close to all of them. Ted was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Bedford LDS Ward. He served in many different callings throughout his life. He also served in stake assignments. He very much enjoyed serving as stake clerk to President Marlow Bateman and enjoyed hearing the counsel given from visiting general authorities. He was a noted singer and had a rich bass voice. He sang for many funerals and church meetings as well as with his family at home. He loved music and taught himself to play the piano after retiring from teaching school. He will be remembered as a person who exemplified the saying: “fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” He was a good neighbor to all. The day before he died, a fish dinner was served at his home for members of his family living in the valley. He was in good spirits and laughing at his grandchildren. His funeral was held in the Bedford LDS Ward Chapel on Feb. 2, 2013 and he was interred in the Bedford Cemetery. He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 29 years, all of his siblings and his children.
Scott Gardner was born in Afton on April 1, 1921 to Bruce Lavere and Jenny Gardner and was the second of their eight children. He grew up and attended school in Star Valley where he also enjoyed hunting, trapping, and fishing. He left Star Valley for California to work but WWII broke out and he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served a tour in the South Pacific and married Ruth Leona Ross when he returned stateside. After their sons, David, Dan, and Stephen, were born, Scott finished his education at Stevens Henegar College with an accounting degree. He started working for JA Jones on the Palisades Dam project and traveled all over the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore working on a variety of construction jobs. Scott loved to travel and made friends easily everywhere he went. He was active in the LDS church and served the Lord with a willing heart in many teaching and leadership callings. He was a missionary by example and attended many temple sessions. Scott is survived by his children, David Gardner (Beth), Dan Gardner (Wanda), and Ann Rutkowski (Don) and 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Scott left us to join his wife, parents, son (Stephen), sister, brothers, and a host of friends on Jan. 31, 2013.
Former Alpine resident Nettie Luree Frost, 92, died Monday Jan. 28 in Eagan, Minn. A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Feb. 1, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte, Neb., with the Rev. Neal Hock as celebrant. Nettie was born Dec. 21, 1920, on a ranch near Sutherland, the oldest child of Edward and Mary Jennings. She graduated from North Platte High School in 1938. She worked in several clerical jobs in North Platte before moving to California in 1944 to work for the Housing Authority of Marin County at Hamilton Field. She returned to Nebraska in 1948 and worked for the Bureau of Reclamation office in Indianola.
She married Robert E. Frost on Nov. 27, 1952, at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Indianola. They made their home in McCook. They later lived in Cheyenne, Wyo., and in 1960, they moved to Denver. The family moved to Bountiful, Utah, in 1965. Nettie belonged to St. Olaf’s Catholic Church, where she was involved in a number of church-related activities. Besides being a homemaker, Nettie loved baking, and creating art and crafts. She was also an avid bowler. In 1978, she and her husband retired to Alpine, Wyo. The couple had been longtime supporters of the Alpine Fire/EMS Department. After her husband’s death in 1994, Nettie moved to Apple Valley, Minn. Since 2008, she had been a resident of Clare Bridge of Eagan. She is survived by four children, Barbara (Brock) Kiecker of Eagan; Michael Frost (Debbie McDonald) of Salt Lake City, Utah; James (Cindy) Frost of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Elizabeth (Bud) Rigoulot of Spanaway, Wash. Her surviving siblings are Dale Jennings, Dixie Greenwood and Ralph Jennings, all of North Platte. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Frost, and a sister, Bonnie Neely. Burial took place in the Amesville Cemetery near Etna, Wyo., on Monday, Feb. 4. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Alpine Fire Personnel and Emergency Management Services, P.O. Box 3030, Alpine, WY 83128, or donations can be made in her name to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Jeffery Lee Furlong was called home Jan. 31, 2013. He was born on Oct. 17, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa to Eugene Francis Furlong and Sharee Date Cole. He served in the Army Reserves from 1979 to 1983. Upon completion of services, he married his soulmate and best friend, Debra Lynn Steele on Oct. 1, 1983. Jeff was very passionate about his family and enjoyed collecting many different things. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, even if it was just sitting on the front porch with his two partners in crime, Barney and Buddy. Jeff had a huge heart. Family always came first. He truly was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. There will be a great void in our lives. He was the rock that held our family together. He left behind his wife of 30 years, Debra; his daughter (Veronica, Chris) Debbie, Charity and Christian; his son, (Jason) Jayden, Jayson and Sharee; his great granddaughter, Vanessa, whom was his pride and joy; his sister, Lori Kielkowski; Aunt Debbie, Pete Star and many more aunts and uncles that were very special to Jeff. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Lorraine Steele. He was more of a father than an uncle to his nieces and nephews, (Lisa, Jason) Angel and Tysen (Amy, Fred) Thomas Jr. and Makaela (Kirk, Brooke) Braxton and Aidan, along with many more nieces, nephews and life long friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kim Sevey; mother-in-law, Angel Manafort; and nephew, Thomas Lomax. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Afton Tabernacle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an account at Wells Fargo under Debra Furlong’s name. Any donations would be appreciated.
James McKay Jensen passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2013 at the George E. Wahlen Veterans Home in Ogden, Utah. He was born in Grover to Louis John and Nellie B. Jensen and was the fifth of six children.
Jim spent his early years working on his father’s ranch in Grover and was well-known as quite a horseman. He was a very proficient rider and as a young boy was a jockey for his father’s race horses. He rode at various venues along with his brother Norman “Books” Jensen and was very famous for sharing the story that he attended many county fairs but “didn’t know what a ferris wheel was until he was married since he spent all of his waking hours on the race track or caring for the horses.” The boys loved the ranch and one of Jim’s favorite things to do was to run his father’s milk route, transporting the milk from the surrounding farms to the Afton Creamery; he continued to do this through his teenage years. Jim met his sweetheart, Ann Sanderson, on a blind date arranged by one of Ann’s friends. After a year of dating and the impending draft during World War II, Jim married Ann in Idaho Falls on May 6, 1944. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary later this year. Shortly after their marriage, Jim was called to serve his country in World War II and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Ann accompanied him to Texas where she found employment and they were able to spend the weekends together, but she soon had to say farewell to her soldier as he left for the South Pacific. Jim served proudly in the United States Army on the small island of Okinawa where one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the war took place. Jim remained in Okinawa until the end of the war and returned to his Star Valley home in 1946. Upon returning he was greeted by his family and a one-year old son whom he had never met. Jim and his small family settled in Grover and he continued to work on his father’s ranch. He later had the opportunity to work for Challenge Dairy and was employed with the company unit 1957. Jim enjoyed the milk business and the interactions he had with his customers brought him great happiness, so when the opportunity arose he took over the business in 1975 and became a distributor for Western General Dairies. He and Ann managed the family business until his retirement at age 75. Jim worked for over 41 years and enjoyed every minute of it as well as the associations and friendships he made along the way. He touched the lives of many people with his humor, kindness and generosity. Jim was dedicated to his family, and except his work, nothing filled his time that didn’t involve his family. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed the family’s annual trips to the Oregon coast which were always filled with fun and laughter. His presence will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, sister, son and grandson. He is survived by his wife Ann Jensen, and his children: Larry Jensen, JoAnn (Kay) Merritt and Penny Kaye (Craig) Sandberg; grandchildren: Todd Merritt, Kevin Merritt and Scott Merritt, and eight great grandchildren; his brother Dallin (Barbara) Jensen and sister, Myrtle “Myrt” D ‘Evelyn. Funeral Services were held in the Grover Ward Chapel on Jan. 21, 2013. Donations may be made in his honor to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4797, Box 515, Thayne, Wyoming, 83127.
Dewey Wallace Henderson was born Aug. 8, 1913 in Osmond. He died of natural causes on Jan. 29, 2013 in Provo, Utah and was the eldest of ten children born to Thomas Wallace Henderson and Kathryn (Katie) Stumpp Henderson. As a teenager, he took care of the farm with the help of his three younger sisters while his father served a mission in San Bernardino, California. He graduated from Star Valley High School in Afton. He married Emma Cranney on May 18, 1934 in the Logan LDS Temple. From 1934 to 1936 he served a mission for his church in the Central States Mission, serving his entire mission in Arkansas. Upon his return home, to no avail he tried entrepreneurship with a joint ownership of a hardware store, and he and Emma opened a hamburger stand. He then worked at a lumber store for a short time, finally settling on farming as a vocation. In 1948 he became a Game Warden for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, with his first assignment in Rock Springs, Wyoming where he served until 1961 when he was transferred to Laramie. In 1963 he became supervisor of the Laramie District. When he retired in 1976, Dewey and Emma moved to Lehi, Utah. Dewey and Emma raised five children and their oldest grandson, Dewey Rand Henderson from the time he was 12.
After Emma’s death in 1991 of an Alzheimer’s related illness, Dewey remained in Lehi where he continued to work his large garden. While compiling a complete list of the posterity of his grandfather, Samuel Henderson, Jr, he became re-acquainted with Margaret Moffat Henderson, widow of his cousin. Dewey and Margaret married on May 29, 1995 and moved to Ogden a year later. Margaret died on April 1, 2002. Dewey moved to The Seville in Orem, Utah in February 2005 where he lived until his death. Dewey served in the following positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: missionary, Counselor in a Bishopric, Stake High Council member, Temple Worker and nearly 40 years as a Scoutmaster, Venture or Explorer leader. He also served on the District Scouting Councils in both Rock Springs and Laramie. For his years of service he was awarded the Silver Beaver. He was a graduate of the FBI law enforcement training school in Quantico, Va., and was a recipient of numerous sportsman, conservation and law enforcement awards. He is survived by his brother Leslie (Mary Lou), his sister, Leoyce Broadbent (Norville), his son, Lael W. (Mary), daughters: Laura J. Brokaw, Karen S. Taylor (Larry) and Eileen; 24 grandchildren, 93 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Emma, Margaret, his eldest son, Dewey Russell and seven siblings.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m. preceded by a viewing from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the church at 1555 North 1350 West, Provo, Utah. Interment will take place in the Afton Cemetery, Monday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to The Alzheimer’s Association of America at www.alzfdn.org.
Funeral services for Wanda Turner were held on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 10 .m. in the Pioneer Valley Lodge in North Ogden. Graveside services were held that same day in the Auburn Cemetery.