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Death: Royal C. Whitlock

Royal C. Whitlock, age 77, passed away October 8, 1997 at the Gunnison Valley Hospital in Gunnison, Utah.

Royal was born March 14, 1920 in Axtell, Utah. He was the son of Lilly E. (Olsen) and Royal Whitlock. He married Geraldine Rosenvall of Gunnison, Utah in Louisville, Kentucky on September 1, 1943 while stationed with the Air Force as a glider pilot instructor. He joined the Air Force while attending Snow College and received his wings and commission as a Second Lt. He remained in the States for almost four years as a Glider Pilot instructor.Upon leaving the service in 1945, Royal went into business with his father and brother, Aldous as manager and partner of the Gunnison Implement Company in Gunnison (which he later bought out in 1956).

During his ownership of the business, he was active in civic projects. He was president of the JayCees receiving the Distinguished Service Award. He was a member of the Gunnison Volunteer Fire Dept., a member of the Gunnison City Council, member of the Library Board, secretary, president and zone chairman of the Lions Club, member of the Riding Club, secretary and treasurer of the Valley Industrial Corporation, president of the Business Assoc., honorary member of the FFA, five year director and president of the Intermountain States Hardware and Implement Association, and a member of the board of directors at the Gunnison Valley Bank for over 20 years. Royal loved music and was active both at Brigham Young University and Snow College in the field of opera and various quartet entertaining. He later did solo and quartet singing whenever called upon.

He was a member of the LDS Church. He was a high priest and fulfilled several callings in this capacity.

Royal's first love was his wife and family. His second love was his business, never regretting a day of his 44 years spent selling and servicing mostly John Deere farm machinery. In his younger days, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and later played at golf. His hobby since retirement consisted of woodworking and cabinet making. He spent many hours at this type of work.

Royal is survived by his wife, Gerry; his daughter, Cathleen (Paul) Richards of Pleasant Grove; a son, Carl of Gunnison; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Tollstrup of Ontario, OR; Genevieve Stephenson of Kirkland, WA; Beth Foard of Sun Lakes, AZ; a brother, Glen (LaDonna) Whitlock of Salt Lake City. Royal was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Teresa and a brother, Aldous.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, at 11 a.m., in the Gunnison LDS Stake Center. Friends may call at the stake center Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to services. Interment in the Gunnison Cemetery with military honors. Directed by the Warren R. Jensen Funeral Home.

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