Stirley Junior Pulver, age 97, returned to be with his sweetheart in his heavenly home on December 26, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born on August 12, 1925 in Salt Lake City , Utah to Stirley Frisby Pulver and Wanda Annette Beus. While honorably serving in San Diego as an aircraft mechanic in the U.S. Navy he met his future bride, Phoebe Lois Earley, at a church dance. They were married in San Diego, California on June 28, 1946 then came to Salt Lake City to live in an apartment he constructed for them in his parents basement since housing was very scarce after the war.
Stirley enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and vacationing with his family at Pine Lake, Payson Lake, the McDonald’s cabin, Yellowstone, and especially San Diego. He was very good at construction and built in the basement of their home with knotty pine as well as upstairs cupboards and enclosing the door in the living room with shelves to keep his 6 children from continually racing through that door and the one to the kitchen. One year he made a lot of rocking horses. Some he donated to Primary Children’s Hospital, some he sold to help with Christmas, and one he kept for his kids, and that one had spots. Years later he made more rocking horses for his grandkids. Then one spring morning they all gathered on his front lawn to ride them for a great picture along with their Grandma Wanda Pulver. This time all the horses had spots. He helped his kids and grandkids with Pinewood Derby cars and even made wooden Christmas reindeer. He knew how to fix everything and was a very hard worker working 3 jobs for years as his family was growing. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service where he worked for many years as a clerk and a supervisor. That’s why he looked with anticipation every day for his mail delivery. His pet peeves were waiting for a check that never appeared for 8 years and anyone who dared to call any mail “junk”. After his retirement he enjoyed working at his brother Keith’s glass company.
He was a proud Veteran and really enjoyed going on the Honor Flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D. C. He had a great pioneer heritage and was very proud of his own Grandfather Beus who came from Italy and walked across the plains at 7 years of age in bare feet with the Ellsworth Handcart Company.
In his later years he was confined to his home and lovingly cared for by some of his family. You could often hear him singing, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” He loved listening to music and the thousands of songs he had put on his computer from records while playing Solitaire. His sense of humor kept everyone entertained, and his love of ice cream was beyond compare! His favorite flavor was “cold” so every flavor to him was perfect!
Most of all he loved his family and was a great example of faith and determination. He will be greatly missed and loved by all of us until we meet again. We are happy he finally got his Christmas wish of being with his sweetheart once again. We are proud that he was able to “Graduate from this Life with Honor!”
He is preceded in death by his wife Phoebe Lois Pulver, his parents Stirley F. and Wanda Pulver, sister Nadine Teerlink and brother-in-law Wilford Teerlink, and grandson Chad Eaton.
He is survived by his six children, Sue (Rick) Hall, Peggy (Mike) Eaton, John, Linda (Jack) Oldroyd, Phil (Jill), Bruce (Darlene), along with 21 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.
We would like to thank the team at Canyon Home Care & Hospice for their months of tender and loving care and concern for our Dad.
A viewing will be held Friday, January 6 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Memorial Estates, 5850 South 900 East, Murray, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 7 at 11 a.m. with a viewing prior from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Estates.
Interment to follow the services at the Murray City Cemetery.
For those unable to attend the service in person, the previously held funeral services may be watched by viewing his obituary on Memorial Utah.com website.Service Information
Viewing January 6, 2023 at 6-8 PM
Memorial Murray Mortuary
Viewing January 7, 2023 at 9:30-10:30 AM
Memorial Murray Mortuary
January 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM