Joseph Russell Windley JR, otherwise known as JR, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 12, 1931 to Joseph Russell and Mary Spann Windley. He was raised in Logan, Utah and as a young man served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corp. Like his father, he had a lifelong love of repairing cars. JR worked for the Utah Department of Transportation, during this time he married Dixie Lee Andrews and they were blessed with three children. They were later divorced. In later years he met and married LuAnne Griffin. During this time he joined the LDS church and their marriage was sealed in the St. George Temple. JR continued to consult on highway projects until his health would no longer allow him to.
JR loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He passed on his love for the outdoors to his children and grandchildren. JR had a big heart and often gave of his time to his friends and family in helping to make their lives better. JR had several lifelong friends who he kept in regular contact with. JR loved to read and do his daily crossword puzzle. He was very knowledgeable and there was not a subject that he did not know something about. Even though he had a lot of things to keep him busy there was nothing he enjoyed more that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will always be known as Grandpa JR to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife LuAnne and his three children, Randy Windley, Logan, UT, Roxanne Butterfield (Blake), St. George, UT, Rachelle Thornhill, (Eric), Tempe, AZ. and LuAnne’s four children, Jerrold Griffin (Veniece), Houston, TX, Jacquelyn Dirks (Darwin), St. George, UT, John Griffin (Jolene), Mesa, AZ, James Griffin, (Karen), Chandler, AZ and his sister Karleen Henry, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Ralph Gibson and Trevor Windley.
There will be a visitation held at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E. 400 N. Logan, Utah on Saturday, May 28th from 10:00 am- 11:30 am. A graveside service will take place in Newton Utah Cemetery at noon. The family would like to thank Dixie Hospice Care for their care in his last days.