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Jerry Guffey was born in Salt Lake City on Aug. 12, 1933, to Josei and William Guffey. He was raised on a 385 acre farm in Woods Cross where he learned to cowboy and farm. They ran 75-100 head of cattle and he attended grade school in Bountiful.

In 1948, after the bad storm of ‘47, his family moved to Batesville, Ark. They sold the family farm in Woods Cross to the Smith Millian Co. They loaded three railroad cars full of cows, horses, mules, hogs and farm machinery on the D&RG Railroad to be shipped to their new home in Arkansas. They got a farm with 501 acres, with 51 acres on the White River. There was no money in Arkansas and things were so tight, they decided to sell what they could and move back to Utah. In 1950, they shipped back two railroad cars with everything they couldn’t sell on the Union Pacific Railroad. When the containers arrived in Utah, Perry Burnham, Dale Winegar and Charlie Kingston had to sign with Mr. Slewter at the bank to get them released.

With everything in order, he and his brother, Roy, drove the livestock down 500 South, west to their new home on the old Dale Winegar place in Woods Cross.

Back in Woods Cross he attended Davis High School and worked for Ike Ferguson for a few months. He then had to quit school and got a job at Hill AFB working on B-17 and B-29 air crafts as a mechanic’s helper.

He was on the draft list for the Army, so on March 2, 1952, he went and enlisted in the Navy. After boot camp, he went to Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Fletcher DDD 445. While he was stationed in Pearl Harbor, he was made a machinist mate, made two trips to Korea and was involved in the Ivy H Bomb test in the Marshall Islands. In 1955, he put in for transfer to San Diego, Cali. and was stationed there for the last 12 months of his enlistment. While there, he was made 3rd Class Petty officer and ran the forward engine room on the USS Rowand DD782. He went back to Korea and joined up with task force 77, where he went on a goodwill tour to Jakarta Java, Indonesia. When he returned to San Diego, he received an honorable discharge and returned home to Utah.

He married Norma Jean Hargis May 25, 1956 in the Granite Ward. They raised three boys and one daughter while living in Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. He was a member of Teamster Unions 222 and 961 locals for 29 years and had many different employers. In 1973, he went into business for himself when he started G&R Winch Service. He worked in scrap metal, livestock and general freight trucking and working the auctions. The Guffey Family built an empire and want to thank all their friends and customers.

In 1995, he finally semi-retired and in 2001 he and Norma moved to Syracuse. It has been a sad, sorry place for him to live. After 53 years of marriage he lost his beloved Norma. She was his everything, and since her passing his style of life has changed and it has been hard for him.

Now, in celebration of his 80th birthday, we celebrate the life he’s lived and look forward to more years to come. His family would like to thank all of those who have helped him along the way and say Happy Birthday to a truly remarkable man.

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