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The Herald Journal, 07/14/04
Surrounded by his family and friends, the patriarch of our family, Leland Poppleton
Gunnell, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Mt. Sterling on Sunday, July 11, 2004.
He was born in Wellsville on Aug. 5, 1919, to William Jeffs and Annie Poppleton Gunnell,
the seventh of nine children.
He attended schools in Wellsville and Hyrum. He married his high school sweetheart, Edith
Parker, on Nov. 21, 1939, in the Logan LDS Temple. They are the parents of six sons and
one daughter: Vernen (Kathleen) Gunnell of Hyrum, Judy Lynne (Kent) Jenson of Mt.
Sterling, L. Paul (Merlynn) Gunnell of Woodruff, Idaho, Wayne Gunnell (deceased), Lyle
(Julie) Gunnell of Hartland, Wis., Gaylen Gunnell of Wellsville, Nolan (Pam) Gunnell of
Mt. Sterling and a foster son, Joe Chiquito.
Leland and Edith lived and worked in various places in Southern California where he became
a skilled welder. After the outbreak of World War II, Leland, his brother Francis and his
sister Emma served in the European Theatre, participating in the Battle of the Bulge. His
younger brother, Grant, served in the Pacific Theatre. After the Armistice, Leland helped
in the repatriation of the POWs. Upon his return, he and Edith, with their young family,
lived in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and Montpelier, Idaho. In 1948, Leland and Edith purchased
the Parker family farm. Over the years, with stubborn determination and a great work
ethic, they had one of the very successful dairy operations in the south end of Cache
They later purchased the Six Mile Ranch near Malta, Idaho, where Leland had grown up as a
youth. He also worked as a welder for 20 years for LeGrand Johnson Construction Co. He was
a skilled welder, an outstanding dairyman, farmer, rancher and devoted husband and father.
He was active in the LDS Church, serving in the priesthood quorums, Old Folks Committee
and a staunch contributor to the missionary program, having supported six sons and helped
with nine grandchildren. His life was one of service to family and friends. He loved
He is survived by six children; 28 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two
brothers-in-law, Rex Zobell and Lyman Parker; and one sister-in-law, Erma (Perl) Parker.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; his siblings, William Gunnell, Emma
(Gunny) Gunnell, Ann (Marvin) Jacobsen, Stennett Gunnell, Laura (Vance) Smith, Francis and
Ona Gunnell, Grant Gunnell and Bernice (Rex) Zobell; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday, July 16, 2004, at the Wellsville 5th
Ward Chapel, 660 S. 100 West, Wellsville. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St., Logan, and from 9:30 to
10:30 a.m. at the church, prior to the services.
The family expresses their gratitude and appreciation for the special care given to our
dad by dedicated care givers, Ryan and KaDawn Webb, James and Janice Anderson, Josh and
Anna Jones, the CNAs and the Hospice staff. Their gentle, professional and loving care
will always be remembered. The family is also appreciative of wonderful neighbors and
friends in the Malta and Bridge, Idaho, and Wellsville and Mt. Sterling areas.
Burial will be in the Wellsville cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, please
contribute to the LDS Missionary Fund or the Perpetual Education Fund. Condolences at