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Richard Noorlander

Born: 10/30/1928, Ogden, Utah
Death: 1/26/2018, Moab, Utah
Service: 01/29/2018, 12:00 pm, Moab LDS Stake Center
Interment: 01/29/2018, 1:30 pm, , Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Richard Noorlander, 89, passed away Friday January 26, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Richard was born October 30, 1928 in Ogden, Utah to John Henry and Minnie Vanderwoude Noorlander. Richard’s family moved to Huntsville, after high school Richard joined the navy for two years, then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Holland, where his parents were born, and when he returned went back to the navy for another two years.

Richard married JoAnn McBride and had a daughter Susan, they later divorced. He then married Jo Ann Hunt and they had Kary, Craig, and Rudy that also end in divorce. In 1994 he married Ivy Thompson and loved all her children as they were his own, and help raise their grandson Derick Thompson. Richard was a disabled veteran but managed to do many things in his life. Richard was an artist doing things like making an eagle holding a fish in its claws out of moose antlers. Built a rock wall on the driveway hill. Built a fish pond and on a trip back from Florida stopped by a pond and got some lily pads and put them in his fish pond. Richard loved to visit his family and always had a grandchild with him. The littlest ones he carried on his shoulders.

He is survived by his wife Ivy, his 4 children Susan Rukavina, Kary (Cory) Lyman, Craig (Chris) Noorlander, Rudy Noorlander; 6 step-children Rick (Cindy) Thompson, Valerie O’Brien, Pam Jackson, Valoie (Jay) Leetham, Valden (Claudia) Thompson, Chad (Amy) Thompson; 2 sisters Jean Clark, and Carol Smith; a brother Blaine Noorlander; 42 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 siblings Joyce Elaine, John Henry Jr., Donald Jay, Stanley; and a step-son Brian Thompson.

Funeral Services were held Monday January 29, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Moab LDs Stake Center. A viewing was held Sunday January 28, 2018 from 6:00 to8:00 pm at Spanish Valley Mortuary and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial followed at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery


1/28/2018 - Dear Family of Richard, Our hearts go out to you and pray this loss will not be too severe. I wish we were still able to get to services, but are having trouble with balance, etc. We will be thinking of you! - Richard and Mary Jane Cozzens

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