Thomas Russell Rock, 89, died Friday, Sept. 2, 1994 in Ogden, Utah of causes incident to age.
He was born June 17, 1905 to Peter and Sarah Janet Russell Rock in Morgan, Utah. He graduated from Morgan High School in 1923. He married Vergie May Fernelius June 17, 1925 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. His wife of 69 years died a short two months ago on July 6, 1994. He served two stake mission in Woodruff. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 47 years; retiring, June 1970. They lived all of their married lives in tiny communities along the railroad between Tipton, Wyoming and Peterson, Utah where they resided since 1942.Russell was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions with honor and distinction including bishop of the Peterson Ward; Ogden Temple ordinance worker, together with his wife from 1971 to 1975, and Patriarch of the Morgan Stake since September, 1975.
His hobby was growing pedigree gladiolus, over 400 varieties, each having a history and ancestry of its own. They entered flower shows and country fairs receiving many ribbons and honors. But making people "glad" with a bouquet of his gladiolus was his greatest reward.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters, Russell Dale Rock (Colleen), Fresno, California; Kenneth Heber Rock (Barbara), Farmington; Gordon Kay Rock (Mary), Sunset; Donna May (John Lewis), Brigham City; RaNae (Jon Wilde), McKinnon, Wyoming; 25 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren survive him. One sister, Garnet Helen Reeder survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, one brother, son, Gerald Peter Rock, grandsons, Kent Alan Lewis and Troy Jon Wilde.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 8, 1994 at 11 a.m. at the Peterson-Mountain Green LDS Church, 4166 W. Highway 30 in Mountain Green, Morgan County, Utah. Friends may call Wednesday evening 7 to 9 p.m. at Walker Mortuary, 45 West 200 North, Morgan and one hour prior to services at the ward chapel. Interment: North Morgan Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank our home care nurse, Norma Chard who lovingly and tenderly assisted us in caring for both Vergie and Russell during their difficult and final days.
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