Dec. 23, 1916-Dec. 7, 2005
CASTLE DALE-Ernest Ralph Jensen, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Dec. 7, 2005. He was born in Ferron on Dec. 23, 1916 to Ernest Eugene Jensen and Neva Beata Ralphs. He and his wife, Velda Mae Jones, married on Oct. 21, 1939 and were sweethearts for 66 years.
Ralph worked 34 years in the local coal mines to support his family and his love of farming and animals. Like his father, he was blessed with the gift of a deep sense of knowing the needs of animals in his care. This ability also helped him in rearing his children and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ralph, Velda, and their entire family enjoyed over 30 consecutive years of 4-day reunions in the mountains.
Ralph was a member of the Blue and Gold riding club and participated in the Cloverleaf Barrel Racing State Championship Team. He was a member of UMWA Local #6363 for 65 years.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Velda; children, Darwin and Judy Jensen, Joyce Miya, Karen Tamllos, and Stuart and Jeannie Jensen; special friends, Dale Davis and Dean Nielsen; brother Don Y.; sisters, Elaine (Jim) Jensen and Helen (Hershel) Peacock. He had 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a sister, Dora; a grandson, Drew Davis; a great-grandchild, Mary Rose Nielsen; a son-in-law, Dan Tamllos; and his especially loved horse, Star.
He was a bronc-bustin', cow-punchin' old time cowboy; a hero and friend to his children and grandchildren. His keen sense of humor, the compassion he had for people, and his undying energy will be missed.
Service were held Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Castle Dale LDS Stake Center. Friends called one hour prior to services. Interment in the Castle Dale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ralph's memory may be made to the LDS Church's Perpetual Education Fund, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84510. The family extends their sincere appreciation to Community Nursing Services and Hospice for their care and help.
HELPER- Marjorie Jane Nelson Kirkwood Petersen, age 83, passed away Dec. 8, 2005 at her home.
She was born Dec. 31, 1921 in Canon, City, Colo. to Walter W. and Grace Elrod Nelson.
As a young girl she worked on the family ranch in Canon City and later mover to Leadville where she helped with the family furniture store. After that she began working for D.& R.G.W. Railroad as a telegraph operator during World War II. She came to Utah where she worked in Sanpete County for awhile, and then transferred to Kyune where she met and married Earl Pete Kirkwood, on Oct. 2, 1945 in Elko, Nev. The family later moved to Thistle where they raised four children and in 1964 moved to Helper. Earl passed away on Aug. 27, 1972.
On Nov. 13, 1974, she married Elmer "Bud" Petersen in Elko, Nev.; he passed away April 15, 2002. Jane worked for Helper City Building Department for 26 dedicated years. She was fun loving, dedicated to her family, and thought of everyone else first never herself and her needs. She was very hard working, loved horses, animals, the outdoors and especially her rides in the mountains. Survived by her daughter, Sharon Jane (Deke) Hreinson, Helper; son, Earl (Debbie) Kirkwood, Hotchkiss, Colo.; sister, Leona Ranson, Greeley, Colo.; many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by parents, husbands, sons, Guy LeRoy and Charles Nelson Kirkwood; sister, Martha Stringer; and brother, Willis Nelson.
Funeral Service, Wed. Dec. 14, 2005 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. and Wednesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper.
Graveside services for Iris Herring Tatton, were held Dec. 12, 2005 in the Price City Cemetery, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.