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Don Van Sickle

SPRINGVILLE - Our wonderful husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, Don C Van Sickle, 77, passed away unexpectedly at home, Friday, August 18, 2006. He left us a legacy of hard work, integrity, service to others, and love of family.

Don was born to Annie and Neal Van Sickle in Alamosa, Colo., on May 12, 1929. He was raised and educated in Alamosa, Colo. He married his sweetheart, Fern Crowther, on Nov. 16, 1947, in Alamosa, Colo; later, they were sealed for time and all eternity, Nov. 21, 1950, in the Mesa, Arizona, LDS Temple.

They were blessed with four children: Sharon (Monty) Foster, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Leon (Mary Lynn) Van Sickle, of Mapleton; Donna (Keith) Sorensen, of Ferron; and Brent (Kelly) Van Sickle, of Price. Don was proud of his 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

His earthly labors were in many kinds of occupational fields. He was a self-taught man. He spent more than 30 years working for the government as a machinist and industrial specialist in southern California; and then, back to Utah to work with his son in construction. In his retirement years, he enjoyed working on his boats, fishing, gardening, traveling, bird watching and was always working on many more than one project at a time. Everything he did, he did well and over the top.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many church callings. He loved the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Don will be missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Survived by his wife; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; younger brother, Harvey Van Sickle, of Mapleton; many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m., at the LDS chapel located at 1440 E. 900 South, Springville. Viewing, one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery. Condolences may be sent at

John Georgedes

PRICE- John Angelo Georgedes, age 82, passed away Aug. 19, 2006 in Price. He was born April 22, 1924 in Price the son of Angelo and Effie Domenko Georgedes.

John graduated from Carbon High in 1942, and joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II. He was a member of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, and on Dec. 28, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, he was wounded and taken prisoner. Of the 200 captured men who went to Stalag 9B with him, only three survived to be liberated on Easter of 1945.

After the war, he returned to work in his father's Price Steam Laundry, and then took over ownership of the laundry until his retirement.

His love and passion was golf.

John was a member of Carbon Lodge 16 F. & A.M., Carbon Country Club and Price Elk's Lodge 1550.

In 1998 he was diagnosed with cancer. The family would like to thank the VA Hospital in Salt Lake for their care of him, as well as Dr. Brian Tudor, Dr. Daniel Monahan, Sherry King and the ICU staff at Castleview Hospital who took care of him in his last battle. Thanks to those who visited him throughout his illness.

Survived by two daughters, Dr. Kimberly Georgedes and Stephne (Boyd) Pilling; sisters, Mary Porter, Florence Johnston and Athena Vignetto; his granddaughter, Jennifer (Wes) Brereton; and great-grandson, Dahlen Brereton. Preceded in death by parents and sister, Elaine.

Memorial service, Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Saturday one half hour prior to service. Interment, Price city cemetery.

Erma Pilling

PRICE/BIG SPRING RANCH - Erma Burton Pilling was reunited with Woodrow, her husband of 69 years, on August 18, 2006.

Born June 2, 1918 in Elkhorn, Ky, to George and Lena Burton. Married Woodrow on May 31, 1935 in Wellington.

Erma was a good wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, great-great-grandma, sister, aunt and friend. She loved her family and friends; always there to help and offer good advice.

Erma was a lady who stood by her husband's side in all their endeavors. Their home on the Big Spring Ranch was always open to family, friends and often strangers in need. There was always plenty of food and good coffee and tea or just wonderful conversation for anyone who stopped by.

Mom loved to garden. She would plant a huge garden in the spring and then bottle and/or store the bounty all summer and fall to make sure the cellar was full for the winter. No one excelled at baking bread and rolls like she did. Her famous Pilling cinnamon rolls were coveted by all family members.

She was an excellent seamstress; sewing on a 1926 model Singer treadle sewing machine. She made most of her children's clothing and often special items for her grandchildren.

Erma was an active participant in all aspects of the ranching operation, from tending the cows and irrigating the fields to helping harvest the crops. Along with Woodrow, in 1991, they were named Conservationist Ranchers of the Year.

Member of the LDS church, Grassy Trail Riding Club, TOPS, PTA, Senior Citizens, Carbon County Historical Society and was and active member of the local Democratic Party, serving as a delegate several times.

Survived by sons, Kent and Carol Pilling, Big Spring Ranch and Huntington; Bill and Anna May Pilling, Carbonville; daughters, Jeanne and Jim Marrs, Price; Suzan and Skip Critchlow, Wellington; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, and nephews, friends and especially her friend Elsie Parker of East Carbon City. Predeceased by parents, husband Woodrow, son Jack Clinton; grandsons Kent Louis Pilling and Jon Christian Marrs; granddaughter Connie Critchlow; great grandson Andy Cunningham; brothers Roy Burton, Burgin Burton, George Burton and Teddy Wilson.

Services will be on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1 p.m., at the LDS stake center, 935 E. Main, Wellington. The family will be at the stake center one hour prior to service for visitation.

The family suggests that donations may be made to the Price City Library in memory of Erma B. Pilling.

Byron Speirs

PRICE - Byron Paul "Carlson" Speirs, age 50, passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, 2006.

He was born June 11, 1956 to William Alan Speirs and Leah Fern Simpson in Salt Lake City. Byron's loving parents, Paul and Nolene Carlson in Price raised him. He married Jeany Copfer who lovingly cared for him during his illness.

Byron graduated from Carbon High in 1974 followed by two years of service in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany.

He was a valued employee of Price City for 28 years as a Construction Manager IV and he loved operating the backhoe.

Survived by devoted wife, Jeany; daughter, Andee Speirs; stepchildren, Dawn Basso, Esqui (Gina) Torres, Thomas Cody Torres, and Misty; step-grandchildren, Sammy and Shawnee Olsen, Jasmine Jo Torres; siblings, Pauline (Bill) Crump, Salt Lake City; Glenda (Gene) Ciarus, Moab; Jerry (Patty) Carlson, Price; Julie (Mike) Kennedy, Carbondale, Colo. Preceded in death by father, Paul Carlson.

Funeral service was Monday, Aug. 21 at Mitchell Funeral Home. Miliary honors, Cliffview cemetery.

Rose Richards

HELPER - Our loving wife, mother and grandmother, Rose Caroline Bertoglio Richards, age 87, passed away Aug. 21, 2006 in Price.

She was born Nov. 13, 1918 in Castle Gate to Domonic and Caroline Tarochione Bertoglio. Married Thomas Reid Richards on Nov. 30, 1940 in Helper.

Rose was a wonderful wife and mom, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was known for her beautiful roses in her front yard and for being a great cook.

She will be dearly missed by her family and many longtime friends.

Survived by husband, Thomas Richards, Helper; son Thomas Reid Richards Jr., Price; daughter, Barbara (Sam) Barnum, Spring Glen; son, Bob Richards, Helper; five grandchildren, Ken Pilling, Laura Blackburn, Thomas Richards, Carolyn Ray, Sundin Richards; and 13 wonderful greatgrandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, infant daughter, Peggy Jean; and four brothers and two sisters.

Graveside service, Thursday, Aug. 24, 11:00 a.m., Mountain View cemetery. Family will be at Mitchell Funeral Home Wednesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m.

Barbara Dixon

EAST CARBON - Barbara Kim Bell Dixon, age 45, passed away Aug. 15, 2006. She was born Dec. 3, 1960 in Salt Lake City to Alvin and Carol Drawn Bell. Married Cornealous John Dixon on Jan. 26, 1979 in Salt Lake City.

Barbara was a kind a loving person and friend to all. She enjoyed caring for her family and camping.

Survived by husband, Cornealous Dixon; daughter, Karolynn Dixon; sons, John Dixon and Bryann Dixon; all of East Carbon; mother, Carol Allen; brothers, Calvin Bell; Gary Bell; Fred Alien; all of Salt Lake City.

Funeral service, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Sunnyside. Family will be at the church one hour prior to service. Interment Valley View cemetery, Sunnyside, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Carbon Credit Union or Sunnyside Credit Union in Memory of Barbara Dixon.

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