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DeLoris LeEtta Westman Combs Percy

DeLoris LeEtta  Westman Combs Percy, age 93, died of natural causes Oct 30, 2014. Born in a sod house outside of Callaway, Custer County, NE, 21 July, 1921 to Almer Nathaniel Westman and Alma E Anderson. Married Howard Blaine Combs, deceased, one daughter Shari Combs Palmer. Married Howard Harold Percy deceased, one son James Marvin Percy.

Mother had a wide variety of work, hobbies & interests throughout her long life: “number one helper on the farm as a child of the Depression”. After graduating 8th grade, she  moved to North Platte, working as a house maid, baby sitter, waitress, & tele-type operator for the Postal Telegraph Company.

The family of four moved from a farm south of Paxton, NE to UT in 1961; first living in Maeser. In Jan, 1962, DeLoris joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints & became a life-long enthusiast of genealogy, typing reams of pages of family names on her little Royal typewriter. She loves the Lord & serving & giving to others. The family moved to Heber City, UT when James was in High School. She helped build, & owned & operated a dry cleaning-laundromat business there. She later managed a Plaster Craft store in Orem, UT teaching painting on kiln-fired plaster & taking oil painting on canvas classes for years.

DeLoris loves people in general & children in particular.  Always a gardener, she especially enjoys flowers, but ballroom dancing is probably her favorite pastime.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Harry, died 11 April, 1925. One sister, Alice Marie McKenna Wolford, 21, Aug, 2010.

DeLoris is survived by one daughter Shari (Blaine) Palmer, one son James Marvin (Kathy Jo) Percy, 5 grandchildren: LeAnne (Shawn) Mahoney, Trenton Percy, Jeremiah (Jessika) Percy, Blaine Percy,  Rebecca (Rob) Cox, 6 gr grandchildren: Megan Mahoney, Madelynn Percy,  Teah & Bridger Percy, Gabriel & Katherine Cox. One sister, Veneda (Don) Pearson of Farmington, NM & one brother Harold (Barbara) Westman of North Glenn, CO & and many wonderful nieces & nephews.

Services will be held Mon, Nov 3 @ 11:00 am @ Hobble Creek 8th Ward, 2379 E River Bottom Rd, Springville.   Viewing will be prior to the services in the Relief Society room from 9:45 am to 10:45 am.  Burial will be Tues, Nov 4 @ 11:00 am in Maeser Fairview Cemetery.

We give special thanks to all who worked & cared for Mother at Art City Nursing, Reid’s Park Place Assisted Living, & Central Utah Veterans Home these past 3 years.

George Herbert Savage


George Herbert Savage, born Dec 4, 1937 in SLC, UT died Oct 26, 2014 after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Fay and Maud Johnson Savage, his sister Josephine Diana, his wife Norma Lee Savage, and their daughter Diana Lynn Savage.

George married Norma Joyce Strebel, and together they have lived in many places throughout the United States making many friends along the way. George was a carpenter/superintendent in construction for many years. He loved working with wood, and was very talented. Many people were blessed with his gift, with items both practical and fun.

George loved to fish and spend time with family and friends doing it. George served in the USAF as cryptographer.

George is survived by his sons: Leland (Ann-Marie), Mathew (Amanda) Kelly, Ronald and Gerald Strebel; daughter, Kaylynn Strebel Moran; four sisters: Lyla Black, Bonnie Vanderhoek, Maudine Adams and Rebecca Young. He had twenty one grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at the Springville 9th Ward, 875 W Center St. Springville, UT. Viewing will be at the church Saturday only, 10 – 11:45 a.m. Funeral 12:00 p.m., burial in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Valeo Home Health and Hospice for their care of George.

Mary Elizabeth Baldwin Bird


Mary Elizabeth Baldwin Bird returned to her Heavenly Father on Oct. 22, 2014 at the age of 97

She was born in Blackfoot Idaho on Nov. 24, 1916 to Lora and Sarah Ann Moore Baldwin. She married Richard Stanley Bird in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 11, 1939.

Beth was very active in the LDS Church holding numerous positions throughout her life. She was also very involved with the Springville Senior Citizen organization for over 45 years. Beth was well known for her cooking skills both in church assignments, her employment and especially for her friends and family. She was the first Miss Spanish Fork in 1938 to ride on the 24th of July parade float. She was a lifelong resident of Mapleton and was well loved and respected by all who know her.

Beth is survived by her children Janeal Duffin, Dean Bird and Ella Marie Dunn. She has 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Hugh Baldwin and son Wendell Bird.

Services will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Mapleton 16th Ward, 1316 South Main, Mapleton, UT. Viewings will be held on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mapleton Wheeler Mortuary, 82 W 400 N, Mapleton and Monday 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.

Jeremy Dudley Leavitt


Jeremy Dudley Leavitt passed away October 17, 2014 at his home. He was born in Spanish Fork, UT, March 7, 1955 and grew up in Springville, UT. Throughout his life he also spent time in Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada and Alaska. He then settled in Hideaway Valley. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing in Utah as well as in Alaska.

He is preceded in death by his father, Porter R. Leavitt; mother, Nyda Perkins Leavitt; brothers: Ron and Doug Leavitt. He is survived by the love of his life, Rae Leavitt and his three daughters: Shana (Aaron) Higgins, Sheila (Kevin) Hipskind and Tosha (Tyler) Leavitt; 3 granddaughters, 4 grandsons and 1 great grandson as well as his siblings, Lynn (Helga) Leavitt, Pauline (Bruel) Bowen, Nancy Nuttall, Cathy (Robert) Olsen and Carolyn Skypes.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Voneta Arelene Tripp

July 6, 1930 – October 12, 2014

Voneta Arelene Tripp (Miner) passed away peacefully at her Menifee, California home on Sunday, October 12. She was surrounded by loved ones. She died due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

She was born on July 6, 1930 to Grant and Bernece Miner in Springville, UT.

She graduated from Springville High school in 1948 and attended Utah State University. She married Raymond Tripp in 1976.

Hers was a life of service, devotion to family, church and community. She worked for the Los Angeles Public School District for many years as an administrative assistant and retired in 1992 from the US Postal Service as a senior manager for human resources. She especially loved serving in many leadership roles throughout her life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by her children, Eileen Twitchell (Maurice), Dale Peterson (Teri), Kathleen Woodbury (Paul), Maureen Peterson, step-children Vicky Freimann (Dennis) and Randy Tripp, sisters Nancy Schultze (Don), and Ina Sturlin, and brother Bert Miner (Dorothy).

She is adored by her 20+ grandchildren, 40+ great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Virginia Coleal, Phyllis Jacobsen, Lela Gutierrez, brothers John Miner, Neil Miner, Lynn Miner, and her first husband and father of her children, Gordon Richard Peterson.

A memorial was held on October 18 in Menifee for close friends and family members. A graveside family service was held the following week in Springville, UT.

Evelyn Grace Arnold


Evelyn Grace (Gloeckner) Arnold, 92, a residence of Layton, Utah, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014, of natural causes, at the Legacy Village in Layton.

Evelyn was born on January 20, 1922, in Pomeroy, Ohio, the daughter of George and Grace Gloeckner. She was the youngest of three children, her older brother John, and her sister Reva May. She graduated from East Mifflin High School near Gahanna, OH. During World War II, she worked in the Boeing bomber factory in Columbus, OH.

She met David Smith Arnold at Fort Benning, GA. They married August 23, 1947, at Fort Lewis, WA. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 22, 1953. They lived in Germany, Japan, and a number of states while her husband served in the US Army. When he retired from the army, they moved to Canoga Park, CA, and raised their children. After he retired from his second career in aerospace software engineering, she and her husband settled in Springville, UT, where she lived for about 16 years.

She was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and enjoyed sharing the gospel with others. She served in many church callings including the Primary and Relief Society. She loved family history work, and had previously been a worker at the Provo Temple.

She is survived by Geoff and Linda Arnold, Daphne and Rick Wells, Matt and Clareen Arnold, and Bruce and Cydney Arnold, and numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the LDS Chapel at 439 South Canyon Road, Springville, UT. The viewing begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11:00. The interment will be at the Provo City Cemetery immediately following the service.

Meg Ullock

Meg Ullock passed away on October 7, 2014. She was born to Abraham and Jeanette Whitmore Ullock. Meg grew up in Springville, Utah where she excelled in a variety of sports and activities. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. Meg worked in several school districts in the Salt Lake area throughout her career.

She enjoyed traveling and was able to travel to many places throughout the world. She lived a fascinating life and will be missed. A graveside service will be held at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery on Wednesday, October 15 at 11:00 am.

Betty Ann Furse Johnson


Our loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend was called home to her Heavenly Father on October 12, 2014 She will be greatly missed but has left us with loving memories.

She was born on August 11, 1927 to Alfred Cecil and Clarissa Saunders Furse, in West Jordan Utah. She married her live time sweetheart, Jack L. Johnson on May 1, 1946. Jack and Ann made their home in West Jordan for several years before moving to Springville to raise their children.

Ann is survived by her husband Jack L Johnson; 4 sons, Danny L. Johnson, Larry (Debbi) Johnson, Keith L. Johnson and Boyd (Sherry) Johnson; 2 daughters Sheryl (Charles)Taylor (AZ)and Julie Kovatch. She has 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her 11 siblings and her son-in-law Charles Taylor.

She loved to travel to their winter home in Arizona where they enjoyed the warmed of good weather and good friends. Ann loved camping, antiques and barbershop music. Her husband, Jack performed with a barbershop quarter and choir for several years and Ann loved to go with him to enjoy the music and companionship of others. She was an avid garage sale buff for many years. She had a knack of making something from nothing. We love you mom.

Thanks to the nurses from “Hearts for Hospice”, Trinity Care Center and our new little sister, Angie.

Friends and family may join us in wishing Ann goodbye Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Wheeler Mortuary 211 E 200 S Springville, Utah from 6-8 p.m. Graveside services will be Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Bluffdale Cemetery 14205 S. Redwood Road, Bluffdale, Utah at 11:00 a.m.

Kevin Lynn Eppich

Kevin Lynn Eppich, a man of outstanding goodness, age 62, died on October 11, 2014 in Provo, Utah of interstitial lung disease. He was born on May 4, 1952 in Ogden, Utah to Don C and Marilyn Jane Davidson Eppich.

Kevin lived in Ogden until he was 15 and then his family moved to Mountain Green, Utah. He excelled in school especially math and graduated as salutatorian from Morgan High School in 1971. He competed in wrestling and golf while at Morgan High School and had many close friends.

Kevin married Cindy Lee Harward in the Manti LDS temple on December 10, 1977 and together they welcomed and reared four daughters and one son; Marci [Daniel] Smyth, Provo, Cassy [Brayden] McBride, Spanish Fork, Clark [Brecklyn] Eppich, St. George, Chari [Michael] Hazlett, Spanish Fork and Karli [Garret] Shields, Lehi. They have 14 grandchildren who Kevin loved to be around.

He loved our Heavenly Father and had a deeply-rooted testimony of the Savior. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dusseldorf, Germany 1971-1973. Through his life, he served in many capacities in the LDS Church, and was currently serving as first counselor in the Springville Dry Creek Stake presidency.

He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in math education and received a master’s degree from Utah State University in secondary education. He taught math for 36 years—28 years at North Sevier High School and 8 at Provo High School–earning many teaching accolades over his career.

Kevin loved to golf, travel, camp, family traditions, and always took his wife on a weekly date. Through his career he coached high school wrestling, cross-country and golf. He enjoyed being around the youth—especially serving with the Boy Scouts and was awarded the Silver Beaver in 1994.

Kevin is survived by his wife Cindy, their children and grandchildren, sister, Melanie Eppich, Ogden, Kelly Eppich, Studio City, CA, Kerry [Sheri] Eppich, Layton and many other extended family members. His parents, a brother Kimm, his grandparents, Ernest and Ida Davidson, Leonard and Sarah Eppich and his father-in-law Gaylord Harward, preceded him in death.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E 200 S, Springville, Utah and Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Springville Dry Creek Stake Center, 1100 W 900 S Springville. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Springville Dry Creek Stake Center. Burial will be in Ogden, Utah at Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street.

Jared Ephraim Badger

“Loving son, brother, father and friend”

Jared Badger passed away on Monday October 6, 2014.  He was born on February 3, 1977 in Provo, UT to Catherine and Farrell Badger of Mapleton Utah.

Jared was the oldest of 11 children.  He grew up in Springville, Utah where he had many wonderful friends.  He served an LDS mission to Lithuania.  He married Megan Killpack in the Manti Temple and was later divorced.  Jared was a devoted father to his two identical twin daughters Lauren (13) and Leanna (13) Badger, lovingly referred to as the ‘chiclets’.

Jared lived in Midvale, Utah where he made a career doing what he excelled at in computer infrastructure and security. He was employed as the Senior IT Director of Infrastructure at Progressive Financial.  He had a brilliant mind that allowed him to pick up almost any knowledge with ease. His days of formal schooling pretty much ended in Junior High even though he occasionally attended high school and Brigham Young University. An entire night reading complex technical books was his preferred method of learning. In the missionary training center others would wonder how he was learning Lithuanian without much study. He mastered it and prided himself on a near native accent. He also picked up piano the same way. Jared lived his life to the fullest as he pursued diverse passions from family history, to rock climbing, computers, astronomy and camping along with many others. He also just completed the St. George Marathon this last weekend. He traveled extensively including trips to Africa, Brazil, Ireland, and Jamaica among others.

Jared is survived by his parents, Catherine and Farrell Badger, and his two daughters Lauren and Leanna Badger along with his ten younger siblings — Anna (Daniel) Seelos, Amy (Brent) Hedquist, Ryan Badger, Rachel (Patrick) Roundy, Jesse (Toni) Badger, Aaron (HaLee) Badger, Laurel (Dan) Kidd, Joel Badger, Ammon Badger, and Heather Badger.  He is also survived by 10 adoring nieces and nephews — with three on the way.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, 11:00 am at the Heritage LDS Chapel on 1600 N. Main Street in Mapleton, Utah.  Family and friends may visit prior to the funeral from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. The family wishes to thank all for their outpouring of love and support. It has been invaluable. They would like to request that you email memories and pictures to memoriesofjaredbadger@gmail.com.

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