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Death: Richard Harland Bemis

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Richard Harland Bemis, age 75, died June 6, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Richard was born August 11, 1922, in Salt Lake City to Dewey Harland and Ireta Burlingame Bemis. He married Colleen Pearson on August 1, 1942, in Tuscon, Arizona. Colleen died on January 28, 1971. Richard married Lola Jean Gammell Richards, June 25, 1971. Loal Jean died April 1, 1993. Richard graduated from South High School in 1941.Richard worked for Western Electric in Tuscon, Arizona, before entering the Armed Forces on May 10, 1943. He was a decorated veteran of World War II serving in the Army's 2nd Armored Division as a sergeant in the Signal Corps. He was honorably discharged on November 29, 1945. Richard worked for Petty Ford, Fred A. Carlson Pontiac as parts manager for several years. Richard then created his own business, Time Distributors, working as general manager for 15 years. He then went on to work for Henderson Rim and Wheel until his retirement. He won several sales awards during that time. Richard was loved and respected by his business associates and his numerous clients throughout Utah.

Richard was a 32 degree Mason, a member of Progress Lodge, Scottish Rite, and was a Knoble of El Kalah Shrine. Richard loved to travel and to play golf and fish. He was proud to display his seven "Holes in one" trophies. He also loved his 4:00 p.m. toddy, Mash and the Honeymooners reruns, his condo, warm weather, his loving family, and many, many friends. Richard practiced his artistic talents in the latter part of his life by painting many award winning watercolors.

We always knew when Popper was serious - by sporting a stern look with his infamous pointed eyebrow. Mostly, we will remember his warmth and great humor behind a crooked, little smile.

Richard is survived by his daughters, Kathy B. Sutherland, Nancy B. Jacobsen, and his stepson, Clark G. Richards. Also, he is survived by his grandchildren, Abi and Zach Jacobsen, Mat and Andy Sutherland, and a special companion and lifelong friend, Violet "Vergie" Newton.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Colleen, his son Richard Scott, and his stepdaughter Paula, and his second wife Lola Jean.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at 1 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 So. Highland Drive. Friends may visit from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial prior to the graveside service. The family suggests donations to the Shriner's Hospital for children in lieu of flowers.

The family expresses their appreciation to the staff of the LDS Hospital for their caring and attentive support.

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