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J. Fred Thunell, 79, of River Heights, passed away Saturday, October 19, 1996 surrounded by his family at the Logan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Logan, Utah.

He was born December 8, 1916 in Salt Lake City to Frederick and Margaret Letham Thunell. He graduated from East High School and attended the University of Utah. He served in the United States Air Force as a bombardier and pilot during World War II.He married Dorothy Davis June 28, 1946 in the Logan LDS Temple. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June. They have lived all of their married life in River Heights and Fred was a member of the River Heights 2nd Ward. He served in various church capacities. He was ward clerk for many years as well as teacher trainer. He was a home teacher until his health kept him at home.

Fred was a photographer for forty-five years. For many years he took all of the sports pictures for the Herald Journal newspaper. He operated a studio and camera store in the Student Center at USU. He also had a camera shop on Federal Avenue in Logan for a time.

Fred was a master at building things and fixing things. He loved to collect anything and everything. He enjoyed writing poetry and filled his calendar books with notations in rhyme.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy and two sons, Steven J. (Jami) Thunell, River Heights; Gary R. (Krista) Thunell, Hyrum; also eight grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as "Papa", Anji (Brock) Autry, Salt Lake; Jason (Stephanie) Thunell and Cameron, great-grandson, Preston, Idaho; Elder John Michael Thunell, serving a mission in Brazil; Benji, Meagan, Andy, Erin and David Thunell, all of River Heights; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Dale and a sister, Janice.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday at noon, Providence Stake Center, 800 So. 600 East, with Bishop Kent Gunnell conducting. Friends may call at the Allen-Hall Mortuary from 7-9 p.m. Monday eve. and one hour prior to services at the church. Interment: Providence Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Salisbury, the people at Total Home Health and Logan Nursing for all their kind care and concern.

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