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Skip Houskeeper

PRICE- Skip Houskeeper, age 63, passed away June 5, 2006 at his home in Price.

He was born Feb. 25, 1943 in Price to Ted and Kay Christensen Houskeeper.

Skip was a lifelong resident of Carbon County, where he graduated from Carbon High School and later attended the College of Eastern Utah. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, Deer Creek Local #1769.

Skip had a great love for music and as an accomplished musician he entertained locally for years with his band, "Nightrain." He loved to draw and his artwork was used by many businesses in the area and his illustrations were also published in a children's book.

Survived by his loving wife, Lucille Westbrook Houskeeper, Price; two sons and two daughters, Mont Houskeeper, Bobbie (Jessie) Smith, Shane Houskeeper, all of Salt Lake City; DeAnn (Lex) Moosman, Price; six grandchildren, Kenneth, JayDee, Sharon, Dustin, Karen and Sierra; two brothers and one sister, Brent (Connie) Houskeeper, Salt Lake City; Linda (Vern) Osmond, Logan; Craig (Donna) Houskeeper, Price; brother-in-law, Richard (Ida) Westbrook, Wellington; and many other loving family members and longtime friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Funeral service, Fri., June 9, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family was at Mitchell's Friday one hour prior to services. Friends were welcomed at Mitchell's daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery.

Darlene Bell Guymon

Together Again

HUNTINGTON-An elect lady, Darlene Bell Guymon, age 78, has been reunited with her beloved husband on Sun. June 11, 2006. She suffered 12 years of illness, through which her faith never wavered.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1927 in Clearfield, to Samuel Joseph Bell and Minnie Elizabeth Woolsey. She was the fourth of 11 children, followed 10 minutes later by her twin brother Darwin. She has five brothers and five sisters. She married her sweetheart, Otto Dal Guymon on Dec. 31, 1945, later solemnized in the Idaho Falls temple.

Some of her favorite things were making and teaching ceramics, teddy bears, (of all colors and sizes), Wind Song perfume, and Whitman's chocolates. Darlene loves the Lord and has always tried to serve him. She has served in many callings. If you asked her most important calling she replied, "Mother!" She enjoyed temple work, her church callings and serving others.

She is survived by her children, Darwin Dal, Danna Jo (Wesley) Gray, Darlene Jean (Louis) Chase, Darce Dee (Peggy), Debra Joene (Dennis) Cox, DeMar Dale (Janice), and Darla Joy (Scott) Wilson. She has 30 grandchildren, 30 and a half great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, two grandchildren, one son-in-law, three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service will be held Wed. June 14 at 11 a.m. in the Huntington Stake Center. Viewing Tuesday evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Fausett Mortuary in Price, and one hour prior to services at the stake center.

Betty Perez

HELPER- Betty Jean Perez, age 66, passed away June 11, 2006 in Helper.

Born Feb. 29, 1940 in Stillwater, Minn. to Lewis David and Mavis Marie Breest Linder. Married Manuel Perez, later divorced.

She was a valued employee at Sudsy Duds laundry service for many years. Betty enjoyed playing Bingo at St. Anthony's church in Helper.

She was a big part of raising her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survived by five children, David (Sheila) Jackson, Clarkston, Wash.; Rose Marie Parry; Sheila (Paul) Perez; Ken Jackson, all of Helper; Vance Dhooge, Spanish Fork; three sisters, Molly Bevans; Marguerite (Bob) Kohl; Geraldine Roettger, all of Stillwater, Minn.; special friend, Manuel Perez; and 12 grandchildren.

Private family services were held under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Georgia Jensen

FERRON-Georgia (Crawford) Jensen, born Sept. 24, 1913, returned to her loving family on June 10, 2006. Married Owen Jensen in the Manti Temple. She lived her life with grace and dignity.

She taught school for 45 years and loved her journey. She is our hero!

She is survived by three children, Owen (Ranae) Jensen of Seattle, Wash., Diane (Ron) Barney of Ferron, and Al Lamar (Gale) Jensen of Hayden Lake, Idaho; 11 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband and two grandchildren.

Her life will be celebrated at the Ferron Stake Center on Tues. June 13 at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. The family would like to thank Community Nursing Services and Hospice, and also their many friends.

Gary Kuhns

EAST CARBON-Gary Alan Kuhns, age 59, passed away May 22, 2006 at Castleview Hospital in Price. He was born Dec. 2, 1946 in Dragerton, Utah to Richard Charles Kuhns Sr. and Lucille Anderson. He married Darlene Collins in 1963, they later divorced. Married Shirley A. Donohoo Sept. 5, 1996.

Gary worked for US Steel and later moved to Mesquite and Wendover, Nev. where he worked as a poker dealer. He enjoyed playing poker and golfing. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Survived by his wife, Shirley Kuhns, East Carbon; sons, Gary (Lorna) Kuhns, Jacksonville, Fla.; Jeff Kuhns, Rock Springs, Wyo.; brothers, Dan Kuhns, California; Mike Kuhns, Mesa, Ariz.; Steve Kuhns, Colorado; sister-in-law, Becky Kuhns, Missouri; step-children, Michelle Keith, Devin Keith, both of Salt Lake City; grandchildren, Matthew and Rachel Kuhns, Meisha and Taylor Keith. Preceded in death by parents, brothers Richard Kuhns and David Kuhns.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sat. June 18, 2006 at noon at Joe's Valley Boat ramp.

Rae O'Brien

KENILWORTH- Ila "Rae" Leavitt O'Brien, age 79, passed away June 10, 2006 at Castle County Care Center in Price.

She was born April 30, 1927 in Kenilworth to Cliff and Ida Winters Leavitt.

Married Nick Flemetakis, he later died. Married Bill O'Brien, he later died.

Longtime resident of Kenilworth where she attended schools in Carbon County. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Survived by her sons, Bill (Gloria) Flemetakis, Kenilworth; Stephen Jay (Sandy) Flemetakis, Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Ned (Gerri) Leavitt, Orangeville; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son, Dave Flemetakis; daughter, Nikki Rae Flemetakis; and sister, Colleen Butler.

Memorial graveside service, Sat. June 17, 11 a.m., Price City Cemetery. Under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Clay R. Gasser (Gozzo)

CLAWSON- Clay R. Gasser, age 50, passed away peacefully June 13, 2006, while surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer.

He was born June 13, 1955 in American Fork to Ralph and Virginia Lundel Gasser.

Married the love of his life Christy Jean Riley, June 30, 1979 in Ferron.

Active member of the LDS Church. He was a longtime employee of Consol Emery Mine Local # 1261. Gozzo loved spending time with his family whether it was camping, fishing, hunting, tying flies, planting his garden, or just being together.

Survived by his beautiful wife, Christy Jean Gasser; four wonderful children, Zebadiah T. Gasser, Sarah (Michael K.) Allred, Christia V. Gasser, Zacariah C. Gasser; and his beautiful granddaughter, Brylei Jean Allred.

The love for his family will never be forgotten. He will be deeply missed and always remembered by his family and friends. We will love you forever Gozzo.

Preceded in death by his father, Ralph Gasser; and father-in-law, Lloyd George Riley.

Funeral service, Fri., June 9, 1 p.m., at the Blue Hills LDS Ward in Ferron. Family was at the church Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service.

Interment, Ferron City Cemetery. Under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.

Jackie Vetere

GREEN RIVER-Jacqueline (Jackie) Irene Vetere, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away in her home on June 9, 2006. She was born on June 10, 1938 in Torrington, Wyo.

Jackie spent her early years in La Jara Colo. She moved to Green River in 1952 where she attended and graduated from Green River High School. While in Green River, she met and married her husband of 50 years, Jay Vetere, in Sedonia, Ariz. on Nov. 12, 1955.

Jackie stayed in Green River for a short time with her mother (Ester Tilden) after her husband was drafted. She later joined Jay in Washington and Alaska while he was serving in the Army. The made Green River their home in the fall of 1957 and raised their sons on the family farm, where they instilled good family values and a good work ethic.

Jackie never met a person she didn't like, and she was loved by all who came in contact with her. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. They were her life, and she never missed an opportunity to cheer them on and encourage them in everything they did.

Jackie was an active member of the American Legion for 46 years. She was a life long member of the Green River Bible Church.

Survived by her husband, Jay; three sons, Tim (LuRey), Mitch (Sheri), Greg (Rita), all of Green River, Utah; nine beloved grandchildren, Taffee, Jace, Weston, Brittney, Ciji, Blair, Heidi, Jill and Caitlyn, all of Green River; her brother, Richard (Bonneta) Delong, Salt Lake City; step-brother, Gary (Linda) Fluckey, Green River; and many extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ester Tilden Fluckey; step-father, Roger Fluckey; and step-brother Dennis Martyn.

Jackie was the essence of kindness and love and she had a complete affection for her family, especially the grandkids. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral service will be held Wed. June 14, 2006 at 11 a.m. at the Green River Bible Church. Family will be at the church Wednesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Elgin Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Green River Bible Church, Green River, Utah 84525.

Jerry Stofko "Ray"

CASTLE DALE-Jerry Allen Stofko, age 52, passed away peacefully June 7, 2006 at his home in Castle Dale, after a long battle with cancer.

Born March 20, 1954 the fourth of four children in Alton, Ill. to Andrew and Jeanean Sellier Stofko.

Married Lois Scott on April 23, 1976 in Alton, IL.

Jerry was a member of the Mission San Rafael Catholic Church. He worked for Energy West for 17 years. Jerry was a hard worker, good husband, and a great dad. He loved anything to do with the outdoors, if it was just washing his trucks, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, or just hanging outside with his family.

He is survived by his parents, Andrew (Jeanean) Stofko; wife, Lois; two daughters Jeanie (Ian) Denison; Jamie (Dallas) Magnuson; two brothers, Dale and Steven Stofko, all of Castle Dale; sister, Jody (Jim) Benhart, Geneseo, Ill.; four nephews; two great nephews; three nieces; and two step-grandchildren, Kadian and Douglas Denison.

The family wishes to give great thanks to many friends, Joe (Kim) Edgehouse; Burns (Kathy) Hickman, Gary (Laura) Vipperman; Eddie (Marisa) Gill; Jeff (Tina) Ricchetti; Max (Sheri) Maxwell; Jess (Mindy) Vipperman; Bridgett (Les) Wickersham; Susan Austin; Robert (Lorrie) Denison; Rocky Mountain Hospice; Cheyenne Turner and Kay Phelps.

Memorial mass, Tues. June 13, 2006 at 11 a.m. Mission San Rafael Catholic Church. Vigil service Tuesday at 10 a.m. Committal service, Castle Dale City Cemetery, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the Mission San Rafael, 1716 South Highway 10, Huntington, Utah 84528.

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