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VAN A. NEISWENDER DIES, A LEADING GENEALOGIST

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Van A. Neiswender, 73, former manager of the microfilm division of the Genealogical Society of Utah and assistant state archivist, died July 30, 1996, of cancer at his Murray home.

Mr. Neiswender, who also was a member of the Priesthood Genealogy and Temple Work Committee of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was diagnosed with cancer about three weeks ago and underwent surgery July 12. He died the day before his 74th birthday.He was manager of microfilm operations during a time when the church opened the new Granite Mountain Records Vault in Little Cottonwood Canyon and was responsible for the church's worldwide microfilm operations.

A native of McCammon, Bannock County, Idaho, Mr. Neis-wender was an Air Force pilot, having received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star for service in the Korean War. He piloted "Black Widow" night fighter aircraft during World War II. He retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel in 1964.

He and his wife, Dorothy, served in the Missouri Independence Mission. He was an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake and Jordan River temples and had served in two bishoprics and a number of branch presidencies.

Funeral services will be held at noon Friday in the Little Cottonwood 8th Ward, 6180 S. 855 East, Murray. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 S. State, and from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.