Our beloved husband and father, Charles Raymond Rivers, passed away on Thursday morning, May 9, 1996 in St. George, Utah, where he resided with his wife, Anne Rivers, who was his childhood sweetheart, and together have enjoyed 61 years of marriage.
He will be missed by his wife, Anne, his three children: Don Rivers (Dini) Eileen Harding (Lynn), Noue Wallwork (Curtis), his nine grandchildren: Shane Rivers, Brent Rivers, Raymond Rivers, Todd Rivers, Kevin Gull, Jeff Gull, Tuala Hernandez, Charles Afualo, and Jared Afualo, and 19 great-grandchildren.He passed through our lives very quietly, but was a force to be reckoned with. He was our greatest teacher and the lessons we learned from him will be forever remembered. There were no bounds for the love that he showed, and we will never forget his abundance of patience and continual generosity. Dad and Papa, from a very young age we all learned your favorite saying "What is worth doing, is worth doing well", and in your own gentle way you were there to remind us whenever it was needed.
Charles Rivers was born in Apia, Western Samoa on January 31, 1914 to John Ahmu Rivers and Grace Schwenke and was one of eight children. He is surivved by two brothers, Percy Rivers, of Tooele; and Isaac Rivers, of Kahuku, Hawaii.
He was educated in Western Samoa, and continued his high school studies in Fiji. His business career began in positions with the Samoan Government, he was sent to New Zealand to train in the postal service department, returning to Western Samoa as the Postmaster General for 11 years. In 1961 he moved to Laie, Hawaii where he was employed the the Church College of Hawaii, transferring to the Polynesian Cultural Center, where he and his wife managed the first Polynesian gift shopm, after traveling extensively throughout the South Pacific to collect the appropriate artifacts and Polynesian arts and crafts for this new business venture. He later went into the hotel and travel industry, where he managed the Laniloa Lodge and Restaurant from which he retired in 1976 and moved to Provo, Utah, later settling in Lehi, Utah to be near family and then relocating to St. George, Utah in 1994.
Charles was a member of the LDS Church, serving in capacities of Branch President, a member of the Bishopric, High Council and a temple worker in the Hawaii, Salt Lake and Provo temples.
Alofa Tele Dad and Papa, Mom and all your family bid you a fond farewell. Tofa Soifua, until we meet again.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 10 a.m. in the Southwind 1st Ward Chapel, 1155 North 1400 West. Friends and family may call Sunday evening 7-8 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 300 West St. George Blvd. and Monday 9 a.m. at the Southwind Chapel before services. Interment, St. George Cemetery, under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary.
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