Archie Richard Atwood

1925 ~ 2013
Our father, Archie Richard Atwood, peacefully returned home to his Heavenly Father, with a smile on his face and his hand on his sweetheart's knee, early December 27, 2013.
Born August 1, 1925, in Leland, Utah, the oldest son of Melvin Richard and Lillian Boyd Atwood. He married his sweetheart, Mary Darlene Keele, in 1943, in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a veteran of World War II. He worked at Geneva Steele, as a welder, and then for Nebo School District as a custodian at the Park School and then Head Plumber for the maintenance department until he retired in 1987. He and his wife served a mission to Manchester England for 18 months from 1989 - 1990, and they were temple workers at Provo Temple for many years.
Dad survived cancer twice, with the latest one taking his voice. He was a great example of patience, long suffering, and enduring to the end.
He is survived by his sweetheart, Darlene; and children: Sharon (Larry) Creer, Michael Richard (Marilyn) Atwood, Robyn (Glenn) Robinson, Melanie (Robert) Ford, and a foster son, Paul (Lucille) Billy. He leaves a great legacy with 18 grandchildren, and 45 great - grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Todd Richard Creer; sisters: Ellen Atwood Davis, Mary Atwood Harris; brother, Melvin Boyd Atwood; and foster daughter, Marita Greenwood.
Viewing will be held at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah, on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 6 til 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Aspen Meadows 3rd Ward Chapel 1661 S 1400 E, Spanish Fork, Utah, December 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with a viewing prior from 9:45 a.m. til 10:45 a.m. Interment will be at Spanish Fork City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to family at www.walkerobits.com

Published in Deseret News on Dec. 29, 2013