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Obituary: Nolan C. Oswald

Nolan C. Oswald

A Gentleman

Nolan Carl Oswald, dear father, grandfather, brother, and friend completed his earthly mission of 92 years and passed away May 22, 2008.Nolan was born March 7, 1916, in Coltman, Idaho, the eldest son of Carl Henry and Elizabeth Myrtle Sargent Oswald. On June 9, 1936, Nolan married his sweetheart (since grade school) Lois Thornton in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Both he and Lois attended BYU together and since then remained lifetime loyal Cougar sports fans.

Nolan had a very successful business career with Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation. For many years he was the corporation's branch manager for Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Nolan was the most successful branch manager in the history of the corporation, receiving numerous awards.

Having been born and raised on a farm, Nolan knew how to cultivate the most beautiful and tasty ears of corn, succulent raspberries, apples and pears in his backyard suburban Holladay garden. He shared his bounteous harvest willingly with his family, neighbors, and friends. For forty-five years Nolan kept horses on a lot next to his home. They were tenderly cared for and were champion pets of the neighborhood. For many years, he rode his beautiful golden palomino horse as a member of the Ute Rangers. Nolan was a member of the Salt Lake Kiwanis and the Salt Lake Ambassador Club. He was also a lifetime member of the BYU Cougar Club and served as President of the National Cougar Club.

As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Nolan served as a teacher and in positions of leadership in his ward and stake, including that of bishop of the Valley View 8th Ward. Nolan and his wife, Lois, served for many years as Host and Hostess for the Church at the Tabernacle on Temple Square for the Tabernacle Choir broadcast on Sunday mornings. As members of the Church Hosting Committee, they also entertained visiting dignitaries, foreign ambassadors and royalty. In 1984 and 1985 Nolan and Lois served as official representatives of the church in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Nolan was a loving and generous man who cherished his family and his friends.

For many months during his later years, Nolan was assisted in living in his home by his granddaughter-in-law, Kim Oswald, and by her sister, Chandra Sorenson. They performed as angels on earth, looking after his needs, caring for his home and yard and offering compassionate and loving service affording him dignity of life in the twilight of his years. For the past ten months, Nolan resided at Silverado Senior Living in Holladay. His family sincerely appreciates the wonderful care he received from the capable and caring staff there.

Nolan was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lois, his brother, Glen Oswald, and his sister, Iris Westergard. He is survived by his brother, Dale Oswald, Mesa, Arizona; and his sisters, Florence Purcell, Boise, Idaho; Donna Ward, Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Nila (Darrell) Stucki, Willard, Utah. Also surviving him are his two sons, Richard (Bonnie) Oswald, Fairview, Utah; and Kenneth (Marilyn), Holladay, Utah; and his cherished grandchildren, Joel (Kimbra) Oswald, Holladay; Jono Oswald, Park City; Kevan (Mary Kim) Oswald, Salt Lake City; Kyle (Amy) Oswald, Frederick, Maryland; Erica (Michael) Flitton, Holladay; and Alisha (Jeff) Sperry, Holladay. Nolan has thirteen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 29, 2008, 12:00 Noon at the Valley View 8th Ward, 4395 S. Albright Dr. (2145 East), Holladay, Utah. Friends may call Wednesday evening, May 28th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive and from 10:45 until 11:45 a.m. prior to services at the ward. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.