ORANGEVILLE - Richard John Sejkora, 58, passed away Dec. 21, 2005.
He was born Nov. 14, 1947 in Lewellen, Neb., the son of Jerry and Martha (Andel) Sejkora.
Richard loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed his kids and friends. He will be truly missed.
Richard is survived by children, Roxann (35), B.J. (33), Tommy (25), Richard Jr. (22), Tina (20); mother, Martha; and four brothers and one sisters.
In lieu of services, friends were invited to a wake on Dec. 27.
WELLINGTON - Lawrence "Olie" Charles Olson, age 80, passed away peacefully Jan. 4, 2006 in Provo.
Born June 22, 1925 in Columbia to Martin Lawrence and Violet Stevenson Olson. Married Helen Kuretitch, later divorced. Married Yvonna Gibson Nov. 22, 1972 in Wendover, Nev.
Olie was a member of the LDS Church and a lifelong resident of Carbon County. He worked in various mines throughout the county for 50 years and was a 60 year member of the UMWA Local 9958. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific. Olie was a member of the VFW Miners Post 2379, the Price American Legion Post 3, as well as the Spring Glen Slovenian Home. Olie will be dearly missed by his loving family and a community of friends.
Survived by wife, Yvonna R. Olson, Wellington; son, Brent (Judie) Olson; two daughters, Tammy (Dave) Hoffman, Tonya Gilson, all of Price; stepdaughter, Paula (Fred) Ray, Loma, Colo.; stepsons, Dean (Pam) Simpson, Hayden, Colo.; Buddy (Carla) Simpson, East Carbon; brother-in-law, Mose and Johnny Gibson, Salt Lake City; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; stepdaughter, Karen Shepherd; and stepgrandson, Dirk Bierschied.
Funeral service was on Jan. 9 at Mitchell Funeral Home.Interment, Cliffview Cemetery.
PRICE - Gordon Parker, age 88, passed away peacefully Jan. 7, 2006 in Salt Lake City.
He was born Oct. 25, 1917 in Hooper to Charles G. and Della Fowers Parker. Married his soul mate Kathy Xiras June 8, 1996 in Elko, Nev.
Gordon graduated from the University of Washington where he received his degree in journalism and served as president of Sigma Delta Chi. He served his country in the U.S. Army Field Artillery and was later commissioned as a Captain of the Tank Destroyer where he was honorably discharged. Longtime resident of Carbon County where he was co-owner and operator of the Carbon Grocery Co. Gordon was elected as the first mayor of East Carbon in 1973. He served as bailiff for the 7th District Court in Carbon County, public relations officer for the Washington State Liquor Control Commission in Olympia, Wash., president of the East Carbon Rotary Club, Chairman of the Carbon County Historical Society, Chairman of the Carbon County Democratic Party, and Chairman of the Western Association of Land Users. Gordon also served on the Board of Directors of the former Carbon Nursing Home, Board of Directors of the Carbon County Housing Authority, the Eastern Utah Racing Association and from 1967-1969 served on the Utah State Liquor Control Commission.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 137 and Price Elks Lodge 1550.
Survived by loving wife, Kathy Parker, Price; daughter, Marcia Parker, Georgia; stepchildren, Bobby Jones, Price; Meagan (David) Doporto, Rock Springs, Wyo.; brother, Claude Z. Parker, Reston, Va.; four grandchildren, Jordan and Kaitlyn Jones, Kaelah and Morgan Doporto. Preceded in death by parents; son, Jim; two brothers; and six sisters.
Funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Trisagion service Tuesday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home in Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday and Wednesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 61 South 200 East, Price, Utah 84501.
FERRON - Dwight Lee Killpack, 75, left this earth on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 at his home in Ferron after a 16 year battle with Parkinson's disease. All his family were around him in his home when he passed just as he would want it.
Dwight was born Dec. 7, 1930 to Llewellyn (LW) and Eva Irene Williams Killpack. He married Maude Marie Snow May 8, 1950. They were later sealed in the Manti LDS Temple on July 27, 1963.
He was the youngest of eight brothers. Dwight loved the mountains and being with his kids, his brothers, his nephews, nieces and grandchildren. His ability to teach without saying a word was incredible and his example spoke volumes. He was a loving husband and a caring father. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions, including bishopric member.
He is survived by wife; children, Parke Lee (Toni) Killpack of Ferron; Bevan Dwight (Becky) Killpack of St. George; Kollynne Behling of Louisville, Ky.; Kollette (Mike) Cologie of Castle Dale; Kyle Ladd (Jean) Killpack of Parker, Colo.; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brother, Ben Killpack of Castle Dale. Preceded in death by parents; six brothers; and grandson, Brody.
Dwight was known for his ability to fix or make anything with his hands. His patience was his greatest gift. He taught his children to be responsible and dependable; he adored his wife and daughters and was very proud of his sons. He gave community and church service selflessly. His sense of humor never faded even in his final days. His pain is gone and his progress is eternal. We will be with him again.
Funeral services will be at the Millsite Ward LDS Chapel in Ferron, Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and one hour prior to services at the chapel. The family would like to express their appreciation to Rocky Mountain Health and Hospice and to all of Dwight's friends who helped in the last while.
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