Gethin M. Oldroyd


Our kind and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, Gethin M Oldroyd of Glenwood, passed away August 21, 2007, in Richfield, Utah, after a valiant battle with cancer.He was born September 4, 1925, in Glenwood to John David and Tessie Mae Bell Oldroyd.

He married Leila Hatch of Koosharem on November 26, 1943, in the Manti LDS Temple. Married 64 years, Gethin and Leila raised their family and remained in Glenwood all those years.

Gethin graduated from Richfield High School in 1943. While there he excelled in education and also played the clarinet in the band. hortly after high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. As a veteran of World War II, he served in the 20th Armored Division, known as "The Liberators". He participated in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge with Patton's 3rd Army and liberated prisoners of war from the Dachau Concentration Camp and also was involved in the liberation of Munich, Germany. After Gethin's release from the Army, he worked at Western Gypsum Company, which became Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, retiring in 1990 after more than 40 years there. He was known among his co-workers and his family for his great sense of humor and everyone enjoyed his company.

Gethin always wanted a college education for himself, and even though he did not achieve that goal he made certain his children did. Among his many activities were hunting, fishing, raising lambs and dogs and farming. In his later years he became a great fan of John Wayne and the Utah Jazz. However, his greatest delight was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and looked forward to their visits.

Gethin is survived by his wife, Leila Hatch Oldroyd, and his sister, Alta (Ralph) Peterson both of Glenwood. Also by his children; Dr. Roger J. (Judy) Oldroyd, Mary Ann (Terry) Peterson, Mae Beth (Errol) Anderson all of Glenwood and Dr. Michael (Michelle) Oldroyd of St. George. Gethin has 22 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren all of whom are living. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers: VerDon "Johnny" Oldroyd, Rue T. Oldroyd and Lynn J. Oldroyd as well as a sister, DeVeda Washburn; great-grandson, Garrett Peterson

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. in the Glenwood LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may call at the Magleby Mortuary on Friday from 6 -8 p.m. and at the Ward Chapel in Glenwood on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery with military rites by the VFW Sevier post #5050. Funeral Directors, Magleby Mortuary, Richfield Online guestbook at