"A Life well lived, a man well loved"|
Nov. 23, 1922 ~ April 2, 2014
Kaysville - Rodney White Felt, surrounded by his family who loved him very much, returned home to our loving Heavenly Father on April 2, 2014 of causes incident to age.
He was born November 27, 1922, sharing the birthday with his beloved twin brother, Roger, in Dividend, Utah to wonderful parents Thomas Benjamin Felt and Mary Afton White. At the hands of his mother he learned to play and love baseball and went on from there to play for the University of Utah, and for several teams in the industrial league in Utah. His love of the game also led him to coach championship little league and Babe Ruth teams. Rodney was a graduate of Payson High School and attended the University of Utah.
On August 3, 1942 Rodney married his high school sweetheart, Ruby Snelson in Kaysville, Utah, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on May 20, 1943. They have shared 71 wonderful years together here in mortality and look forward to an eternity together beyond this life.
In 1943, Rodney joined the United States Army Air Corps, desiring to serve the country that he loved. He was stationed in California for a time before becoming employed in civilian service at Hill Air Force Base. He retired in 1977 after many years of dedication. He was always a hard worker and wonderful provider for his family. He used his artistic and creative talents to draw many beautiful and detailed house plans in northern Utah. After his first retirement with the government, he sought employment with the LDS Church and began work as a custodian at the Kaysville mill. With his organizational skills, he later accepted a position as the grain merchandiser for the church, a position he held for 10 years before retiring a second time in 1987.
Rodney loved camping, fishing, and golf, and was an avid BYU fan. He was a gifted mechanic, artist and graphic designer. He illustrated a book of Ruby's poetry and painted beautiful oil landscapes. He had a great ability to love people and made everyone he knew feel that they were the most important person in his life.
Encouraged by his lovely wife Ruby, Rodney converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 19. He has been a true disciple of the Savior, Jesus Christ ever since in word and deed. He has held many callings in the church, his most cherished being that of Bishop of the Kaysville 9th Ward where he grew to love each member of the ward, and they him. Together he and Ruby served faithfully in the West Virginia Mission and found much joy in serving the Lord. Rodney is well loved by all who knew him, especially his loving wife Ruby, his seven children and their spouses and by 28 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. His lifetime example of hard work and righteous living, and his testimony of and dedication to the gospel is a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. We love you Dad (Grandpa) and will miss you until we meet again!
Rodney is survived by his wife Ruby, children Kenneth (Reta) Felt, Larry (Jackie) Felt, Judy (Gary) Rigby, Merrill (Paula) Felt, Jeffrey (Tina) Felt, Brett (Kayla) Felt, Annalisa (Kirk) Smith, as well as his great posterity of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother Roger (Geraldine) Felt and sister Virginia (Grant) Moore. Preceding him in death are his parents, a sister Shirley Afton " Sis", grandsons Bradley Kenneth Felt, McKay Clark Smith, and great-granddaughter Laila Dawn Rigby.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Kaysville East Stake Center, 201 South 600 East Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with the family Monday, April 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main Street, Kaysville, and Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff of CNS for their kind and loving care.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindquistmortuary.com
Published in Deseret News on Apr. 5, 2014