Royal Edley Hildreth

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Hildreth, Royal Edley
86, of Mesa, Arizona passed away on July 22, 2014 after a year-long battle with cancer. Royal was born April 27, 1928 in Gladstone, NM to Clarence and Evelyn Hildreth. He was raised in Texas. Royal left home at an early age to build a life of his own and was successful. He served his country in the Army during the Korean War. He was a groceryman by trade and traveled the country opening stores. In 1970 he was assigned to open a store in Sun City, AZ. He and his wife Barbara transferred here and Arizona became their home. He loved to tell people "he would much rather shovel sunshine than snow." In 1985 he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This new way of life only added to the life of service he was already living. He was a great neighbor and a loyal friend. Royal is survived by one son Jerry Hildreth of El Paso, TX one granddaughter, Denee also of El Paso, TX. Three step-daughters, Lynda Halls of Utah, Joy Bates (Gene) of Utah and Cindy Bonebrake of Texas. Nine grandchildren, 20 great-grand children and 3 great-great-grand children. Royal was preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, his mother and father, two brothers and one sister. Services will take place Monday, July 28th at 12 noon, with a viewing one hour prior at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 532 South Greenfield Rd. in Mesa. Interment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with Military Honors. Inquiries can be addressed at Angels Cremation and Burial 422 W. McLellan Rd. Mesa, AZ 85201 480-96-ANGEL. Flowers appreciated. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to for their kindness and care over the past year. Donations in Royal's memory may be made at


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Angel's Cremation & Burial
422 W. McLellan
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 962-6324
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Published in The Arizona Republic on July 27, 2014
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