The following are obituaries that appeared in the February 10, 2016 print edition of the Star Valley Independent.
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Elden Staley, 87, of Star Valley Ranch, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at his home after a brief illness. He had been a long time resident of Rock Springs prior to moving to Star Valley Ranch. He was born May 5, 1928 in Upton, Utah, the son of Elmer Doris Staley and Margaret Matilda Overson Staley. He attended schools in Coalville, Utah and graduated from North Summit High School with the class of 1946. He married Barbara Vernon Sept. 12, 1950 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He had worked for Mountain Fuel (Questar) for 20 years. He owned and operated Taco Times for 30 years retiring in 2002. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His interests were playing cribbage, golfing, fishing, following Utah Jazz and BYU sports, his home in Star Valley, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. Survivors include his sons Leland V. Staley and wife Denise, Richard Staley and wife Kathy all of Rock Springs; daughter Jeanene Pickett and husband Mark of Citrus Heights, Calif.; brothers Neal Staley and wife Emma of Hagerman, Idaho, and Spencer Staley and wife Carolyn of St. George, Utah; sisters Karen Gigar and husband Jack of Parowan, Utah, Blanche Eisenhauer and husband Arthur of Anacortes, Wash., and Viola Birch and husband Rex of Evanston; grandchildren Cara Erickson and husband Chris of Green River, Brad Porter and wife Amber of Grand Junction, Colo., Richard Porter and wife Maurgan of Grand Junction, Adam Pickett and wife Michele of Bethesda, Md., Jonathan Pickett of Los Angeles, Michael Pickett and wife Kelly of Austin, Texas, Jordan Pickett of Citrus Heights, Calif., Ryan Staley and wife Allison of Las Vegas, Sheri Staley and partner Dave of McCall, Idaho, David Petrie and wife Nichole of Lakewood, Colo., and Derek Petrie and wife Kaitlin of Littleton, Colo.; 12 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Margaret Staley, daughter Claudia Lambson, brother Ray Staley, sisters June Taylor and Geraldine Schmitt. A viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at Fox Funeral Home, 2800 Commercial Way, Rock Springs. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 at the Hoytsville LDS Chapel, Hoytsville, Utah, where a viewing will be held one hour prior to the services. Interment will take place in the Hoytsville Cemetery, Hoytsville, Utah. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local hospice chapter would be appreciated.
Elma Jean Pendleton Neilson passed away Jan. 21, 2016 in Draper, Utah. She was born March 21, 1927 in Fairview to Leo John and Annie Kennington Pendleton. Tragically, Elma Jean’s father, Leo, passed away when she was only nine months old. Elma Jean’s growing up years were spent in Lincoln County with her mother, Annie, who taught school in Star Valley for 10 years and served as Lincoln County Clerk of Court in Kemmerer for over 16 years. Elma Jean had loving grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins who were an important part of her childhood. After graduating from high school, Elma Jean attended the University of Wyoming where she met, Stanley D. Neilson. She and Stan married and became the parents of four sons, David, Jan, Brian and Larry. She and Stan were active in the LDS Church and served in many callings. Stan’s employment took them to various locations and wherever they lived Elma Jean always made their family home an enjoyable and happy place. She loved being a wife and a mother. She took great pride in her children and grandchildren. After Stan retired they made their home in Hyde Park, Utah. They enjoyed traveling and visiting their family. Stan passed away July 25, 2007. He and Elma Jean had been married for almost 60 years. Elma Jean is survived by four sons, David and wife Laura; Jan and wife Sandra; Brian and wife Vicky, Larry and wife Kristen; 29 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Hyde Park, Utah on Jan. 30, 2016. Interment was in the Hyde Park Cemetery next to her husband, Stan.