Neil Hunter Barrus

Neil Hunter Barrus, 88, passed away on August 17, 2015, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s. Neil was born July 13, 1927, in Groveland, Idaho to Ruel Melvin Barrus and Zina Emeline Hale. He served a year in the US Navy at the end of WWII, then completed a 2 1/2 year mission to Samoa for the LDS Church. Following his mission Neil married Betty May Denney in the Idaho Falls LDS temple. Neil and Betty were well known for their phone calls serenading family and friends with “happy birthday” accompanied by Neil on his ukulele. Neil also played the saxophone and sang in the ward choir for many years. After his mission Neil graduated with his degree in Civil Engineering and began a 32-year career with the Idaho Department of Transportation. In 1962 the family moved to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho where they enjoyed all the outdoor pursuits of Northern Idaho including water skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, firewood cutting, and huckleberry gathering. He smoked “blue back” (kokanee) salmon caught from Coeur d’ Alene lake and made his famous sour-dough huckleberry pancakes. Neil was active in the LDS church throughout his life, serving in the Stake Presidency, and twice as Bishop. After he retired from the State of Idaho in 1986 he and Betty served a mission to Samoa where they became each other’s “soa” (companion). They also served in the genealogy library in SLC, Utah. They served a second mission to Denver, CO. before moving to Nampa, Idaho where Neil pursued his love of woodworking, crafting numerous furnishings for their home. Neil and Betty served a third mission to Nauvoo, IL. and were temple workers for many years. They loved traveling and shared many memorable adventures together. They have spent the last 3 years living with their daughter Brenda Petersen in Grantsville. Neil was the youngest of nine children. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty (Denney) Barrus, a brother, Ruel Barrus, daughters; Pam (Rolf) Bitsch, Brenda (David) Petersen, and Shauna (Mark) Comstock, and sons; Ron (Tanis) Barrus and Denney (Allison) Barrus, 19 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren. Dad entertained many with his songs, games, puzzles, rope tricks and “hooey sticks”. His great love, kindness, wisdom, wit, and humor touched many lives. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 21, at 11:00 at the Grantsville 9th Ward Chapel, 415 W. Apple St, with a viewing an hour and a half prior. Interment at the Grantsville cemetery. Services by Didericksen Memorial (435) 277-0500.
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Carol Weyland

Carol Janice Weyland, 78, of Erda, passed away on Aug. 13, 2015, due to complications of pneumonia. She was surrounded by loved ones when she passed who will miss her personality and talents. "Christmas Carol" was born on Dec. 9, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Arlington and Ruth Johnson. She married Dellis A. Weyland on Dec. 2, 1961, and started her new life in Erda. She was the first of three children in her family. She had many interests in life including the love of photography, travel and music. She learned the talent of music at a young age and played both piano and marimba for the enjoyment of others.  She is survived by three children, Michelle Louise Rowe (Jack). Jeannette Renee Knudsen (Wayne) and Renaud Albert Weyland and two grandchilden. She was preceded in death by Dellis and son, Cary Dellis Weyland. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21, 2015 at Tooele City Cemetery.
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Grant Ask Gundersen

Grant Ask Gundersen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, returned home on August 12, 2015. Often his posterity heard him sing; “Have faith, hope, and charity. That’s the way to live successfully.” His 96 years of life certainly reflected those words. Grant was born April 4, 1919 to Orson Wilford Gundersen and Ingeborg Johansen Terjesen in Idaho Falls, ID. He was proud of his Norweigan heritage. Grant grew up in the hard years of the depression. He had five brothers and three sisters and remembered lean years of a lot of hard work and not much money. From these experiences, he was especially aware of the “least of these.” He was generous with his time and his resources, often giving money to those who he felt were struggling. He and his brothers worked hard plastering but they also knew how to have fun. Four of the boys organized a quartet (Grant sang baritone) and they traveled around singing for various events. Grant loved to sing throughout his life. Grant and his brothers loved acrobatics and athletics. The Gundersen brothers’ basketball team won the stake church tournament most years.  He married his sweetheart, Marjorie Mae Calvert, on June 18, 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple. The first years of their marriage were spent moving from place to place as Grant enlisted in the Air Corps while World War II was raging. He served his country for four years. In his later years, he enjoyed studying the constitution and liked to talk about American ideals and government.  For 15 years, Grant worked as a building contractor with his brother in Holladay, Utah. He built the houses where he and Marjie raised their three sons and five daughters, of whom he was very proud.  Grant strived to follow the admonition of Jesus Christ to love the Lord with all your heart, might, mind, and strength and to love his neighbor. He was devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, loved to study the gospel, and served in the bishopric twice, stake high council, and as a temple worker in the Jordan River Temple for eighteen years.  Grant loved his family. He taught his children how to work hard and the importance of getting along with each other. He loved to hear his daughters sing and would often join in. His family will remember his strong will, honesty, and his love of fun activities and contests. He and Marjie were great supporters of athletic events of their children and grandchildren. Grandchildren will fondly remember “Grandpa Day” activities. As age made it harder for his athletic body to do what he loved, we will remember his devotion to Marjie, his patience, and his positive attitude through health trials. He never complained.  His proudest accomplishments were his eight children: Sherry (Earl) Larson, Vicky (Ernie) Matthews, Sandy (Steve) Allred, Kristy (Craig) Bleazard, Jerry (Audrey) Gundersen, Cindy (Edward) Cole, Kim (Tammy) Gundersen, and Tarvy (Priscilla) Gundersen. He has 47 grandchildren, 135 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. We are very proud to be counted among his surviving posterity and will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his brothers David and John. Grant was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marjie, daughter Sherry, his parents: Orson and Ingeborg, brothers: Orson, Thomas, and Joseph, and sisters: Edith, Dorothy, and Mary.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Grantsville Stake Center, 550 E Durfee St. Friends and family may call from 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 14 at the Grantsville Stake Center. The family will also greet friends 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the Saturday service at 12:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Grantsville City Cemetery.
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Rick Byrne

Our loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Monday August 11, 2015. He was born in Butte, Montana March 21,1950 to James Byrne and Margaret Allen. He married the love of his life Karen Marie Holten in August of 1969. Together they had three children, Tracy, Michelle and Ricky. Rick worked as a mechanic and his passion was his family, working on race cars, and being as mischievous as possible. He loved riding motorcycles, hanging with his buddies (Ed Berger Sr. and Bill Gelling Sr.) and in general enjoying life to the fullest. Rick is survived by his children Tracy Aragon, Michelle Green (Jeno Bins), and Ricky Byrne; sister Joan Lewis; and grandchildren Steven, Alexa, Dominique, Jeno, MaShalyla and Alyssa; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by the love of his life, Karen Marie, parents' James Francis Byrne and Margaret Leona Allen Byrne, Secret Byrne; and son-in law Frankie Aragon. Huge thanks to Midtown Manor for their loving all these years. Rick is going to be missed by many and loved by all. A viewing will be held at St. Marguerite Catholic Church in Tooele, Utah (15 South 7th street) on Friday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. a Mass will follow at 11:00 am, followed by intermittent services at the Tooele City cemetery. A luncheon will follow at St. Marguerite Catholic Church. Services entrusted with Didericksen Memorial, 435-277-0050.
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