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Obituary: Ralph S. Loveridge

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Ralph S. Loveridge 1919 ~ 2007 Ralph S. Loveridge, caring companion to Betty A. Thorup has moved on from this life to be with his eternal sweet heart 29 March 2007. To us he was father, grandfather, and great grandfather, but he will always be remembered for the great love and care he showed to the love of his life, as Betty gracefully endured her final years on this earth. Born May 1919 in Salt Lake County, Utah to Milton Harvey Loveridge and Evelyn Simpson the third in a family of three children. "Family is all that can go with you." He told us. A man who gave all to his family, which for him was that which was the most value in this life. Ralph raised a large family with nine children, and he enjoyed visits from all of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His home was the place we could all go and feel loved. He cared for us, and gave us a home for times when we could not make one for ourselves. He was patient with us when we complained, comforted us when we grieved, and loved us always. The years of joy we had together, we enjoyed the spring Easter parties in his back yard where he would sit quietly watching and listening to the squeals of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family Christmas parties where he gathered his family together to share our talents and stories of love and faith. A jack of all trades, Ralph did love to learn about everything around him. He loved fixing things and learned how to fix appliances, lawnmowers, as well as make eyeglasses. He learned how to fix appliances with their first Sears automatic washer that had to be bolted to the floor. His first car, a model T Ford, had just a motor and a seat and he was able to get it running when he was only 12 years old. An avid train hobbyist he delayed his passion for his family, however he still found opportunities for trains. Building a small ride on train which he took to carnivals when the family was young, and the miniature track that was a constant work in progress in the basement. A veteran of World War II, he honorably served his country throughout the United States and in Panama. Preceded in death by his wife Betty Anna Thorup, parents Milton Loveridge & Evelyn Simpson, brother Dale Loveridge, sister Edith Wood, his daughter LuJuana Gibbons, son-in-law Clyde K. Thacker, grandson-in-law Tyler Thacker, great-grand daughter Kourtney A. Carlquist, He is survived by his children Dale (Linda) Loveridge of Winnemucca, NV; Peggy (Lynn) Carlquist of Hazelton, ID; son-in-law Stuart Gibbons of Salt Lake City, UT; Patricia Thacker of Riverton, UT; Dennis (Marsha) Loveridge of South Jordan, UT; Kent (Vicky) Loveridge of Lehi, UT; Robyn (Jamie) Gordon of West Jordan, UT; Connie (Alan) Henderson of West Jordan, UT; Sue(John) Shuppy of Francis, UT; 52 grandchildren; innumerable great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law Paulus Svedin, William Thorup, David Evans, Garn Christensen; sister-in-law Grace Thorup. A viewing will be held Sunday at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 E. 10600 So., from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday at noon with the viewing from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., at the South Jordan 6th Ward, 2580 W. 9800 So. Online condolences at www.larkinmortuary.com