EAST CARBON - Earnest Ray Stratton, age 90, passed away March 30, 2004 at his home.
He was born April 15, 1913 in Cotter, Baxter County, Ark., to Steve Franklin and Winnie Shehorn Stratton. Married Sarah Bishop, later divorced. Married Dixie, later divorced. Married Twila Marie Allen Sept. 1, 1959 in Delta, Colo. Their marriage was later sealed in the Provo LDS Temple. Twila passed away Jan. 20, 2000.
Ray was an active member of the LDS Church and he loved to attend the temple.
He was a retired uranium miner who worked for several mines through the Uravan Belt. Resident of Blanding and Moab prior to moving to East Carbon in January 2000.
Ray loved to fish and hunt. He enjoyed reminiscing with family and friends and he was an excellent storyteller.
Ray loved his family and he will be dearly missed by his children and grandchildren.
Survived by two daughters and one son, Polly (Sam) Sanderson, East Carbon; Wilma (John) Stubblefield, Fredonia, Ariz.; James A. Desirey, Reno, Nev.; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Twila; son, Troy Lynn; daughter, Daisy Gordon; and grandson, Benjamin Stubblefield.
Funeral service Friday, April 2, 10 a.m., East Carbon LDS Ward. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to service. Burial will be in the Blanding City Cemetery at 3 p.m.
MANCOS, Colo. - Theodore (Ted) Miller passed away March 28, 2004 in Mancos, Colo.
He was born April 16, 1913 in Linton, N.D., to Jacob and Christina Schnaible Miller. Ted spent his younger years in Isabel, S.D. He married the girl of his dreams, Frieda Dickoff of Timberlake, S.D., Feb. 6, 1938.
Ted had five brothers and two sisters. He and two of his brothers had a band that made music for barn dances, weddings and other celebrations all over the Dakotas.
In 1939, Ted and Frieda moved to Cripple Creek, Colo., where Ted worked in a gold mine. In 1942, the family moved to southeastern Utah, where he worked in the coal mines at Kenilworth and Hiawatha for a number of years, eventually settling in Helper where his family was raised.
Ted took up carpentry and became a master at cabinet making and home improvements. Work took him to Cortez, Colo., for a number of years.
No matter where he went, his music followed him. He played the accordion for dances and weddings in Carbon County for some 20 years. He was well-known for his waltz and polka music.
Ted was also an avid fisherman and loved Huntington Canyon.
Ted is survived by wife, Frieda, of 66 years; son, Robert Miller and wife, Kathy of Snohomish, Wash.; three daughters, Wilma Yelenich and husband, Marko, of Henderson, Nev.; Jayne Lupo of Glendale, Ariz.; Shirley Miller of Salt Lake City; two sisters, Alma Miller of Sturgis, S.D.; Leah Gretz of Phoenix, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers.
Funeral service will be Friday, April 2, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday one hour prior to service. Friends are welcome at Mitchell's daily. Interment, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.
At the request of his family, memorial contributions can be made to the donor's favorite charity.
HUNTINGTON - Our beloved Helen J. Hardee Lott Rasmussen, 82, passed away March 23, 2004 in Ferron.
She was born Sept. 2, 1921 in Hiawatha to Rulon Aurelius and Pearl Ferneth Ungerman Hardee. She married Bruce William Lott Feb. 9, 1937 in Castle Dale and later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple in May 1958. He died Jan. 10, 1980 and she married Arthur Rasmussen Aug. 23, 1984. He passed away in May 1998.
Helen enjoyed to read, travel, sew and quilt, embroidery, gardening and canning. She also worked for the Red Cross, civil defense, Huntington library, Castle Valley Credit Union, electronics and teachers aid.
She was a member of the LDS Church and served in many callings, including a mission in the Washington DC LDS Temple and the Manti LDS Temple.
She is survived by children, Don (Helane) Lott of Kearns; Fern (Derald) Oliver of Castle Dale; Ramona (Kim) Sherman of Salt Lake; Dennis (Pauline) Lott of Escalante; and Billie Jean (David) Raisanene of Greshem, Ore.; 21 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Helen is also survived by sister, Donna (Len) Anderson; and brother, LaVoy (Marilyn) Hardee. She was preceded in death by parents; spouses; son, Rulon Ray; brothers, Kenneth and Jack; sister, Roylance; granddaughter, Sharon Oliver; and great-grandsons, Christopher A. Cooper and Austin W. Grevstad.
Friends may call for a visitation at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale on Saturday, March 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. Grave-side services will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Huntington Cemetery.