Daniel M. Wheatley Daniel Myron Wheatley, 91, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Legacy Village in Provo, Utah. Dan was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Brigham City, Utah, son of Dagmar Carolyn Jensen and George H. Wheatley. He attended Honeyville Elementary, Box Elder Junior High School and graduated from Box Elder High School. He studied civil engineering at Utah State Agriculture College where Dan was a member of the track team and Air Force ROTC. Daniel met his sweetheart, LaNae (Mills), in a hanger at Hill Air Force Base and on Oct. 4, 1951, they were sealed in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While stationed in Louisiana, he earned a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Louisiana Tech University. He honorably served his country for 28 years, including tours of duty in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. He retired from the U. S. Air Force on Feb. 28, 1980. Because of military transfers, Daniel and LaNae traveled to many parts of the world. They continued this love of travel—primarily to visit their children and grandchildren—in retirement. Special Air Force assignments included: liaison officer with the United States 7th Air Force and the Republic of Vietnam, base commander at Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire, and Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Dan also worked as an educator at South Ogden Junior High School, Intermountain Indian School, and Job Corps. Dan was a professional rodeo bull rider, construction superintendent, real estate agent, and Texas Refinery Corp. representative. He was a faithful member of the LDS Church and served in many capacities, including: Scoutmaster, bishopric counselor, branch president (Crete, Greece), Elders’ Quorum president, Ogden temple ordinance worker, and group leader (Turkey and Vietnam), among others. With his family, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, running, doing genealogy, golfing, bowling, gardening, and riding horses. He traveled to all 50 states and many countries, including New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Japan, England and Denmark. Daniel enjoyed reading maps, western novels and scriptures. He also officiated softball and basketball. He was an active member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers. Surviving are his children: Myron (Deborah) Wheatley, Dawain (Susan) Wheatley, Maury Wheatley, Durrell (Sue) Wheatley, Micah (Dayna) Wheatley, Lucinda (Scott) Woodland, and Dennis (Heidi) Wheatley; 31 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and sister, Peggy Marlene Wheatley (Rodney) Nelson. Dan was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LaNae; great-grandson, Colt Woodland; two brothers; and three sisters. The family extends special thanks to the Legacy Village of Provo, Encompass Hospice and Brigham City LDS 6th Ward. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City. Services will be private with family members by invitation only. A live stream of the funeral will be available on the mortuary website. A public viewing will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment in the Call’s Fort Cemetery, Honeyville, Utah, with military honors accorded. Due to COVID-19 the family will require masks and social distancing. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Sterling Lee Purser Dec. 19, 1928 ~ July 30, 2020 Sterling Lee Purser, 91, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, after many years of service to family, friends, and God. He was preceded in death by—now united again with—his first wife of 48 years, Donna Chapman Purser; their daughter, Clara Purser; his parents, Lyman Albert and Abigail Hyde Purser, (Abbie); five brothers; and five sisters. Sterling was born at home in Hyde Park, Utah, and lived in Ogden, where his father worked as a meat cutter, a trade that Sterling learned. After seven years in Ogden, the family moved to Preston, Idaho, when his father was transferred to help open a new store. Sterling continued his education in Preston, graduating from Preston High School. After high school, he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in western Canada. He had a deep love for our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and loved the opportunity to serve the Lord as a special emissary sharing the gospel. While serving his mission, he met Sister missionary Donna Chapman. Sister Chapman completed her mission before Elder Purser, but they continued writing (and as their children, we are very happy they did!). Sterling and Donna were married April 23, 1952, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple by Elder Mathew Cowley, his mother’s cousin. Soon after, Sterling was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training, Sterling was stationed in Salt Lake City. Sterling and Donna had nine children: Clara Purser, S. Leon and Julia Purser, Faye and Paul Ingersoll, Albert and Christine Purser, Abbie Shryers, Jerrie and Carl Booth, Terry and LeAnne Purser, Earl and Rhonda Purser, and Vilate and Mark Stirdivant. They were grandparents to 34 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren. Donna Passed away in January 2000 and Sterling was later introduced to Joyce Martindale. They were married Aug. 23, 2008. Joyce is wonderful and our family increased by six more children: Marge and Dennis Thornton, Lynette Campbell, Howard and Diane Manning, Amy and William Crawley, and Jennifer and Robert Delaney; 24 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Many family and friends benefited from visits and meals at their kitchen table, and enjoyed fresh baked rolls, homemade jam and garden produce. He was always sharing what he had. Sterling is survived by his loving wife, Joyce Martindale Purser, who cared for and loved him and their children without limits. We love Joyce, and we know Donna loves her also! A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 South, Brigham City from 6 to 8 p.m. A private funeral service for family will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Gillies Funeral Chapel, at 11 am. For additional details about the services, including any available live streams, visit https://my.gather.app/remember/sterling-purser Interment in the Preston City Cemetery. All family and friends are welcome at the cemetery.
Samuel H. Banner Samuel (Sam) Harvey Banner passed away peacefully in Brigham City, Utah, on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, after a lifetime of selfless service. Sam was born Dec. 2, 1926, in Burley, Idaho, to Leo and Chloey Banner. He remained in Burley until he was a senior in high school when he left school and Burley “to go help win the war.” He served bravely in the Navy during World War II. Upon returning from two years of military service, he went to Utah State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, as well as a master’s degree in administration and a master’s degree in counseling and guidance. He finally graduated high school in 1990, at the age of 64. Sam put his education on hold to marry the finest girl he’d ever met, Jeri Dene Patterson, on Sept. 10, 1947, in the Idaho Falls Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were married for a few short months before he left to serve in the Western States Mission for the church. Sam had a gift for bettering the lives of other people and he used that gift to bless people during his career in education. He was a teacher of agriculture for many years as well as director of vocational programs for the State of Oregon. Being relentless in his service to others, Sam also served in many church callings, including, but not limited to, bishop and high counselor. He served many more missions all over the world with his wife, including to Atlanta, Georgia; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Ghana, Africa (twice); and Thailand. He also volunteered at church headquarters for many years, blessing the lives of people in Haiti, Ogden, and Brigham City. Sam’s passion in life was serving others. His greatest joy was his family Sam is survived by his adoring wife, Jeri Dene Patterson; and his devoted children: LaNae (Ken) Higgins, Kim (Dennis) Briggs, Jill (Richard) Crowther, Konel (Jan) Banner, Todd (Susan) Banner, and Kalyn (Gary) Thompson; also, a legacy of 28 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Sam was preceded in death by a beloved son, Kenton; three grandsons; a great-grandson; his parents; three brothers; and two sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City, Utah. A visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. The family requests that those attending follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks, as recommended by the CDC. A live stream of the service can be viewed on Sam’s online obituary page at www.myers-mortuary.com. Interment in the Brigham City Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity. The family wishes to send a special thank you to Envision Hospice and The Gables Assisted Living Center for their understanding of Parkinson’s disease and their tireless service in Sam’s behalf. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Sherlene Brown Sherlene Brown passed away in March, 2020, in Chandler, Arizona. She was born in Gallup, New Mexico, on Aug. 10, 1970. She attended Bear River High School and later married Chris Brown in Tremonton in 1993. Sherlene’s laugh was contagious and could bring a smile to anyone close by. She loved to listen to country music, crochet, take pictures, arrange flowers and ride horses. Sher made friends quickly and genuinely cared about those around her. She loved her kids and Grandkids with a passion that will not be forgotten. In 2015, Sher married Jason Kendrick in Fruitland, New Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Jason Kendrick; parents, Lucy and Wilferd; siblings: Marlo, Rufus, Anthony, Lucille, Kathy (deceased), Sheryl, Bertha, Wilbert, and Lucinda.; kids: Brady Greer (Joei) Brandy Greer, Daina Rudd (Forrest), Dalton Brown and Dylan (Miranda) Brown, Thomas Kendrick, Sara Kendrick, Ashley Kendrick, and Jonathan Kendrick; and grandkids: Azrielle, Zariah, Azariyh, Lillian, Alysia, Chayton, Rory, Owen, Alaina, Avian, Joszih, and Nylayah. Sherlene will be buried in the Brigham City Cemetery on Aug. 8. There will be a virtual candle light vigil that evening on Sher Brown’s Facebook page.
Steven Collins Our loving son, husband, dad, brother and friend, Steven Adam Collins, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 31, 2020. Steven was born on Aug. 6, 1987, in Mesa, Arizona, to Michael Thomas and Julie Ann Chadwick Collins. He was raised in Brigham City, Utah, and graduated from Box Elder High School in 2005. He served in the Washington Kennewick Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was very creative and loved doing videography. He is survived by his parents; grandma, Geri Collins; two brothers, Andrew (Aly) and David (Karli); two sisters, Heidi (John) Badger and Becky Collins; wife, Lily; and daughters, Maire and Kayla. Private funeral services will be held Aug. 7, at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 South, at 11 a.m. Please see the link below for the live stream. A public viewing will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 South, from 6 to 8 p.m. Send condolences to www.gfc-utah.com.
Greg N. Harper If he smiled, you wouldn’t know him. When the grandkids started coming so did the smiles. Gregory Neil Harper, 70, our “shy old buffalo” passed away July 31, 2020, at his home in Corinne, Utah. He was born May 22, 1950, in Brigham City, Utah, to Grover Neil and Diane Davis Harper. He married Jenny Dell George on June 10, 1968, and they were later sealed in the Logan Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Greg was a lifelong resident of Corinne. He attended Corinne Elementary and Box Elder Junior High School, and graduated from Box Elder High School, where he played on the football team. Greg was a farmer his entire career and ran a dairy farm with his father and brothers and had stock cattle. He enjoyed farming and field work. He was a master at straight haystacks and high-piled silage. He also had a great love for horses, rodeo, and was an avid supporter of 4-H and Future Farmers of America, involving his sisters and his children. He was an accomplished hunter and held the record for the biggest Utah Bison for many years. Later in life he traded the guns for the camera, taking phenomenal pictures of family and animals. Greg loved drawing, doodles and scrapbooking, and made at least one book for each grandchild. He was a very kindhearted soul and would do anything to help anyone but never wanted the attention focused on him. He was a member of the LDS Church. He served as assistant to the executive secretary for the Corinne LDS 2nd Ward. He was a Scout leader for many years and especially enjoyed the time spent with his son. He loved helping the youth find success in scouting. Canoeing the Bear River was just one of many adventures. Greg is survived by his loving wife, Jenny Dell; children: Heidi Dianne Hauck, Francey Dell Rojas, Heath Gregory Harper, Laura Gregan Eckerman (Steven), and Mitchel George Harper (Karlee); 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and siblings: Kenneth Harper, Steven Harper (Connie), Eva Jean Carter (Reese), and Alice Anne Neff (Marvin). He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Darin Hauck. The family would like to give special thanks to the Corinne first responders, officers of the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Department, and Dr. John Markeson for his friendship and care given to Greg. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 4. Interment in the Corinne Cemetery. Social Distance guidelines are suggested. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Francese Leone Hunsaker Dowdle, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in her home with her family by her side. Funeral services entrusted to Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Tom Tomoaki Nagao passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Arrangements entrusted to Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 East, Brigham City, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
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