GREEN RIVER - Don Ray Wilcox, age 78, passed away June 6, 2004 after a courageous 20-year battle with cancer.
Don was born Sept. 24, 1925 in Moab to Ray "Budge" and Pearl McPherson Wilcox. On Aug. 26, 1953, Don married his best friend, Jeannette Fidell.
He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre of World War II.
Don was a third generation cowboy who grew up working on his parent's ranch on the East Tavaputs Plateau.
In 1941 after selling their ranch to the Ute Indians, he and his family began building a ranch on the West Tavaputs Plateau and Range Creek.
Don loved the cowboying and ranching lifestyle and said, "I was always grateful that my dad needed a cowhand." He will always be remembered for having exceptional horses, well-bred cattle and healthy rangeland.
Don enjoyed his family and friends and never took their love for granted.
He is survived by loving daughter, Jeanie, and son-in-law, Butch Jensen; beloved sons, Jon and Jim (Kelly). Grandchildren who knew him as "Poppy" are Tate, Jennie, Emilie, Jesse and Taylor. Also survived by brother, Waldo (Julie) Wilcox; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ivan and Karen Fidell. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and multitude of great friends. Preceded in death by parents; and wife, Jeannette.
At his request, there will be no services. Interment will be in the family plot at Tavaputs Plateau Ranch.
PRICE - Dennis E. "Lucky" Bell, age 75, passed away June 4, 2004 in Price.
He was born Feb. 9, 1929 in Atoka, Okla, to Charles B. and Esther Vanderburg Bell.
He was a member of the LDS Church and longtime resident of Carbon County.
He is survived by children, Leonard and Cindy Bell, Cleveland; Dennis R. and Arcillia Bell, Draper; Dan and Katherine Bell, Texas; 14 grandchildren and four stepchildren; and Jeanie Scarlet, who thought of him as a father. Preceded in death by parents; and brothers, Charles Jr., and Clyde Ray.
Graveside services were Monday, June 7, in the Price City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.
CASTLE DALE - Ruth Emma Litster, age 79, was reunited with her loving husband June 3, 2004 in Salt Lake City after a brief illness, having endured gracefully 'till the end as was her nature.
She was born Nov. 23, 1924 in Standardville to Nephi Albert and Norah Blanche Memory Lamph. Ruth married Robert Lee Litster, June 28, 1943 in the Manti LDS Temple.
She graduated from North Emery High School, where she was active in sports, drama, academics and music. She graduated from Utah State University in elementary education. She retired after 21 years as a special ed teacher for Emery County School District, leaving a legacy of service and compassion.
As an active member of the LDS Church, she served in numerous capacities. She and her husband served in the St. Louis, Mo., mission and as temple workers in the Manti LDS Temple for over seven years.
She is survived by children, Emma Lee Larsen, Castle Dale; Mrs. Charles William Goff Jr. (Norah Olene), Mesa, Ariz.; Robert Leon Litster, Tremonton; Brenda Gay Leonard, Price; nephew, Randy Lamph, Salt Lake City; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; foster children, Paggy Fae Parker, Troy Lynn Tucker and five others. Also survived by brother, Francis Memory Lamph; and sisters, Alice Morine Davis, Anna Maxine Davis and Janet Elizabeth Herzet.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Castle Dale LDS Stake Center, Main and Center Street. Viewing will be one hour prior to services at the church. Interment, Cleveland Cemetery.