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Kenneth Clare Wardle


1938 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Kenneth Clare Wardle Obituary
Kenneth Clare Wardle
1938 ~ 2014
Kenneth Clare Wardle passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on April 25, 2014, after a short battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was born November 12, 1938 to Kenneth Wardle and Laura Wardle Cerrone in Midvale, Utah. He graduated from Jordan High School where he participated in track and played the clarinet. Clare served an honorable mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central States Mission. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and earned a master's degree from Brigham Young University. He retired from the Utah Department of Transportation after a fulfilling career. Clare also taught at the Salt Lake Community College for 12 years. He also served as president, treasurer and board member of the Homestead Village Homeowners' Association.
Clare was married to Julie Ann Jensen (later divorced) and together they had six wonderful, rambunctious sons who are affectionately known as "The Wardle Boys": Brad, Greg, Neil, Scott, John and Chris (Baby Boy). Seventeen years ago, he married Gwen Forsyth who gave him his only daughter, Amanda. Clare and Gwen truly had wonderful romance. He was an avid runner throughout his life, including qualifying for and completing the Boston Marathon. Many members of his family also inherited his passion for running. He was a University of Utah fan and made many wonderful memories with his family while attending games. Clare also loved to fish and golf, and you could often find him walking the fairways at Murray Parkway Golf Course. He always sought to help his family be successful. Clare was a great counselor, mentor, teacher, motivator, and living example of overcoming difficulties that come with life. He was a wonderful friend, son, brother, uncle, dad, husband and grandfather. He just simply loved his family.
He is survived by his wife Gwen; children Brad (Judy), Greg, Neil, Scott (Courtney), John, Chris (Sara), Amanda Covington (Cory); grandchildren Ryan (Mallory), Brooke Buerck (Chris), Mitchell, Stacey Rogers (Dave), Max, Bronson, Eden, Abigail, Emma, Lauren, Jackson, Cole, Chase, Mason, Tanner and great granddaughter Ellie; sister Nedra Farrington (Jim) and brother Lynn Wardle. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Helen Wardle and Laura and Mike Cerrone, daughter- in-law Darcy Nelson and granddaughter Mikayla George.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, who compassionately cared for dad during his last days.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State St., Midvale, and funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at the Union Fort 6th Ward, 7155 South 540 East, Midvale. A viewing will be held one hour prior to funeral services at the church. Interment will be at the Midvale City Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.goffmortuary.com.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 27, 2014
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