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Kenneth Fernelius Stuart

September 5, 1926 - October 19, 2014

Kenneth Fernelius Stuart passed away early October 19th. He was born September 5, 1926 to Claude Elliot and Ellen Fredricka Fernelius in Uintah, Utah. He was a lifetime of Uintah. He married Marion Wolthuis on May 22, 1952 in the Logan LDS Temple. They are the parents of five sons; Ron (Chris), Greg (Shirley), Jeff (Kathy), Brent (Abby), and Rich (Andrea), grandparents of 20 and great grandparents of 22.

Ken was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as an Aaronic Priesthood quorum advisor, Scoutmaster, Sunday school teacher, home teacher, high priest group leader, stake and regional athletic director and temple worker.

He graduated from Weber High School. He served in the US Army and spent time in Europe during World War II. He was a member of the US Army Reserve for 37 years, and mentored many during that period. His primary career was with the US Postal Service and retired as the Postmaster in Layton, UT. He loved working for the Post Office and took pride in his work.

Ken was an excellent athlete and excelled at all sports especially baseball and softball. He loved golf and the opportunity it provided for him to spend time with his sons and friends. He spent countless hours coaching and teaching his sons and other young men in baseball, basketball, football, and volleyball. He was well known as a referee and umpire and called thousands of baseball, softball, basketball, football and volleyball games ranging from youth leagues, church, recreation, junior high, high school and even college. Almost everyone who ever played one of these sports in the Ogden area had one of their games officiated by Ken. He made many friends because of his sports affiliations.

Ken also loved gardening. He took great pride in his garden and orchard and shared his abundance of produce with neighbors and friends. Most importantly, his garden was a place to teach his sons and grandchildren the value of work and he spent many hours working side by side with them.

His greatest joy was his family. He had great love for his wife and appreciation of her talents. He loved time with his sons and their families and supported them at important events throughout their lives.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, his sons and their wives, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and two sisters, Ila Jean Carter and JoAnnn Robinson, and one brother, Dick Brown. He is preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Elinor Gardner, Verda Gardner, Lillian Knudsen, Marjorie Hatch, Doris McKwen, and three brothers, Elliott, Darrell and David.

Ken’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Monica Swander for her tender care of Ken over the past year as his health declined.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the LDS Chapel in Uintah (6650 South 1775 East). A viewing will be held at the Uintah Chapel Sunday, October 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm and Monday from 9:45-10:45 am.

Interment will be at the Uintah Cemetery

Arrangements made under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary


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Date: Monday, October 27, 2014

Time: 11:00 am -

LDS Unintah Ward


6650 South 1775 East , , Unintah, UT, 84405

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6550 South 1775 East

Uintah, UT 84405

A viewing will be held at the Uintah Chapel on Sunday, October 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm and Monday from 9:45-10:45 am.


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Born: September 5, 1926
Died: October 19, 2014

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Rod Belnap posted on 11/7/14

I wanted to express my condolences at the passing of Ken. I have made a life where sports has been a very big part and I know that it takes special people to organize, coach, and officiate these games to be able to build and make memories for others. There is little financial compensation for this dedication but the difference you make in the lives of others is noted. I benefitted from Ken's selfless dedication to young people. He was a fun-loving, caring person who did it all for the right reasons. I lament the passing of people like Ken because they are harder to find today ... people who loved kids and wanted to help them. I was blessed to know Ken and benefit from his goodness and I wish all of you the best in the days, months, and years to come. May the Lord bless you all. Rod Belnap


Chad E Jones posted on 10/28/14

I was one of the many young men that Ken coached in baseball, basketball, and volleyball. He always expected our best performance with out excuses and he always tried to make every person feel like they were an important part of the team no matter what their ability level was. I always appreciated that because I was one of the boys with whose skill was lacking compared to others on the team. Thanks for the influence you had on my life.


Russell Jones posted on 10/27/14

How fitting it was in the fall I wonder if he will argue strike or ball as he is waiting roll call perfect foursome with god the God the Father Son Holy Ghost how many holes in one do they boast He was received no postage due KEN You saw it thru assingment now biggest mail room yet all priority its a safe bet On the Diamond Mail route or Germany THANKS for your service to god and country in the Orchards pulling weeds or picking well before ten life lessons taught of to the Diamond balls caught wisdom saught all players and coaches learned alot a sports fan thru and thru from Church to WSU attending games often on or off the concourse theyll be a void 6650 now that ken and brother are gone for those sweet nifty apples a staple so long Russell Jones OCT2014


Kathy Mason posted on 10/27/14

Marion, It's been a long time since we worked together at MarLon Hills, but I remember those days fondly. My sincere condolences at the death of your dear husband. This is a very difficult time, but you know that our loving Savior made it possible for you to be together again. My prayers are with you. Kathy Mason


Russell Jones posted on 10/27/14

sorry for your loss I remember playing in games that Ken officiated and I dont think He missed any of Richards games especially if he was pitching that day i I also know how proud he was of Greg Jeff and Brent and their service to their country and how much he loved WSU you would always see him at thier games My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time


kim stevens posted on 10/25/14

Sorry to here this -- He was a great person coach and friend to me . can't tell you how much time he Ron and Greg and I spent on a Baseball field what a time I had with them. The life lessons from him made my life better by a lot (try to be there Mon. morning)


Nolan Karras posted on 10/24/14

I was one of those privileged to be "mentored" by Sargent Stuart in the US Army 751st Postal Unit. He was not only our leader but our friend and we enjoyed an special relationship with this fine man. Trips to Fort Lewis Washington where we would load up in the back of his pickup and head to the golf course; Camp Irwin where it was deathly hot and yet he found a way for us to be at the Camp pool by mid afternoon and the monthly drills where we learned from this great man to be soldiers. I suspect he has found a way to be at the Fort Lewis golf course already and will enjoy many many rounds of golf in a healthy renewed body while he waits for us to join him. My deepest sympathies and congratulations being part of this great man's life. Nolan Karras