Norma June Olsen Shuput, 90, passed away April 8, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah, surrounded by her family. She was a devoted and caring wife, mother, aunt, daughter, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was loved by many family and dear friends - both old and new. Her incredible strength, candor, humor, and kindness will be remembered fondly.
June was born on June 11, 1932, to Adolph Ole and Lois Owen Olsen in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was the youngest of six children: Duane, Harry, DeAun, Lynn, and Nola. The family later moved to Hunter and then Murray, Utah, where they established a farm.
June liked to cut and eat fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden, often carrying a knife and salt for the purpose as she walked around the farm. The family lived there until her father’s passing in May of 1946, when June was just 13. June then attended both South and East High, graduating early from the latter in 1949.
June and her older sister Nola both loved to dance, and they especially enjoyed dancing to the big bands at Saltair. It was there, through friends, that June met Pete Shuput, who became her best friend and later her husband on October 13, 1951, in Elko, Nevada.They had three children: Melanie, Steve, and Shauna. June was a compassionate and attentive mother; she knew all her children’s friends by name, and was well-liked by them. She had a great, dry sense of humor.
June was a hard worker. She contributed to Pete’s auto sales business as a bookkeeper. After her children were in school (in the mid-1960s), June attended the University of Utah part-time, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1974. She worked for the Utah League of Cities and Towns for more than 20 years, retiring in the late 1990s. When she retired, she said they had to hire three people to replace her. She also worked as a realtor.
June and Pete enjoyed socializing with friends and taking trips with their family. They went boating, swimming, fishing, and exploring at places like Bear Lake, Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge, Yellowstone, California and Disneyland. June kept a travel log, with detailed entries about every family trip, as well as trips she and Pete took together.
June often welcomed friends and family to her home. Her grandkids loved her invitations for sleepovers, where they would spend hours playing in the pool and hot tub, then devour her spaghetti with homemade sauce, followed by some vanilla ice cream.
June is survived by her sister, Nola Olsen Barnett; her son, Steve (Aline) Shuput; and her daughters, Melanie (Bruce) Decker and Shauna Shuput. She loved her many grandchildren: Karina Decker (Zac) Herman, Marin Decker, Faroe Decker (Matt) Robinson, Ryan (Danielle) Shuput, Vanessa Shuput (Brandon) Garcia, Elizabeth Shuput, Jane Shuput (Seb) Camp; Evan, Koan, Mya and Stella Shuput. She also had eleven beloved great-grandchildren: Zia and Xander Herman; Kaiden, Dean, Ethan and Ava Robinson; Che and Alice Garcia; Elora and Paul Camp; and Mila Shuput. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and four of her five siblings.
A graveside funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on April 22, 2023, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 1352 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. The service will be livestreamed via Zoom and can be accessed at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83194348565. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or the Dementia Society of America.
Melanie and family, I am so sorry to see this obit.
My deepest condolences to the family
I am so sadden at June's passing. My father is Irlam Blackledge Owen, (Junes first cousin), and my Uncle David (my dad's brother) is who your grandmother (Lois) raised after my grandparents died. My dad's father was David Albert Owen who was your grandmother's brother. I have tried to call her but received no answer, now I know why. June and I got together several times as we both loved genealogy on the Owen side and she gave me some photo's that pertained to my dad and the Grow family. I am not able to attend the graveside services, but I am watching it on zoom. I will miss our conversations about the family and knowing she was my family, as she was the only connection I had, as my grandparents died before I was born in 1946.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I would love to meet you if that is possible. I wished I had known as I would have loved to have said good bye to her.