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Obituary: Wilford Niederhauser

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away peacefully on June 9,1999, at the age of 72, of complications from cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family, holding his hands, as he passed on into the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

He was born on January 7,1927 in Basel, Switzerland to Alfred and Emilie Mundwyler Niederhauser. He immigrated to Salt Lake City with his parents on August 1, 1948. He married Jerry Ann Knowlton on July 6,1951 in the Lion House in Salt Lake City.During his youth in Switzerland he played on the Swiss National Ice Hockey Team and on Regional Soccer Teams. He apprenticed in the Miscellaneous Steel business while in Switzerland and he and his family started Niederhauser Ornamental Metal Works in Salt Lake City a few years later. He was a very highly respected man in the business world throughout the Western United States.

His love of the sport of Ice Hockey led he and others to form the Salt Lake Amateur Youth Hockey Association in Salt Lake City in the 1960's. They also started the Salt Lake Seagull Hockey Team. They traveled throughout the West playing other amateur hockey teams. He was instrumental in keeping the Salt Lake Golden Eagle Professional Hockey team in Salt Lake City by becoming a part owner of the team. He was still playing ice hockey up until the time of his death every week at the Bountiful Ice Rink and he has passed on that love of hockey to several of his grandsons.

He loved to soar through the sky in his twin engine Piper Seneca as often as he could. He shared his love of flying with anyone and everyone and especially loved flying his plane to Lake Powell numerous times each summer to relax on his boat with his family and friends. He loved the beauty of the earth and traveled all over the world and often back to his native country of Switzerland.

He is survived by his loving wife, two sons, Wilford Kay (Jessie Derricott) of South Jordan and their six children, Steven Ken (Liz Lee) of Salt Lake City and their five children, and one daughter, Shawna Tidwell (Bruce) of Farmington and their five children. He has four grandchildren serving missions at this time in various areas of the world. His surviving siblings are Emilie Chappuis, Ella Siegmann, Rose Morgan, and Alfred Niederhauser, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Miriam Lieber, and Margrit Schaerli.

The family would like to thank Dr. LeGrand Belnap for his valiant effort in trying to extend the life of this fine man, as well as Dr Greg Litton and Dr. Tom Kurrus. Also, to the Moran Eye Center and Dr. Teske for their gentle help in trying to save his vision. Our grateful appreciation and love to Dr. Terri DeJohn for her compassionate care.

We welcome all who were touched by Dad to join us in celebrating a life well lived. The viewing will be on Sunday, June 13, 1999 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple. Funeral services will be held at the Monument Park 11th Ward, 1565 So. Foothill Drive at 12 noon on Monday, June 14, 1999 with a viewing one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.

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