Joe Ray Zehrung
May 7th 1941~ December 31, 2016
Viewing: Friday, Jan. 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and at the Perry 7th LDS Ward Chapel, 785 West 2250 South, Perry on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Funeral services: Saturday, January 7, 2016 at 12 Noon at Perry 7th LDS Ward Chapel, 785 West 2250 South, Perry
Interment: Evanston City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.
PERRY - Joe Ray Zehrung was born in Campo, CO to Newton Fay Zehrung and Dottie Gertrude Harper. He was the 5th of 7 children. He attended school in Colorado and moved to California with his family when he was a sophomore in high school. He graduated from Alhambra High School in 1959. He was involved in the school band playing the bass drum. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the age of 16 and was an active member throughout his life. Through the church he became a dance director for the youth and met Bonnie Jo Bertagnolli. They became dance partners and enjoyed dancing most of their lives. They were members of Clutch Busters square dancing club for over 20 years. Joe also served in the Oakland Temple with Bonnie for over 6 years and enjoyed the service they did there. Joe was an avid indexer and genealogist enthusiast. He has entered and reviewed thousands of names. Joe enjoyed leather work from a young age and sold his purses and belts in stores as a young boy. Many of his family members have benefited from his talents. He also enjoyed lapidary, traveling, gardening, rock hounding, woodworking and taking vacations with his family. Joe was married to Bonnie Jo Bertagnolli on January 8, 1963 in the Logan LDS Temple, they have been married for almost 54 years. He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Tena (Brian) Hale, Sonja (Ted) Hughes, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, one brother and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and 1 brother. He was a great son, brother, husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, nephew and friend. His employment involved computers in one form or another most of his life. He delivered newspapers as a boy, did upholstery and then got an apprenticeship at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a machinist and moved up to Computer Programming. He had top secret clearances and was trusted to do many things because of his skills and knowledge. He worked with nuclear submarines and other classified projects. On the side he worked for H & R Block for many years helping people with their taxes. He enjoyed his work but he enjoyed spending time with his family more. He gave up one of his first jobs as a young father because he traveled more than he felt was good for his family. He retired in 2006 and moved to Utah where he lived the rest of his days. Another love of his life was his corvette. Joe enjoyed being in a Corvette club in California and going at Christmas time to give foster kids rides in their cars. Joe enjoyed the holidays and time with his family. His favorite holiday was Easter when he would get dozens and dozens of eggs for the kids to color. Joe suffered from many health issues in his later years. He had diabetes, a leg amputation, CHF, a heart attack, and 2 forms of cancer. He was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma in July, 2013 as they prepared for a cross country trip. He took them in stride and never complained. He was treated at Huntsman Cancer Institute and received excellent care from everyone he encountered. Joe enjoyed the last few days of his life surrounded by his family. His last wish was to see all of his grandchildren one last time and that was fulfilled. His final council to his family was to stay close together – family is the most important thing. He passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 peacefully. Joe requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Huntsman Cancer Institute so that others may receive the type of care he did. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2016 at 12 Noon at Perry 7th LDS Ward Chapel, 785 West 2250 South, Perry. A viewing will be held on Friday, Jan. 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, and at the church on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Evanston City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.
Bonnie, I pray that you will have peace and comfort come to you at this time. Your friends and family will be there for support and you will know that you are loved very much. May the Lord bless you at this time that you will cherish your special moments you have had and that you will know that Joe is in a place where he is free from all of his pain and suffering. I love you.
I am so glad you let me know of Joe's passing. Even though our friendship goes back MANY years, age, health issues and distances have made it necessary that our "visit" be by mail. My deep feelings of love to you and your family.