Jay Ronald Goodell April 9, 1937 ~ Jan. 8, 2021 Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, Jay Ronald Goodell, 83, passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. He was born April 9, 1937, in Ogden, Utah, the son of Everett Moran and Sarah Burton Goodell. Jay was raised in Ogden, then moved to Willard at the age of six, where he spent much of his childhood working for many great families and friends. Jay graduated from Box Elder High School in 1957. Jay married the love of his life, Claudia Ann Thompson, on Oct. 28, 1960, in Elwood, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized on April 19, 1979, in the Ogden Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jay and Claudia celebrated 60 wonderful years together in October 2020. Jay worked for American Food Stores; Ralph Taylor, training and jockeying race and cutter horses; Mund Well Drilling; Weber County Ice Rink; and the Weber County Fire Department/District where he served as fire chief and was instrumental in bringing the Paramedic and EMS program to Weber County. Jay retired from the fire district in 1991 with full honors. Many lifelong friends and fond memories were made during his time at the fire department. Jay also served in the National Guard from 1960–1962. Jay was a faithful member of the LDS Church and held various callings through the years. He and Claudia served in a service mission for the church in the Inter-City Ogden Mission. Jay was born to be a cowboy and spent many hours in a saddle herding cattle and sheep. Jay had a great love for good horses and a favorite fishing hole. Jay and his partner, Ray Alvey, won the Cutter Racing Division B world championship. Out of necessity, Jay taught himself to shoe horses and for many years was a farrier in Weber County and surrounding areas. Jay particularly enjoyed working around the race track. Jay enjoyed the outdoors and relished fishing. Known by family and friends as an expert angler, Jay was usually disgusted as he was out-fished by his faithful fishing companion, Claudia. Jay kept a yearly garden and loved sharing the harvest with family, friends and anyone who would stop by the house. Jay will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor, for always having a white handkerchief and sharp pocketknife at the ready, for his hard work ethic and for his love of family and friends. Jay is survived by his loving wife, Claudia; children: Randy (Shelley) Goodell of Farr West, Utah; Sally (Wayne) Pugsley of Park Valley, Utah; Trisa (Scott) Linford of Sundance, Wyoming; a daughter from a previous marriage, Cindy (Richard) Miller of Camden, Tennessee; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Karen Rasmussen and Janice Summers. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Rasmussen; brother, George Goodell; sisters, Beverly Schroeder and Carol Gardiner; and great-grandson, Lincoln Howard Linford. Funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Heritage Building, 2100 North 2000 West, Farr West. Friends may visit with family on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd., and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Masks and social distancing is requested for those attending. Interment in the Ogden City Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to: Encompass Health Hospice especially: Miller, Tammy, Dani, and Angie for their kindness towards Dad in his final days; also, Dr. Seth Lewis, not only an amazing physician but a great friend and confidant. To Joel, Emma, and Bobby from Lindquist Mortuary for their service, compassion and love.
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Carol Ith Carol JoAnn Stauffer Butler Ith was born May 14, 1939, to Glenn and Irene Stauffer in Brigham City, Utah. She grew up on the family farm homestead, a descendant of pioneers that immigrated to America from Switzerland. When she was 17 she worked as a carhop at Calls Drive-in in Perry, Utah, where she met her future husband. Although she got engaged very young her father would not allow her to get married until her husband had a real job. She married S. Wayne Butler on Aug. 22, 1958. They had four children together and raised their family in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 4th Ward in Brigham City. She was active in the LDS church and community. As part of the Ladies Community Club, JoAnn helped bring toy trains and planes to John Adams park which many children enjoyed playing on over the years. After her first husband passed away in 1984, she completed her business degree at Weber State University and took a job at Morton Thiokol. On June 4, 1988, she married Ray Ith and had a wonderful life with him. They enjoyed traveling the world and visiting family all over the country. He was a spectacular grandfather to her grandchildren and always made sure they felt included. She is survived by her husband, Ray John Ith; and her children: Scott Wayne Butler (Lori), Kirk Allen Butler, Janae Butler Colburn (Paul), and Ginger Ann Butler (Hisham); stepchildren, Tammy Rae Hervey (John) and Monte John Ith (Deborah); 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She will be laid to rest in Willard Cemetery where her first husband and all of her ancestors who emigrated from Switzerland are buried. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Victor Bohman Victor Hugo Bohman Jr., 86, was reunited with his bride when he passed away on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Brigham City Community Hospital due to natural causes. Victor was born Jan. 5, 1935, in Peterson, Utah, a son of Victor Hugo Sr., and Jessie Durrant Bohman. He graduated from Weber High School and attended Weber College. Victor served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada. He married his sweetheart, Thelda Moore, on Dec. 18, 1957, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. She preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 2013. Victor served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six months of active duty, where he was a staff sergeant. Victor worked at Hi-Land Dairy and Cream O’ Weber and retired from Autoliv in 2009. He was a member of the LDS Church in the Brigham City, Utah, 22nd Ward, where he served in many callings. Victor and Thelda served in the Family History Center in Brigham City, and in the Cambodian Long Beach California mission. He loved going to the Bohman homestead, baseball, football, woodworking and Scouting, where he earned his Silver Beaver. Surviving are daughters, Marchelle Higley (Dan) and Robin Westover (Floyd), both of Brigham City; sons, Todd Bohman (Jean) of Logan, Utah; and Darin Bohman and Jeff Bohman, both of Brigham City; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Nancy Ann Tracy and Janet Knudson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Thelda. Private funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13 at noon at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 South, Brigham City. A private viewing will be held prior to the services from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Interment in the Peterson Cemetery in Peterson, Utah, where military honors will be accorded by the Combined Veterans of Box Elder County. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com Click this link to view additional details about Victor’s services, including any available live streams: https://my.gather.app/remember/victor-bohman
Clyde S. Knighton Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, Clyde Stephens Knighton, 89, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at his home from a heart attack. He was born Feb. 22, 1931, in Bountiful, Utah, a son of Lester S. and Lucile Tolman Knighton. He graduated from Davis High School in 1949. Clyde served in the Army National Guard. Clyde married Jennine Burton in 1950. This union was blessed with Joseph and Denise. Clyde and Jennine later divorced. He married Vera Searcy in 1968. She preceded him in death. He married Christine Vance. She preceded him in death. Clyde then married his sweetheart, Maxine Blank, on June 27, 2012, in Brigham City, Utah. Clyde was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He retired from Amoco British Petroleum as operator of the oil refinery. Clyde loved to bowl, watch football, play the guitar, play pickleball, and being with his family. Surviving are his wife, Maxine; three children: Joseph “Jose” Knighton, Mark (Lori) Knighton, and Denise (Robert Vipperman) Knighton; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Nelva Merrell and Esther Rex. He was preceded in death by his parents; his second and third wives, Vera and Christine; and one sister, Ruth Crook. Clyde’s wishes were to be cremated and buried in the Bountiful City Cemetery. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com.
Sharon Thompson Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Sharon Spendlove Thompson, 77, passed away peacefully at her home with her family at her side on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Bear River City, Utah. She was born Aug. 15, 1943, in Coalville, Utah, a daughter of Joseph Dewey and Alta Carter Spendlove. She was raised in Brigham City and graduated from Box Elder High School. Sharon married Dee Jay Thompson on July 17, 1964, in the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sharon loved working with children. She retired from the Box Elder School District lunch program in 1997 and when her health permitted, volunteered as a reading aide. Sharon was a member of the LDS Church. She had a strong testimony of the Savior and enjoyed providing service to everyone. Sharon held numerous leadership and teaching positions. Her most memorable calling was serving with Dee Jay as missionaries in Sixth Crossing in Wyoming, in 2004. Sharon’s hobbies included cross-stitching, scrapbooking, crafts, and reading. She and Dee Jay enjoyed many vacations and snowmobiling trips together and with their friends from Bear River. Most of all she loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. Surviving is her husband, Dee Jay; their daughter, Vanese (Brad) Bennett; son, Dean Joseph (Mica) Thompson; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters. Many family and friends welcomed Sharon as she returned to her heavenly home. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, followed by funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Bear River LDS 2nd Ward building, 5870 N. 4700 West. The funeral service will be limited to close family and friends, but will be streamed live online. Masks and social distancing are required for all services. Interment in the Bear River City Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Dr. Lynn Beard and staff, Atlas Homecare and Hospice nurses, and her neighbors, ward family, and friends for their love and support. Click this link to view additional details about Sharon’s Services, including any available live streams: https://my.gather.app/remember/sharon-thompson-2021. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com.
Fred E. Bender March 30, 1941 ~ Dec. 21, 2020 Fred Eugene Bender, 79, of Willard, Utah passed away Dec. 21, 2020, at the Lighthouse Mission at Maple Springs in Brigham City, Utah. He was born in Ogden, Utah, to Marian E. Shade and Albert F. Bender on March 30, 1941. In 1959 he attended and graduated Ogden High School with scholars, but decided to serve his country. He joined the Marine Corp Reserves in his senior year of high school, and served his country for 38 years. In 1966 he started work at Hill Air Force Base and retired in 1996 as a computer analyst. Fred met his eventual wife, Pat Walmer, in 1958. They married in 1960. Fred and Pat had two children, Teena A. Bender Frearson of Roy and Richard Bender of Ogden. Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Pat Bender, of Willard, and son, Richard Bender, of Ogden. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Teena Frearson; son-in-law, Ed Frearson of Roy, Utah; and brother-in-law, Mike Walmer. Graveside services with military honors will be held in the spring of 2021 in Willard, Utah. His wife, Pat, and son, Richard, would like to extend thanks to CNS Hospice and the Lighthouse Mission at Maple Springs for their comforting and loving care of Fred. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
John Huff John Huff, son of Duane and Patricia Huff, was born Aug. 30, 1971. He is survived by his parents, his siblings, and his wife and children. John was taken unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, while skiing with family at Beaver Mountain, one of his favorite places in the world. He died, quite literally, with his boots on, something he would be incredibly pleased about. No one who knew John will need to be told what an incredible person he was, and the list of his qualities is near infinite. He was kind, patient, funny, intelligent, talented, compassionate, supportive, creative, musical, an eternal student, and a masterful teacher. He spent his life embracing challenges and serving every person whose path crossed his. Above all, John was an intuitively caring husband and father who loved his wife and family better and more deeply than we will ever be able to comprehend. His music with Voice Male touched countless people around the world, and the work he did for Family Search has helped find innumerable souls. His light was simply too big to be contained. Although the world is sadder and darker without him in it, we take comfort in knowing that the effect he had on the people he loved and who loved him will reverberate into the world. The circle is unbroken, and we will be together in the sweet by and by. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Lois D. Nicol Our loving mother, grandmother and friend, Lois Diane Nicol, passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. She was born Nov. 21, 1946, in Ogden, Utah, a daughter of John W. Shupe and Muriel Young. She graduated from high school. She has a son, John E Wright (Kristen); daughter, Robyn Reed; and son, Jimmy Nicol. Lois worked in the aerospace industry and retired from Northrop Grumman. Surviving are two brothers, Royal Shupe (Carolyn) and David Shupe; children: John, Robyn, and Jimmy; and grandkids and great-grandkids. Lois was preceded in death by her mother and father; two brothers, Ronnie Shupe and Alan Shupe; children Jamie Jones and Monie Delacruz. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com.
John Rausch Jr. I’m here on the eve of Christmas trying to find the right words to say goodbye to my father; hoping to find enough of them so that people can get an idea of who John Francis Rausch Jr. was. It was this time of year when people would happily say “Merry Christmas” to which my father would reply, “Bah humbug.” If you’d listen to my father tell his story about Christmas he would complain about his family struggling all year long just so they could have a big Christmas. A big Christmas was extravagant, and my father wasn’t an extravagant man. He was pragmatic. It was this pragmatism that led to me and my sister always having a roof over our heads and never wondering where our next meal was coming from. It was this pragmatism that kept us clothed. It was this pragmatism that, when I said I was going to push off college and instead work to save money for it, my father replied, “Brian, you need to go to college now and the money will come.” Now, you’re all saying to yourselves, “That’s not pragmatic.” There’s something you need to understand about my father: he didn’t engage in the kids’ life very often, but when he did, he brought the full weight of his experiences to it and wasn’t indecisive. He was strong in his resolve and looking back now this was the most pragmatic move for me. My father didn’t want me playing safe, he wanted me attacking and he pushed me to do that. In that moment he taught me that you don’t wait for things to happen, you go make them happen. He was right. John Francis (he hated his middle name which is why I’m not “John Rausch III”) Rausch Jr. wasn’t a man of day-to-day family work. He was the type of man who would be there in time of crisis. I always have an image of my dad in my head during large gatherings. He was in the back, always in a place where he could see all the exits and monitor the people he loved. My dad was constantly on overwatch. He was the protector from the background. I always knew he was there keeping us safe. This didn’t end at the family. I can’t remember a time that my dad didn’t stop on the side of the road to help people who needed it. He would always hold the door open letting others go first. He always held the car door for my mom. I learned a lot from him about taking care of others. My dad could be the center of attention and the focus of the room, but he didn’t stay there long and I got the feeling that he didn’t like being in the center very much. Dad liked a good joke (even ones he told way too often), he loved giving people a hard time, he loved his children and he loved his grand babies. My father was a military veteran, a tank mechanic, a father, a husband, a big brother, a son, a purchasing agent, a fixer, a friend, an alcoholic, a leader, a baseball player, a teacher, a hard worker, a laugher, a man quick to anger, a man who taught me value, a target for my childhood, a big rig mechanic, he pumped gas, changed tires, mowed lawns, shopped, cooked, loved... I realize I’m on a fools’ errand right now trying to capture the depth and breadth of my father into a few columns of a newspaper print, so I’ll close by saying this: Your papers have come in, overwatch; you’ve been called home. Your vigil has ended, your watch complete. Know that as you leave the field you leave behind, a job well done. We’re survivors, warriors and protectors; we’ve got it from here. Please rest well, Dad, and if you get a chance on your next journey, please take a second to look into your rearview mirror to see all the Rausches and Rausch-Hunsakers and Rausch-O’Neils and Rausch-Miscovich’s standing in our driveway waving to you as you get smaller in the distance, as was our way. John Francis Rausch Jr. died on Dec. 12, 2020, at midnight. He is survived by a lot of people who will miss him dearly.
JoAnne DeCarlo JoAnne Whitworth DeCarlo, 64, of Brigham City, passed away suddenly of a non-COVID-19 related illness on Jan. 7, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Lila Whitworth; sister, Susan Thackeray; brother-in-law, Terry Thomas; a great-niece; and two great-great-nieces. She is survived by her children, Angela (David) DeCarlo Ferreira and Andrew (Kalyn) Decarlo; six grandchildren; sister, Marty Thomas; brother, Charlie (Susan) Whitworth; brother-in-law, Kevin Thackeray; 12 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and great-nephews; eight great-great-nieces and nephews; and countless cousins and friends. Due to COVID-19 restrictions she had been unable to attend her son’s wedding or meet his first child, her youngest grandchild, so we think she found her own way to be able to visit him. She was born Sept. 25, 1956, in Brigham City and attended schools in the city her entire life, graduating from Box Elder High School in 1974. After high school she attended Weber State in both the 70s and 90s. She worked at Thiokol Corporation and McKay Dee Hospital for many years. However, her creativity was her true passion and she took up as many forms of art as she could over her lifetime. Her friends and anyone who met her remembers this as well as her unique sense of humor. She married Thomas DeCarlo in 1977 and together they had two children and many animals and adventures. Although they divorced many years later, the DeCarlo family was still fond of her. She later married Lane Petersen in 2005 and spent some happy years with him and his children. They were also later divorced. Toward the end of her life she and Jerry Tolman had fallen in love and were planning for the future when she suddenly fell ill. They both lived in Maple Springs and were active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ community there. JoAnne was laid to rest at Brigham City Cemetery on Jan. 11, 2021 surrounded by her close family. Her services are available to view on Gillies Funeral Chapel website. The family welcomes donations to the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind Education Fund in her memory in lieu of flowers.
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