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Rodney Ivie

OREM - Rodney Shane Ivie, 38, of Orem, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, March 2, 2006.

She was born Feb. 8, 1968 to Rodney Dale and Glenda Johnson Ivie in Provo. He married Shelley Cingoloni March 3, 1990 and together had three children, Conner, Shailey and Nathan. They were later divorced. He married his sweetheart and best friend, Kathy Kurtz March 10, 2000.

He was raised in Price and earned his Eagle Scout with two palms. He was a 1986 graduate of Carbon High School and served a mission to Arcadia, Calif. He worked as a purchasing manager for Centaur Printing for 15 years.

Shane loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and motorcycles (desert and motocross). He traveled the world looking for adventure. He was larger than life and would make friends with complete strangers.

Most of all he loved his wife and children. Shane was the shepherd of our family, always making sure everyone got together, he would plan family events even down to the food. You were a better person for having known him. He brought out the best in all he met, and had a good sense of humor and an infectious laugh.

He was an active member of the LDS Church. He had a great love for the Savior and had a strong testimony. He put his heart and soul into every calling he held. He especially loved serving as secretary in the Elders Quorum. He could always be counted on for service projects of any kind.

Survivors include wife, Kathy of Orem; five children, Conner Shane Ivie, 15; Shailey Kaitlyn Ivie, 13; Nathan Glenn Ivie, 9; Savanah Kae Ivie, 4 and one half; and Kylee Michelle Ivie, 3; parents, Rodney Dale and Glenda Ivie of Saratoga Springs; two brothers, Cody James (Holly) Ivie of Pleasant Grove; Ryan Dale (Eve) Ivie of Payson; grandparents, Lillian Mangum, Louise Kurtz, Gladys Johnson, Evelyn Morris; and father- and mother-in-law, Fred and Shirley Kurtz; and many nieces and nephews which he loved very much. He was preceded in death by grandpa, Glenn E. Johnson; grandparents, Milton and Shirley Ivie, LaMar A Mangum, and Fred L. Kurtz.

Funeral services were Monday, March 6 in the Timp Park 6th LDS Ward Chapel, 955 N. 300 East, in Orem. Interment, Orem City Cemetery under the direction of Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, Orem.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Dee Johnson

BICKNELL - Dee Lyle Johnson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, passed away March 2, 2006 at his home in Bicknell due to cancer.

He was born Nov. 20, 1939 in Hanksville, a son of Elmer A. and Ilda Duncan Johnson. Dee Lyle married Lila Rodriquez Oct. 6, 1967 in Bicknell and helped her raise her five children.

He grew up in Wayne County and graduated from Wayne High School, Class of 1958. He served in the Armed Forces for two years. He was a very skilled machinist and always found joy in whatever work he was doing. He was an active member of the community, giving service to the fire department, EMTs, Jeep posse and served as the Wayne County sheriff for eight years, a job he truly enjoyed.

Dee Lyle is survived by wife, Lila of Bicknell; brother, Ferd Johnson of Blanding; five children, Ronnie and Patty Krause of Bicknell; Marcee and Mike Pueblo of Phoenix, Ariz.; William Krause of Escalante; Susan and Dave Behunin of Torrey; David and Desi Johnson of Loa; and the joy and center of his life was his 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by parents, Elmer and Ilda Johnson; sister, Ester Barney; brother, Wayne Johnson; and "Duke," his dog.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 7, 1 p.m. in the Thurber LDS Ward Chapel in Bicknell. Friends may call for viewing at the ward chapel in Bicknell Tuesday morning from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to services. Burial, Bicknell Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Harold Brown American Legion Post 92 under the direction of Springer Turner Funeral home. Online guest book at

Velma Anderson

PRICE - Velma (McKee) Anderson, 93, passed away March 3, 2006 at her home in Carbonville.

She was born Oct. 24, 1912 in Huntington, the daughter of James and Eliza (Sherman) McKee. She married Neldon Fredrick Anderson Jan. 3, 1929 in Price, which was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.

Velma was an industrious woman with an entrepreneurial spirit. During the building of the bridge in Huntington, she ran a boarding house for the road maintenance crews.

She ran several businesses, which included a service station and the "El Camino" tavern and diner. At one time she even raised mink.

She had a passion for gardening and raised enough vegetables and fruit from the orchard to feed her children and all of the neighbors. She was fond of reading health literature, and was a wonderful poetess. Most of all she loved her family.

Velma is survived by children, Jerry (Jewel) Anderson of Arkansas; Ramona Zmerzlikar of Helper; Hal (Velora) Anderson of Price; Marlene (Richard) Peterson of New Mexico; Sandra (Bill) Nichols of Carbonville; 22 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren, and 32 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Hazel McMullin of Cleveland. Preceded in death by husband, Neldon; son, Harry Anderson; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; parents; three sisters; and four brothers.

Services will be Wednesday, March 8, 11 a.m., in the Carbonville LDS Chapel, 1985 W. 4000 North, Spring Glen. Friends are invited to call Tuesday evening at the Fausett Mortuary in Price from 7 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the chapel. Interment, Castle Dale city cemetery.

George Baker

ORANGEVILLE - George Floyd Baker, 59, passed away March 1, 2006 at the Castle Country Care Center in Price.

He was born June 27, 1946 in Richfield, the son of Floyd and Bess (Nielsen) Baker. He married Judi Smith Sept. 28, 1965 in Price.

A miner by trade, George was an active member of Local UMWA 1776. He served as the local union president for many years, where he loved helping coal mine employees. After receiving a medical retirement in 2002, he became active in the Chick's pool league, where he enjoyed the fellowship of his team and league mates.

George was active in the Sub-For-Santa program, where he participated through Chick's bar for six years.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hiking, hunting and arrowhead appreciation. He loved pool, Emery football, basketball and baseball. He also enjoyed pest control at the Larsen Farm. But most of all, he loved his family and the time spent with his grandchildren, as well as the family parties. He was a member of the LDS Church.

George is survived by wife, Judi of Orangeville; children, Ryan (Layna) Baker and Tiffani Baker, both of Orangeville; Matthew Baker of Salt Lake City; Kelly (Tatum of Hurricane; and grandchildren, Coleton and Sarah of Orangeville. Also survived by mother, Bess; brothers, Paul (Margaret) Baker of Salt Lake City; Jim (Michele) Baker of Price; Don Baker of Price, Robert Baker of Las Vegas, Nev.; and sister, Janene Openshaw of Farmington. Preceded in death by father, Floyd; grandparents, George and Pearl Nielsen, Lester and Maggie Baker; and nephew, David Baker.

Services were Monday, March 6, in the Orangeville 3rd LDS Ward Chapel in Castle Dale under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the Castle Country Care Center for the patience and tender care which they gave to George, and to all the family and friends who extended their love and support in his hour of need.

Marshall Biddinger

PRICE - Our gentle and gracious father has escaped this world's hardships, leaving us heartbroken but remembering the earth as he saw it, with endless desert paths to climb, rocks to turn over, tomato seedlings to mother and trout to hook.

Marshall Lloyd Biddinger, age 82, died March 1, 2006 in Price. He was born April 6, 1923 in the small Mormon settlement of Manassa, Colo., the eldest son of Marshall and Lydia Mae Lloyd Biddinger. He met his wife, Jeane, in the rush and sweep of World War II when both were students at Brigham Young University and married her June 17, 1945 in Denver, Colo. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple, where they returned later as temple workers.

But how does one condense a full life that stretched through a world war, six children and church and community good works - all fueled by a remarkable curiosity? We will remember Dad cheering at our baseball games, making eggnog breakfasts, and standing hip-deep in fishing streams. We'll remember his piles of interesting rocks, his excursions to the dump, his Zane Gray novels and his scroll-saw masterpieces.

And we remember him at each important event in our lives, proud and wise, reminding us of our foundations.

Lloyd served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, training as a pilot. He moved to Price at war's end, where he worked as an auto parts manager and volunteered as a firefighter. His heart belonged, however at the family cabin near Ferron Reservoir, where the countless hours he spent were likely among his most gratifying. That is, except for those exploring the deserts of the San Rafael.

Lloyd is survived by wife, Jeane of Price; His children remain in Utah, Richard and Nancy Biddinger of Highland, Sue Lancaster of Cleveland, Jerri and Miles Brown of Brigham City, David and Debbie Biddinger of West Valley City, Janelle and Rod Hyatt, and Bonnie and Louie Frucci, all of Eden. He leaves numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And we know he has been welcomed home by parents; brother, Russell; sister, Mary Ann; and brother-in-law, Sid Lancaster.

Funeral services were Monday, March 6, in the Price 5th Ward LDS Chapel.

Dad, we are proud to be your children, and we will miss your mild and tender spirit.

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