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Matthew (Bonz) Vern Morgan

Matthew (Bonz) Vern Morgan placed himself into the arms of our Savior in the early morning hours of February 15, 2015. Matt was born on June 15, 1969 to Kent Edward and Esther Rae Young, Morgan. Matt is a righteous member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with a personal knowledge of the Love that his Heavenly Father and the Savior have for him.

Matt grew up in the Kaysville area as well as the family home in Springville. He attended Springville High School where he played the trumpet in the high school band. Matthew was an accomplished softball player. He played with his family and many teams throughout the years making many lasting friendships with numerous teammates. He passed on his talents to his children and coached many of their teams. Matt’s secret dream was to be a country singer – but his favorite stage was really singing his kids to sleep at night. Matt was an avid golfer and cinnamon tooth pick holder. He loved the New York Yankees, George Strait and most of all his family. He always had a close bond and friendships with his brothers. Matthew with his wife Michelle was the owner and operator of Ramah Greetings.

Matt married the only love of his life, Michelle Carter on October 14, 1994. They were sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Temple on October 14, 1998. Matthew was the fabulous father of Essa (Aaron) Cole, Ryan Eckstrom, Nastassja, Mikayla, Briella, Bronco and Mustang Morgan and grandfather to Jordan Cole.

Matthew is survived by Michelle and his Children. Parents, Kent (Sue) Morgan, Esther Rae (Don) Bybee. Brothers, Mark (Sujitra) Morgan, Mike (Susan) Morgan, Scott Morgan, Marty (Lydia) Morgan, Max (Becky) Morgan, Monty (Natalie) Billie, Nicole Gustad and Tony (Joan) Sippert. Numerous Nephews, Nieces and Cousins that he teased and was so very close too.

Matthew was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Uncle Orvil Clark, Uncle Vern Young, brother, Emerson Soue, niece, Mariah Morgan and Nephew, Brad Ford.

A viewing will be held on Friday February 20, 2015 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary 211 E. 200 S., Springville or one hour prior to service on Saturday at the Chapel. Funeral Services will be held February 21, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kolob LDS 8th Ward Chapel, 400 E. 800 S., Springville. Interment to be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to assist with funeral expenses. An account has been set up in Matthew’s name at UCCU in Springville. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wheelermortuaries.com

Wilbur Lennial “Bish” Snelson

PH Snelson 1PH Snelson 2On Valentine’s Day, surrounded by his loving family, Wilbur “Bish” Snelson peacefully returned to a loving Father in Heaven. He was born October 21, 1924 in Payson, UT, to Thomas and Margaret Snelson.

Growing up during the depression he learned to work hard, milking cows, gathering eggs and working at the local grocery store starting at age 13. Following high school he trained as an aircraft mechanic in Glendale, CA. He declined an offer from TransWorld Airlines to take a job at Hillfield to assist the war effort. Although his job exempted him from military service he enlisted with the Army Aircorp where he served as a flight instructor in B-25s and B-17s.

He attended Utah State University where he met his wife Bonnie Blackner. They were happily married for 68 years. He worked as a store manager for JC Penney Co. for 38 years serving in Payson, Preston, Pocatello, Milford and Springville where he worked for 28 years prior to retiring in 1984.

A member of the LDS church, he served in many positions including Bishop and President of the Stake Seventy’s Quorum. He served a mission to Nauvoo with Bonnie. He was active in civic affairs serving as President of the Springville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Kiwanis Club.

He played the trumpet and sang baritone in several musical groups. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with friends from the neighborhood. He especially enjoyed family reunions at Fish Lake and Bear Lake. He was one of the early supporters of building the Hobble Creek Golf Course and loved to play there. Despite the ravages of Parkinson’s disease he managed to play a few holes on his 90th birthday.

The family would like to thank the staff at Reid’s Park Place for their loving care and many hours of service.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Homer and Ronald and sisters Melba and Nelda. He is survived by sister Ruby, wife Bonnie, daughters Nedra (Kim) Bean, Jane Widdison, Jeanette (Gary) Herbert, Maureen (Terry) Reid, sons Clark (Stephanie) Snelson, Robert (Tanya) Snelson, 27 grandchildren, 65 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.

Viewing will be held Wednesday from 6-8 at Wheeler Mortuary and from 9:30-10:30 at the church prior to the service. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday February 19 at the Hobble Creek Stake Center, 555 South 600 East, Springville UT.

Donna Rowene Huff Bird

1929~2015

Rowene was born June 20, 1929 at home in Spanish Fork, Utah to Harvey Earl and Donna Jane Thomas Huff. She passed away peacefully February 12, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She married the love of her life, Robert Grant Bird on March 18, 1948. They were later sealed in the Manti Temple as an eternal family on April 18, 1964.

Mom was always a great cheerleader to all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always made it a point to support us in our activities. Mom was a wonderful cook, beautiful seamstress (sewing all of us girl’s clothes). Quilting and crocheting were just some of her amazing talents.

Mom worked at Nebo School district for 30 years as the lunchroom manager. She held many position in the LDS Church, serving as Primary President, Primary teacher and Visiting Teacher. She was actively involved in the PTA throughout our childhood.

Mom you watched us take our first breath and we watched you take your last. Now your eternal journey begins and your legacy will live on in each and every one of us.

Mom is survived by her children: Randall Grant (Kathy) Bird and Denise (Keith) Dallin of Springville; Jayne Ann (Stephen) Bills and Linda (Trent) Hoover of Mapleton; Pat (Ray) Crane of Springville; sisters: Carol (Robert) Llewellyn, Sharon (Edward) Swenson, Janae (Reo) Carson and sister-in-law, Louise Bird; 15 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.  She was preceded in death by her late husband, Robert (Dec. 29, 2013); her parents; grandson, Korey Morris Dallin; great grandsons: Holden and Reve Dyke; brothers-in-law: Guy and Jack Bird; sister-in-law, Colleen Bird and two nieces: Debbie and Janae.

The family would like to express great thanks to Provo Dialysis/Dr. Eppich; CNS Hospice nurse, Lois Sutherland and CNA, Sarah Sutherland; Tracy Dallin, Larry and Myrna Robertson and many family members, neighbors and friends for all their kindness and loving care.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 12 Noon in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery, 1997 S 400 E, Springville, under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

Condolences may be sent at www.wheelermortuaries.com.

John Albert Pratt

1941~2015

John Albert Pratt passed away unexpectedly at home on February 14, 2015. He was born on August 15, 1941 in Cardston, Alberta, Canada.  Many colorful experiences filled his youth – some he shared while others remain a mystery.  He and his lovely bride of 49 years met hitchhiking while employed at Glacier National Park, Montana.  As a young man John served a mission for the LDS Church in the Central British Mission; later he and Barbara served together in the England London Mission.

After graduating from BYU he began his career in the banking industry in Chicago, Illinois.  He then moved to Denver, Colorado to launch his own bank marketing consulting firm.

John and Barb have enjoyed their retirement years in Mapleton, Utah.  He loved sharing produce from his garden, cheating at cards, woodworking, shining others shoes, the beauty of Utah viewed along various ATV trails and spoiling his grandchildren. He loved entertaining.  He always felt that the best part of his home were the people that came through the front door.

John served in the LDS church in various capacities.  He has enjoyed his many associations while serving as a bishop and branch president in Suburban West Ward Illinois, Lakewood 3rd Ward Colorado, BYU 104th Ward Utah, Rochford England Branch and Provo Utah MTC.  His favorite opportunities were serving with the outstanding young adults of the BYU 104th ward and being a home teacher.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Kay Plewes Pratt; his children Julie (Steven) Walker, JB (Caroline) Pratt, Bonnie (Eric) Bowman, Christopher Pratt, Heather (Jason) Mons and 13 wonderful grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents William M and Nellie Pratt and infant brother Larry.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015, 11 a.m. at the Mapleton Stake Center, 970 North 400 East in Mapleton, UT.  A viewing will be held for family and friends prior to the funeral from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. as well as Thursday, February 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the same location.

Jane Cherrington Hinckley

April 30, 1929 – February 13, 2015

Loving wife, mother and grandmother, Jane Cherrington Hinckley, passed away February 13, 2015 in South Jordan, UT at the age of 85 after a brief illness.

Jane was born in Provo, UT on April 30, 1929.  She was the fifth and youngest child of Hilda Wheeler Cherrington and Amyot Willard Cherrington.  She was raised on “the farm” on the East bench of Springville, UT.  They raised chickens and eggs, cows for milk and butter, and acres of fruit trees.  This is where she learned to play the piano, did farm work and learned how to pick “Cherrington Cherries”.  She graduated from Springville High School and attended Utah State.  She married Merlin J. Norton in the Salt Lake Temple.  They had two sons Michael J. Norton and Howard Cherrington Norton.  They lived in Springville, UT until 1956 when they moved to the Midwest and lived in ten different places in Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota over the next ten years until they moved to Omaha, NE where they later divorced in 1967.

In April of 1971 she married William R. Hinckley in the Manti, UT Temple and combined their children for a total of seven children and one “foster”-daughter.  Bill and Jane lived in Omaha, NE, until Bill passed away in October 1989.  Bill was the Director of the Boys’ Clubs of Omaha and served on the Boys’ Clubs of America Board.  Jane had many jobs in her life.  She was a farm worker, truck driver, clerk, dental assistant, homemaker, secretary and seminary teacher.  Jane later moved to Springville, UT, where she built her home on “the farm”.

Jane held many church callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:  Sunday School, Young Women’s, Primary President, Ward and Stake Relief Society President, Ward and Stake Organist and early morning Seminary Teacher.  She served a Temple Mission to the Chicago Illinois Temple  and was a shift coordinator at the Provo Utah Temple.  She and her husband Bill, who served as Stake President in Omaha, had the opportunity of hosting many church General Authorities in their home including Pres. Spencer W. Kimball and his wife, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson and many others.

Over the last four years Jane has resided at Reid’s Park Place in Springville and Carrington Court Memory Care Unit in S. Jordan.  We would like to thank all of her caregivers at home, Reid’s Park Place, Carrington Court and from Millcreek Hospice for the kindness and loving care that you gave Jane.  Jane also had the greatest neighbors in the world in Scott and Linda Sumsion and family, a wonderful friend, Kathy Vaughn that visited her right until the end of Jane’s life, and a daughter-in-law supreme in Chris, who was always there for anything and everything.

Jane is survived by her sons, Michael J. Norton (Michelle), Howard Cherrington Norton (Christine), her step-children Ronald H. Hinckley (Cathy), William “Scott” Hinckley (Becky), Teri Hinckley Chase-Dunn (Ian), Deborah Hinckley George, Richard “Shane” Hinckley (Amy), thirty grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren with two more on the way and numerous nephews and nieces.  She was preceded in death by her husband William R. Hinckley, her parents, her brothers Jack and Bert, by her sisters Captola and Carol and by four nephews.

A viewing will be held Thursday Feb. 19th at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 E. 200 S. Springville, UT, from 6pm to 8pm.  Funeral services will be at the Springville 7th Ward Chapel at 1785 E. 400 S. Springville, UT,  (on “the farm”) at 10am Friday Feb. 20th, preceded by a viewing at 9am.  Internment at Rexburg City Cemetery, Rexburg, ID, 1pm Saturday Feb. 21st.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Omaha which Jane and Bill supported through labor and love for many years.    www.bgcomaha.org

Kenneth Atwood Dunn

1922~2015

Kenneth Atwood Dunn, age 92, returned home to his beloved wife and his Heavenly Father on February 16, 2015. Ken was born on July 19, 1922 in Tyhee, Idaho to Sam and Ethel Dunn.

As a Marine in WWII, he was at Pearl Harbor and fought in the battles of Guadalcanal (where he was wounded and later awarded a Purple Heart), Midway, and Tarawa. After his discharge from the military, he served as deputy sheriff in Blackfoot, Idaho where he met Itha LoRene Kesler when she came into the police station asking for a ride home. Ken and LoRene were married November 17th, 1951 and later sealed for time and all eternity on June 7th, 1962 in the Logan Utah LDS Temple.

Ken had many talents and interests along with an insatiable wanderlust which allowed him to work in a variety of trades. He found the most joy in traveling with his wife through 48 states as a trucker for NorthAmerican. After their trucking career, Ken and LoRene retired to a small farm in Pocatello, Idaho where Ken was able to share his love of fishing and other hobbies with his grandchildren. They later settled in Provo, Utah to be close to family.

Ken is preceded in death by LoRene, his wife of 56 years; his brothers: Lowell and Melvin and a granddaughter, Jill. He is survived by his five children: Dennis (Sherry) Dunn, Becky (John) Segesman, Lowell (Carol) Dunn, Shelly (Paul) Nance, Clark (Dori) Dunn; 22 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers: Wendell and Allen and his sister, Beth.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the LDS Chapel at 1625 S. Slate Canyon Drive, Provo, UT, with a viewing held from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will be in the Springville Historic Cemetery under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary.

David Eames Gledhill

1927~2015
David Eames Gledhill passed away peacefully at his home in Springville on February 13, 2015.  He was born May 24, 1927 in Richfield, Utah to Dr. Thomas Ray Gledhill and Rebecca May Eames.  He grew up in Richfield, the youngest of seven children.  David graduated early from Richfield High School to join the Navy during WWII.  His time in the Navy was spent on the USS Black, where he traveled throughout the Pacific and Orient.  Following the war, David attended BYU until his call to serve an LDS mission in Great Britain.  In 1952, as David drove tour buses for the Utah Parks Company, he met Joy Christiansen, a hostess at the Bryce Canyon Lodge.

David and Joy married on April 9, 1953, in the Manti LDS Temple.  Together they raised 2 sons and 1 daughter and have been blessed with 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

After receiving his B.A. in education at BYU, David began his teaching career at Springville Junior High. He later received his M.A. from Colorado State University.  He taught in various positions in Nebo School District for over 30 years.

David strived to lead a Christ centered life.  Service was an important aspect of this conviction. He served as bishop of the Springville First Ward and as a counselor in the Kolob Stake presidency.  David was able to bless the lives of countless individuals as a sealer in the Provo Temple and as the patriarch of the Hobble Creek Stake.  Together David and Joy served three missions for the LDS church.  His example of Christ-like service will be missed.

David is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Joy, and his children, Bret (Teresa), Basin City, WA, Rebecca (Tim, deceased) Johnston, Springville, and Kent (Tanna), Provo.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Hobble Creek Stake Center (495 S. Canyon Dr., Springville). Viewings will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary (211 E. 200 S., Springville) and Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:45 at the church prior to the services. Interment in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.

Billy Casper

     Surrounded by family members and his wife of 62 years, William Earl “Billy” Casper Jr., devoted family man, champion golfer, and friend to all, passed away at his home in Springville, Utah, on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. He was born 83 years earlier in San Diego, California, on June 24, 1931, to William Earl and Isabel Casper. He lived a full and rich life, centered around a family posterity that stood at 80 members when he died, with four more on the way.

In golf, he secured a place among the best to ever play the game. He won 51 times on the PGA Tour, the seventh most ever. In 1988 the PGA Tour ranked him tied with Ben Hogan as its fourth greatest competitor in history, behind only Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. As of 2015, his lifetime winning percentage of 9.2 percent ranked third in the modern era, behind only Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. He won two U.S. Opens, in 1959 at Winged Foot and 1966 at Olympic Club, and the 1970 Masters at Augusta National. From 1956 through 1971 he won at least one tournament a year for 16 straight seasons, the second longest streak in history. He was named PGA Player of the Year twice, captured two money titles, collected five Vardon Trophies for lowest stroke average of the season. He played on eight U.S. Ryder Cup teams, winning 23 ½ points, the highest total ever for an American. In 1979 he captained the victorious Ryder Cup team. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978, prior to joining the Senior (now Champions) Tour in 1981, where he won another nine tournaments and two senior majors. In 2010 he was given the PGA of America’s Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. All his life he was a tireless ambassador for the game of golf, traveling the world to spread goodwill. The friendship he began in 1969 with the king of Morocco, Hassan II, developed into a lifetime relationship with the royal family that opened many diplomatic doors.

In 1966, at the age of 34 and the height of his golfing career, he made the unprecedented move of joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His devotion to the church knew no bounds. He gave hundreds, if not thousands, of fireside talks while an active golfer and afterward. After winning the U.S. Open in 1966 he didn’t go to Scotland to play in the British Open, the season’s next major, because he’d committed to host the LDS All-Church tournament in Salt Lake City.

Born and raised in the San Diego area, he learned to play golf at the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista. He began caddying at age 11 and early on developed a habit of putting in the dark after the course was closed, honing what has been called the finest putting stroke in golf history. He left California briefly on a golf scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, but returned after less than a semester, homesick for his girlfriend, Shirley. He joined the navy and the week after she graduated from high school in 1952 he and Shirley were married.

Billy and Shirley filled their home with children. They had five of their own, adopted six more, and raised several others through the years as official and unofficial foster children. In 1992 they started the Billy Casper Youth Foundation, a charity that hosts an annual fundraising tournament at San Diego Country Club and has raised more than $3 million for children’s causes.

Billy Casper is survived by his wife, Shirley, his children Linda (Kim) Henrie, Billy (Karen), Bob (Kelly), Byron, Jeni (John) Carpenter, Judi (Jack) Fisher, Charlie (Gina), David, Julia (Johnny) Cervantez, Sarah (Michael) Morris, Tommy, and “foster” children Emory (Michelle) Allen and Debby (David) Lappatt, 37 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m., at the LDS stake center at 350 N. 900 E. in Provo. The family will visit with guests Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville and prior to the service, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the stake center. Burial will be at Evergreen cemetery in Springville, 1997 S., 400 E. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Billy Casper Youth Foundation, 761 8th Street, Imperial Beach, CA 91932.

Bruce Ray Nilsson

PH Nilsson 2Bruce Ray Nilsson passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the age of 91.

He was born on May 4, 1923 in Raymond Alberta Canada to Arthur C. Nilsson and Rhoda Irene Ransom. He spent most of his life in American FAmericanFlagork, Utah where he attended school and graduated from American Fork High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII from 1942-1945 and spent 26 years in the Naval Reserve retiring in 1968. We are grateful for his service protecting our nation and freedom. Bruce was able to go on the Utah Honor Flight with his son Darrin this past September to see the nation’s capitol and memorials there. This was a great honor for him. 

Bruce served a faithful mission in 1950 teaching the people of Uruguay the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He loved telling us stories about his service there and blessed the lives of many. Bruce attended BYU and earned a bachelor’s degree in t3enera1 “Education and Marketing then later in Special Education. He spent much of his life teaching school educating others. He loved to learn and study about many things. He had a beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing duets with his mother. He also had a great talent in dancing and at one time taught ballroom dancing.

In the summer of 1960 Bruce attended a dance at BYU where he met his wife, Beverly Jean Finch. They were sealed for time and all eternity on November 23, 1960 in the Salt Lake City Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years. His children include: infant daughter RaeJean (deceased), Cory (Kirstin), Darrin (Kimber), Wade (Jeanine), and Steve Dameron (Suzzette). Bruce loved his 9 grandchildren, Travis (Stephanie), Spencer, Joshua (serving in the Nagoya, Japan mission), Tyler, Rylee, Noah, Hannah, Olivia and Emma Nilsson. We love you and will rejoice the day we meet again!

Funeral services will be held in the Spring Creek 14th Ward Chapel at 672 North 250 West in Springville on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.  There will be a viewing held at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the services at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be in the American Fork Cemetery.

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Doris Rowley Thompson

Doris Rowley Thompson was reunited with her loving husband, family members and Heavenly Father on the 27th of January 2015.  She was born January 8, 1933 to Nello James and Gladys Zella Giles Rowley.

She married her sweetheart, Cyril Peter Thompson, on March 16, 1951.  Together they raised seven children, James (Jan), Allan (Valerie), Linda (David), LynnAnn, Michael (Chris), Steven (Laura) and Jean.  Survived by 34 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.  She had 3 brothers and one sister, Darlene Condie (Packard) is still living.

She graduated from Springville High School in 1951.  She served as Art Queen when she was a sophomore in High School.  She performed in plays in high school and MIA.

She served as a Jr. Sunday School teacher, Den Mother, Den Leader for Kolob and Mapleton Stakes, and Relief Society work night coordinator.

She enjoyed playing the organ, oil painting, and attending her childrens’ and grandchildren’s events.

Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing at the Wheeler Mortuary, 82 W 400 N, Mapleton, Utah on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 6 to 8 P.M.  A viewing will also be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Mapleton 17th Ward chapel, 1068 S 1600 W Mapleton, from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM, followed by the funeral services that will begin at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be at the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.

Special thanks to the wonderful individuals who so lovingly cared for her during her last few years.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS Church.

Thanks for being the best Mom ever.  We were blessed with wonderful parents!

FOREVER AND EVER

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