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Deseret Cemetery
Friday February 28th, 2020
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Interment following funeral service

Kanosh Ward Chapel
Saturday February 29th, 2020

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Kanosh Ward Chapel
Saturday February 29th, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am

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Funeral Service

Kanosh Ward Chapel
Saturday February 29th, 2020
11:00am

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Robert "Bob" Kelly Nafus

Our precious Bob went home to God and family on February 19, 2020 after a life long struggle with many physical ailments.  The last year of his life was the most difficult. Bob Nafus was born on Nov 24 1950 in Salt Lake City Utah.  He was raised by his grandmother Ora Paxton Higgins Anderson, and aunts and uncles.

Bob was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He always said Kanosh was God's country. He married Valyrie Jean Stenovich on April 23,1973. We were together for 47 years. He worked at  the Chevron Station, for his Aunt Ethel and Uncle Grant Brunson, through high school until 1986 when we bought the business and began running the station as Bob Nafus service, AAA wrecker service, and small equipment rental. In later years we purchased the Kanosh Motel.  Bob  liked to think of Kanosh as a destination.  He loved Kanosh and was always ready to help his community, neighbors, friends, family, and others in need. He  loved hunting,camping and fishing when he could tear himself away from his work. Bob had a wry sense of humor and a way of making people feel welcome be it at work or at home.  He was the most trustworthy person I know.  He spent much of his youth helping his Grandma and Uncles with the dairy, herding cattle, and farming. He could repair almost anything. He knew our mountains and desert well.  He was involved in high school sports.  He and two other friends still hold a record in track for a relay race. He was a town council member for 24 years.  He also served as Kanosh Fire Chief for several years.

Bob and Valyrie have 4 children between them. Jodi (Derek) Eastridge, Jason(Shawna) Nafus, both preceded him in death, Kelly Nafus, and Alexi (Greg) Hadean. There are 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He will be missed and always loved.  Our little town of kanosh won't be the same without you. We say goodnight but never goodbye.  We will meet on the other side.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Kanosh Ward Chapel.  A viewing will be held Friday, February 28, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM both at the Kanosh Ward Chapel.  Interment will be at the Kanosh Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home.


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So sad to hear that you passed, Bob. You were a godsend for me and my sister during that blizzard a few years back. You stood out on the sidewalk and flagged us down so we wouldn't miss the turn to your motel with the low visibility. The world was so much better for having you in it. Rest in peace, friend.

Isadore Jun 14 2021 12:00 AM

My brother and I were stuck in a blizzard a few years ago on the way to visit our sister in Utah. By some luck, we found our way to the Kenosh Motel. Bob was one of the kindest souls we met, and I think of him often. I just Googled him out of curiosity and am sad to see he has passed. Thanks for everything, Bob. My little brother and I remember you fondly.

Angela Baldez Jun 14 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences. He was a true through and through. I was at the station one day and his arthritis was bad that day and could not get this headlight back in a ford car one you can't touch the bulb inserted into the back of the lamp and twist it in. Said he had been trying for three hours it took me awhile but I got it in place for him. Him my father are having a beer together that i'm sure

Jeremy Labrum Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM

I recall being a young boy and looking up to Cousin Bob just like an older brother. I always looked forward to times when our family who lived in Salt Lake would make one of our frequent visits to Kanosh or when Bob would come to visit the Higgins family. I will always remember his kind and friendly ways.

Pete Higgins Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

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