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Obituary: Raymond S. Whittaker

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1923 ~ 2003


Raymond Sterling Whittaker, age 80, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2003 from a heart attack.

He was born May 18, 1923 to Louring Arthur and Fern Sevy Whittaker in Circleville, Utah, the oldest of seven children.

He lived in Circleville, working on the family farm until he graduated from high school in May of 1941. He then attended school at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan until he enlisted in the US Navy in December of 1943.

He served his country as Pharmacist's mate Second Class during World War II. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to school at Utah State, then later University of Utah.

On January 3, 1948, Raymond married Wilda Morgan, also from Circleville. Having been married for 55

years, Ray and Wilda have been inseparable.

After moving from Circleville, they lived in Richfield for 21 years, then moved to Provo. Raymond is survived by his wife Wilda, three sons, Brad (Lori) of Richfield, Curtis (Jillene) of Highland, and Mark (Jolyn) of Orem; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandson; brothers, Larry (Metta Jane) of Circleville, Gale (Sharon) of St. George. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters: twins, Roger and Ralph, Joyce Jones, Dorothy Whitman.

He loved and cherished his family. He enjoyed a long career in education, teaching at Piute High School and later serving as principal. Serving on the Sevier School Board and finishing his career in Richfield as the director of the Central Utah Education System (CUES).

He has enjoyed a lifetime of church service, having served in many positions, including Sunday School teacher, High Councilor, Bishop of the Circleville Ward and as Stake President of the Panguitch Utah Stake. He is loved and respected by many, especially his family. We love you and will miss you dad and Grandpa.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Richfield 6th LDS Ward Chapel, 500 East 800 North. Friends may call at the Neal S. Magleby & Sons Mortuary in Richfield Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the ward chapel on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Springville City Cemetery, 200 West 400 North in Springville at 3:30 p.m.