FERRON - Staff Sgt. Charles (Chuckeddie) E. Owens, 37, was taken from us in a tragic motorcycle accident May 1, 2008 in Joshua Tree, Calif.
Charley was born Oct. 10, 1970 in Price to David and Sharon Owens of Ferron. His childhood was spent in Ferron on the Owens ranch. He loved ranch work and what it meant to be a cowboy. His late grandfather, Robert (Bob) Owens, was one of the biggest influences for Charley when it came to being a cowboy: listening to old stories, singing songs, feeding/milking cows and breaking horses.
As he entered high school, his love for music emerged with the marching band and the opportunity to begin his journey as a drum major. He graduated as bandsman of the year from Emery High School, Castle Dale, in 1988. He attended Utah Valley State College for a year before discovering the U.S. Marine Corps.
"Once I saw that marching band cross the parade deck, I knew that's what I want to do," said Owens.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in April 1990. In July 1991, he graduated the basic course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Va., and reported for duty as a French horn instrumentalist with the Second Marine Division Band, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
In May 1994, he was transferred to Parris Island, S.C., for duty with the Parris Island Marine Corps Band. In December 1998, he was transferred to the Armed Forces School of Music to attend the ceremonial conductor/drum major course and graduated in June 1999 as the recipient of the Golden Mace award given to the highest scoring drum major student and was asked to remain at the school as an instructor.
Owens transferred to Marine Corps Band, 29 Palms, Calif., in August 2001 for duty as the acting drum major. In October 2003, he reported to the Quantico Marine Band, Quantico, Va. His final transfer in March 2008 brought him back to 29 Palms, Calif.
Charley is remembered by loving family and friends all over the country. Known to all as a man of honor, patriotism and a love of being a Marine cowboy. Charley had but two sides of his life: the true essence of being a cowboy and the honor, courage and commitment of being one of the finest Marines in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Charla of Billings, Mont.; his daughter, McKenzie of Brigham City; son, Jordan Smith of East Point, Fla.; mother and father, David and Sharon Owens of Ferron; brothers, David (Stacy) of Kanab; Steve of Payson; Will (Kristy) of Magna; and Dan of Salt Lake City; sisters, Nancy (Todd) of Terre Haute, Ind.; and Kathryn (Eric) Howes of Ferron; two grandparents; seven aunts and uncles; 23 nieces and nephews; and four grand-nieces.He was preceded in death by his grandparents Robert (Bob) and Esther Owens.
Services are pending.Interment will be in the Ferron Cemetery. More details may be found at www.chuckeddie.org
In lieu of flowers, Charley would have appreciated your donations go to www.jdrf.org or www.fallenheroesfund.org.
Ruth O. Brasher
HUNTINGTON - Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Ruth O. Brasher, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on May 1, 2008 at age 86.
Born Aug. 24, 1921 in Cleveland to Joseph and Charlotte Nelson Otterstrom. She married Chester Brasher on Nov. 18, 1946 in the Manti LDS Temple.
Ruth loved her family dearly and was completely devoted to them.
She was an avid reader, learned to love the Utah Jazz, loved brightly colored flowers and enjoyed music and dancing. Her excellent cooking skills will be missed.
She was a teacher for 33 years at Green River Elementary, Cleveland Elementary and Huntington Elementary.
Ruth's wit and affection will never be forgotten. She was loved by all her family.
Survived by her children, Lynda McBride, Lynn (Barbra) Brasher, JuDee Brasher and Nancy (Robert) Lyons. Proud grandmother of Lynn Lyons, Brittany McBride and Chris McBride. Survived by grandchildren, Patti (Bart) Daniels, Chad (Jeannine) Briggs, Kari (Clark) Cannon, Dyke (Carrie) Briggs; 22 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren; sister, JoAnn Durrant; brothers, Kenneth and Jack Otterstrom; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Aubrey, Stanley, Rawland and Carlyle Otterstrom; and son-in-law Brian McBride.
Funeral services were Monday, May 5, at the Huntington 4th LDS Ward. Interment, Huntington Cemetery. Cannon Mortuary Funeral Directors.
A special thanks to Brittany McBride for the special care given to her grandmother over the past few years.
Florence TuckerWayman Poulos
AURORA - Florence Tucker Wayman Poulos, age 83, passed away May 1, 2008 in Aurora.
Florence was born Feb. 23, 1925 in Mohrland to Merrill and Luella Black Tucker as the oldest of eight children. She grew up in Cleveland.
Florence married Reed Wayman on Aug. 4, 1942. Together, they had four children. Reed passed away in 1957. Florence married George Poulos on July 14, 1961. They adopted a son, Tracy. George later passed away in 1980 and, in November 1981, Florence moved to Aurora where she spent the remainder of her days.
Florence was a member of the LDS Church.
Her hobbies included gardening, fishing, reading and traveling.
She taught herself how to oil paint and she became very good at it.
She loved watching the birds that came to her house, hummingbirds, orioles and blue birds.
She loved spring as everything was turning green and the flowers would start to show above the ground. Vases of flowers would adorn her house at this time of the year.
Florence's family was her most important thing in her life, and this showed by the apparent closeness of her family.
Florence loved life and the beauty all around her. She loved all flowers and the outdoors. She has blessed the lives of her family with her love and her laughter.
She is gone, but never forgotten.
Florence is survived by three daughters, Dawna (Reeve) Cook of Huntington; Ella Ruth Wayman of Aurora; and Merrillee (John) Zmerzlikar of Helper; one sister, Doris Miller of Magna; three brothers: George Tucker of Huntington; Lyle Tucker of Aurora; and Gery Tucker of Salt Lake; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Reed; her second husband, George; a sister, Nedra Winder; two brothers Merrille "June" Tucker Jr. and Blaine Kay Tucker; and two sons, Jerry Wayman and Tracy Poulos.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, May 6, at 1 p.m at the Cleveland City Cemetery. A viewing will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale.
WELLINGTON - Our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Beth Prescott Moosman, age 89, returned home to her Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at her home in Wellington.
She was the sixth of nine children born to Ernest J. and Elizabeth Page Prescott in Francis on July 21, 1918.
Beth grew up in Hayden and attended schools in the area. On Sept. 5, 1936 ,she married Boydie Lavon Moosman in Vernal. They were married for 67 years before his passing on June 24, 2003. She went on to receive her endowments and was sealed to her husband on Jan. 29, 2005 in the Vernal LDS Temple.
Beth was a counselor in the Relief Society, visiting teacher, Primary teacher and Cub Scout and 4-H leader.
She spent many years sewing, crocheting and making quilts for her family.
She was a devoted mother and grandmother who cherished her family and was happiest when she was with or around them.
She took great pride in caring for her garden, flowers and beautiful yard.
She was blessed to be able to go on a trip to Nauvoo, Ill., with two of her daughters and her grandson. It was a trip she was never to forget.
She was the glue that held her family together and we will miss her dearly.
Our joy of having her in our lives will always be cherished and remembered.
Beth is survived by five sons and three daughters, Rex (Roseanne) Moosman, Cleveland; Judy Messinger, Kearns; Ralph (Karen) Moosman, Elmo; Ken (Joni) Moosman, Clawson; Shirley (Terry) Stansfield, Wellington; Merlin (Carol) Moosman, Carbonville; Max (Kim) Moosman, Dawn (Gary) Stansfield, both of Miller Creek; brothers, Vance (Neva) Prescott, Emmett, Idaho; Ralph (Verrena) Prescott, Neola; sister, Audrey Pectol Divine, Blue Lake, Calif.; 37 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Boyd; son-in-law, Paul Messinger; grandchildren, Chris and Shane Stansfield; Johnny, Travis and Ty Moosman; Kena Stansfield Adair; David Fletcher; and Kelly Villa; sisters, Zelda Elmer, Fannie Williams, Muril Moosman; and a brother, Jay Prescott.
Funeral service Tuesday, May 6, 11 a.m., Wellington LDS Stake Center. Family will be at the church Tuesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home.
FOUNTAIN GREEN - LuJane Christiansen Cook passed away on April 30, 2008 in Provo.
LuJane was born on April 3, 1928 in Fountain Green to Joseph R. and Hilda Christina Petersen Christiansen.
She was raised in Fountain Green and attended Fountain Green Elementary, Moroni High School and Brigham Young University.
She taught elementary school in Fountain Green.
She married Emerson Cook on July 7, 1948 in the Manti LDS Temple. They had three children, Joseph Dean (Ruth), Fountain Green; Dwight Emerson (Patty), Fountain Green; and Gwen (Neal) Peacock, Castle Dale.
She loved music, embroidery, people, visiting and storytelling. She was a wonderful cook, whose specialty was chocolate chip cupcakes.
She gladly served in many callings in her church, including choir director, Primary president, Relief Society president, and she served for many years as an organist and ordinance worker at the Manti LDS Temple.
LuJane had a generous spirit and loved and cared for all she met, especially the down-trodden, downhearted and those in need.
Her passing will leave her family, friends, community and nation poorer while it greatly enriches heaven.
She is survived by her three children, 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emerson; grandson, Thomas Cook; and brother, Ballard Christiansen
Viewing was Sunday, May 4, at the Fountain Green LDS Chapel. Funeral services were Monday, May 5, at the chapel. Funeral arrangements wereunder the care of Rasmussen Mortuary.
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