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Charles C Hess

Charles C. Hess (76), beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed peacefully from this life on February 14, 2019. He was born to Quentin and Vonda Hess on January 18, 1943. Chuck grew up milking cows on the family dairy farm in Fielding, UT. He left home in 1963 to serve a mission in the Los Angeles California Mission. Upon returning home, he studied life sciences at Utah State earning a bachelor’s degree in zoology; he would go on to complete his master’s in history and international relations during his military service. After graduation, Chuck was drafted to serve in Vietnam. He opted to join the United States Air Force as an officer and was enlisted on February 7, 1969. Following officer training school, he met and married the love of his life, Marlean Lavon Neville, on November 8, 1969 in the Oakland California Temple for time and all eternity. Chucks military service would take them to Shreveport, Louisiana; Minot, North Dakota; Bozeman, Montana; and Burkburnett, Texas. Following retirement, they settled in Merced, California which they called home for many years. In 2012, they moved to West Point, Utah to be closer to their family.

Chucks military career was exemplary and distinguished. He spent much of his time as a navigator in the B52 bomber flying missions all over the world. He would command the ROTC group at Montana State which was recognized as the number one corps in the nation during his tenure. He retired on September 30, 1993 as Lieutenant Colonel serving as the inspector general at Sheppard AFB. His awards and commendations included the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars to name a few. He served in the Vietnam War spending over 600 days in Guam and Thailand flying 94 combat missions. He also served in support of Operation Desert Storm. Following his military service, Chuck taught college math at Merced Community College.

Chuck loved the Lord and humbly spent his life in His service. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His church callings included Bishop, Branch President for the Merced Hmong Branch, several bishoprics, high council, and many other callings. He was an avid gardener and loved his orange, cherry, and peach trees in California. He loved fishing and passed that love onto his children and grandchildren. He also had a large seashell collection of which many he found while snorkeling along the shores of Guam during his Vietnam service.

Chuck is survived by his wife Marlean, his children Jason Hess, Darren (Julie) Hess, Warren (Hillary) Hess, Brandon (Calli) Hess, Ryan Hess, Nathan (Megan) Hess, and Shelley (Alan) Johnson. Chuck and Marlean have 26 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at 11:00 AM in the West Point Chapel 4383 W 300 N, West Point, UT, 84015. A viewing will be held the evening before from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and the morning of the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

Curtis Cornwall Anderson loving husband, dad, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away surrounded by his family on February 8, 2019. Curtis was born April 18, 1943 in Tremonton Utah and is the son of Virgil L. and Virginia Cornwall Anderson.

He served an honorable mission in the Northeast British Mission from 1961 to 1963. Shortly after serving his mission he married his Sweetheart, Carol Rhodes on November 6, 1964 in the Logan LDS Temple. Together they built their life and welcomed 7 wonderful children. Nels (Mary) Anderson Holbrook ID, Lisa (Mark) Boyd Alpine UT, Cara (Dennie) Moore Thatcher UT, Crista (Shane) Francis Tremonton UT, Leslie (Ladd) Hudson Lindon UT, Nolan (Terri) Anderson Deweyville UT, and Hollie Anderson (Deceased).   

At a very early age Curtis learned to work hard and developed a love for tilling the soil. He enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, along with Sunday rides, always making sure to stop for a pop and a treat. He was an active Gospel Scholar and enjoyed a lively debate about doctrinal principles. It always did his heart good to be surrounded by his family. His grandchildren will thoroughly miss sharing a piece of pink double bubble bubble gum with their Grandpa.

He was welcomed home with open arms by his daughter Hollie, 2 grandsons, his parents, as well as other family members. He is survived by his 6 children, 19 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Monday February 11 from 6-8pm at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home (111 N. 100 E.- Tremonton). Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 12 at 12pm at the Bothwell LDS Church (10350 W. 11600 N.- Bothwell) with a viewing prior to the funeral service from 10:30-11:30am.

Interment will follow at the Bothwell Valley View Cemetery.


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Dear Friends and Classmates:

Our class website is becoming used more every day.  What a wonderful tool we have to keep in touch, congratulate, offer condolences and share.

 As we age we are losing more and more of our dear friends.  How special it is for those of us that would not otherwise know that one of our classmates has departed this life to be able to be informed and express our sympathy to friends and family.  From their comments we see that such expressions are deeply appreciated.

In the same vein, birthdays become more precious and the website affords us the chance to greet each other on those special days.

We have made good progress in getting everyone registered on the site, but we have a way to go yet.  We are sensitive to the fact that high school was a difficult time for many of us.  As a result some may be reluctant to join us.  It is our sincere wish that time has helped to heal the pain and hurt feelings that some have had to endure.  Age is nature’s way of leveling.  No longer are we good looking or ambitious.  Our possessions or lack thereof have little meaning any more.  All are basically all old, wrinkled and retired.  We sincerely reach out to each one of you to come and join us on the website.  In doing so we invite you to reach out to others and extend the hand of fellowship to your fellow classmates.

We did a little trial run for a summer picnic this year.  It was great.  We would like to do it again.  With good email addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers we can invite more of you to attend. We can get input on a good time to hold such an event this coming summer.

We plan to start posting some pictures of the good old days on the website and we invite you to share pictures that you think the rest of us will enjoy.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the ’61 Bears out there!

Best wishes

Paul Pali Reunion Chair

Porter Heusser Webmaster

Jay Peck Secretary