Otherwise known as Dick or Pop!
I wouldn't say that I knew Pop very well, though we were able to visit him many times over the years since I first met Brandon. Fortunately, our proximity to where they lived was never very far, so any excuse for us to be in St. George to see Shauna, Duane, and Angie was also an excuse to see Theola and Dick.
I was particularly touched that they were able to make the effort to journey not only up to our wedding in Logan, but also to Alabama to celebrate with us there. We'll miss Pop. We love him.
His obituary from Serenity Funeral Homes:
Ivins, Utah – Richard Ervin (Dick) McCloud, age 88, passed away on September 5, 2017 in the Southern Utah Veteran’s Home of complications from a stroke and pneumonia. He was born March 11, 1929 in Bingham, Utah to Sarah Luella Ottesen and Henry Ervin McCloud who preceded him in death in 2000 and 1932 respectively.
Dick grew up in Spanish Fork and Salt Lake City, Utah, when life was simpler. His father was a diesel mechanic and was killed in an accident on the job when he was three, so he relied on family as he grew up. He spent a lot of time with cousins after chores were done. He married Theola Butler (from Cardston, Alberta, Canada) on October 16, 1951, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Cardston, Alberta, Canada Temple. He served In the United States Navy as a communications specialist and was very proud of his service. He was a neon sign electrician for a number of years and worked his way up in civil service at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. He retired as the superintendent over all maintenance on the base. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he and Theola served a mission in the Mexico City Temple. They also served in the St. George, Utah, Temple. After retirement, they spent seven years working as campground hosts/area managers for the forest service. He loved the beauties of nature and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his sweetheart enjoyed the fun and friendship of square dancing for more than 20 years.
Dick is survived by his wife Theola, and two daughters: Shauna (Duane) Woodmansee and Tanya (BJ) Johnston, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The family will be forever grateful to the Southern Utah Veteran’s Home and Zion’s Way Home Health & Hospice for their tenderness and kindness during the last weeks of his life.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the LDS Heritage Chapel, 290 E 1060 S, Ivins, Utah. A visitation will be held at 12:00 Noon and a Celebration of Life will begin at 1:00 PM. Dick will be interred in the Ivins City Cemetery with full military honors.
Online obituary can be viewed at serenityStG.com where memories and photos can be shared.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Disabled American Veterans at dav.orgShauna and Tanya put together a wonderful funeral service where many memories and stories were shared, followed by an excellent tribute graveside service. It was personal and lovely. I'm so glad we could be there.