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Business, civic leader Ned Winder dies

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Ned Winder

Ned Winder

Edwin Cannon (Ned) Winder, a noted business, religious and civic leader, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, at LDS Hospital of a heart condition. He was 83.

Mr. Winder was born on June 1, 1922, in Salt Lake City to Edwin Kent and Alma Cannon Winder. He grew up on the farm of Winder Dairy, the family business formed by his great-grandfather, and for many years was a partner and spokesman for the company. Tens of thousands of schoolchildren learned firsthand that milk comes from a cow as they were tutored on one of his many guided field trips.

He was also a partner in Valley View Memorial Park.

In World War II, he was a Navy gunner on the destroyer the USS Hugh Hadley, also serving as chaplain to his fellow sailors. As a young man, he served The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a missionary in the Southern States Mission. In later years, he served as a mission president in the Guam Micronesia Mission, the Australia Adelaide Mission and the Florida Mission, where he helped initiate missionary work in Puerto Rico.

He also worked with the church's Missionary Department, serving as secretary for 21 years. At the time of his death, he was serving as a stake patriarch and had been a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple since 1978, where he married thousands of couples.

His many civic duties included serving as president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Salt Lake Area United Way, Sons of the Utah Pioneers and the Utah Safety Council; commissioner of the Great Salt Lake Council-Boy Scouts of America; director of the Utah Manufacturers Association and First Security State Bank.

He also served on the advisory boards of Salt Lake Community College and the Salt Lake Detention Center; board of directors of the Salt Lake Planetarium; founder and president of the Rose Park Lions Club; dispatcher and announcer for the Days of '47 Parade; director of the Utah State Fair Foundation Board; and was two-time president of the Bleacher Utes (now the Crimson Club) at the University of Utah.

He has been inducted into the West Valley City Hall of Fame, named an "Outstanding Alumni" of Cyprus High School, received the Sam Walton Business Award, given the "Legend in our Community Award" by Chamber West, and just this spring was given the "Super Fan" award from the University of Utah basketball team. He was widely known for his sense of humor and his love for people.

Services are scheduled Friday, Sept. 2, at noon at the Jordan North Stake Center, 3900 S. 4000 West. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 W. 4100 South, and from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the stake center on Friday prior to the services. Interment will be at Valley View Memorial Park.