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Obituary: Owen L. Jeffs

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BICKNELL, Utah - <! > Owen Leo Jeffs, age 77, of Bicknell, known by his family as Leo and by his friends as Jeff, chose to enter eternity on September 6, 2001 at his home in Bicknell.

He was born March 27, 1924 in Payson, Utah, a son of Jessie Leo and Selma Jensen Tanner Jeffs. He was raised by his grandmother, Christina Jensen Butterfield, in Payson. He attended schools in Payson and at the age of 16, by snitching on his age, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served for 12 years, during World War II in Africa and Italy and also in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He received one Purple Heart for being wounded in Italy during World War II and he was also wounded in Korea, which ended his career in the army. Owen received two Bronze Stars and one Silver Star for acts of bravery shown during battle in the wars. He was a highly decorated veteran, but didn't talk much about his time spent in the service.

He married Rollene "Bill" Holman and they were later divorced. After he was released from the army, he moved to Wayne County in 1952 and lived. There he met Elizabeth "Liz" Catherine Fox. They were married May 5, 1959 in Las Vegas, Nevada. About this time in his life, he traveled to Richfield and attended the Sevier Valley Technical School and received his electrician certificate. He worked as a self-employed electrician in Wayne County.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff spent time in the mountains and he loved the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening and a good visit with his friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his wife of Bicknell; sisters: Faye Gardner of Culver City, California; Christine Toers of Salt Lake City; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Donna Jean Crandle, Ada Burraston; and a brother: Glade Butterfield.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 11 a.m. in the Bicknell Cemetery in Bicknell, Utah, with military honors accorded by the Harold Brown American Legion Post #92. Services under the care and direction of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.