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Harry Cox Ahlstrom


1920 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Harry Cox Ahlstrom Obituary
1920 ~ 2014
Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Harry Cox Ahlstrom passed away peacefully at home Monday February 3, 2014 two days following his 94th birthday. Harry was born February 1, 1920 to Tipton Pit and Lillian Fuller Cox Ahlstrom in Cedar City Utah. Harry spent his childhood years in and around Cedar City. The family's home, which like many of the time, included domestic livestock and the associated daily chores, was on the banks of Coal Creek. He spoke fondly of falling to sleep listening to the sounds of the creek. He wasn't able to finish high school due to the financial pressures of the depression. When he was 19 a representative came through town looking for recruits for an aircraft mechanics school in California. He decided to go and was on his way that very morning. He had slept his last night listening to Coal creek. The aircraft school folded but referred the students to the Consolidated Aircraft plant in San Diego, so he and some other students hitch hiked their way to San Diego. He successfully landed a job at the Consolidated aircraft factory which was building B-24 Bombers. While working in San Diego he met Myrtle Ruth Murley, who had come from her home in Tennessee to work at the Consolidated plant. They were married September 20, 1942 in Yuma Arizona. The marriage was later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
Building bombers was critical to the war effort at the time and would have exempted Harry from military service, however he felt it his duty to enlist to do his part. He joined the fighting at the time of the Battle of the Bulge as an infantryman in an armored division. He was in the thick of the fighting and at one point survived the explosion of an artillery shell that took the life of soldiers on either side of him. He, Myrtle and son Ron, returned to Cedar City after the war. He later moved the family to Salt Lake City to take a job with the Strevell Paterson Company. He was a top salesman for the company winning many awards, including an expense paid trip to Europe for him and his wife. He retired after 30 years of service. He was an active member of the L.D.S. Church Serving as Sunday School President, Elders Quorum President, Ward Clerk, Stake Clerk and High Priest's group leader. Harry was good with tools and could fix most anything. He became the neighborhood handyman and would respond to anyone in need whether it was a leaky faucet or a stalled car. He especially watched out for the widows in the neighborhood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, all his brothers and sisters, wife Myrtle and a grandson Jared Ahlstrom. He is Survived by his children; Ronald (Kristin) Ahlstrom, Linda (Scott) Rich and Bruce (Keri) Ahlstrom, 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank all of the care givers from Home Instead as well as the hospice staff who provided the loving care for dad that allowed him to stay in the home he loved to the end.
Funeral services will be held Saturday February 8th at 11:00 am in the Valley View Third Ward Chapel 1925 East Gunderson Lane. A viewing will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Drive Friday February 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and again on Saturday February 8th at 10am in the Valley View 3rd Ward Chapel one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8, 2014
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