Wesley Trenton Osguthorpe, 77, of East Millcreek, died February 6, 1996 in Salt Lake City at the Veterans Administration Hospital, of heart disease and other causes incident to age.
Born in Salt Lake City, August 13, 1918 to George Osmond Osguthorpe and Elizabeth (Bessie) Midgley. He married Iva LaRue Russell, April 22, 1940 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. As a young man, Wes worked for Porter-Walton Seed Company, the Utah Copper Company, and Snelgrove Ice Cream, to help support his mother, who had been widowed when Wes was six years old. In 1945, leaving his wife and two young daughters at home, he served as an infantry rifleman in Okinawa, returning home later that year following an injury sustained in battle. He worked for Strong Motor Company for over 30 years in both the service and sales departments, retiring in 1981, due to the effects of Parkinson's Disease, with which he suffered for 22 years without complaint.He was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He filled two stake missions, served as a counselor in his High Priests Quorum leadership, as a stake clerk, and as a home teacher.
Gardening was one of his favorite activities. As a young man he won prizes for his produce at the Utah State Fair. Later in life, he spent much of his time growing a wide variety of flowers, including strawflowers, which he dried and arranged.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Sharon (Pierre) Koncurat, Carlene (Jeff) Platt; two sons, Russell T. (Lolly) Osguthorpe, Von K. (Becky) Osguthorpe; and three sisters, Ramola (Bill-deceased) Bengtzen, Beth (Lindsay) Milne, Mary (Joel-deceased) Garrett; 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, George.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 12 noon in the Mount Olympus North Stake Center, 4176 So. Adonis Dr. Friends may call at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East So. Temple, Thursday, February 8, from 6-8 p.m. or at the church one hour prior to services. Burial in Larkin Sunset Gardens.
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