Jun 302015


Reuben LaDell Jewkes passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Flagstaff due to natural causes. Funeral services were held June 24 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Michaels. Graveside services with interment will be held at 11 o’clock this morning (June 26) at the Orangeville Cemetery in Utah.

He was born April 7, 1940, to Rheuben Samuel and Ida Theo Black Jewkes of Orangeville, Utah.

In his younger days, Reuben served an LDS mission in the North West Central States. He then served in the Army and spent time in Germany. After an honorable discharge, he married Juanita Bentley in March 1963 and they later divorced. In July 1972 he married Hilda Gething, who later died.  Reuben married Pearl Francisco in January 2008.

Reuben owned and operated Jewkes Mortuary in Springerville and Jewkes Mortuary in St. Johns for many years. In 1998 he started Silver Creek Chapel Mortuary in Taylor.  These mortuaries built the foundations for the current Burnham Mortuaries in Eagar and St. Johns, and Silver Creek Mortuary in Taylor. Many families have been served and cared for over the years by Reuben.

He had a soft place in his heart for the Native Americans, after having greatly served the Apache Tribe, he moved from Arizona to Tse Bonito, N.M., (near Window Rock,) and opened Silver Creek Mortuary there, and until his death, continued serving the entire Navajo Tribe.

Survivors include his wife, Pearl; and two sisters, Mona Lee J. Grundvig of Price, Utah, and Rayona Theo J. Powell of St. George, Utah.

Silver Creek Mortuary of Tse Bonito and Fausett Mortuary of Price were in charge of the arrangements.