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Wilbur Ray Rodeback


1930 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Wilbur Ray Rodeback Obituary
Wilbur Ray Rodeback of Moreland, Idaho, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls after a stroke. He was 85.
He was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Vernal, Utah to Noah and Hannah Harrison Rodeback.
He grew up on the family farm outside Vernal and graduated in Uintah High School's Class of 1948. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and serving at posts across the United States and in Japan. 
He served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Great Lakes Mission, which then included parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and neighboring states.
He received a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Instruction in 1959 from Brigham Young University. Thereafter he taught at a junior high school in Salt Lake City, where he met Elizabeth Noble Babcock, a fellow teacher. They married in 1961 in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple, then moved to Boulder, Colorado, where all five of their children were born. While living in Boulder, Wilbur worked as a physicist at the National Bureau of Standards and Dow Chemical.
Wilbur and his family moved to Moreland, Idaho, in 1975, into the home he would occupy until his death. He worked at Test Area North and the Central Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory until retirement.
Until age and ill health limited his activities, he was an enthusiastic and relentless worker, both on the job and at home, where he enjoyed tending dozens of fruit trees, large vegetable gardens and an assortment of farm animals. He also enjoyed electronics projects, building radios, televisions and stereos for his family from kits.
He served quietly and faithfully in various church assignments, including clerk and executive secretary to several LDS bishops, and stake clerk, stake mission president and family history consultant. 
The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to dear friends, neighbors, relatives and medical personnel who offered selfless service and companionship to Wilbur and Elizabeth in their mature years and until the moment of his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth; his brothers, Shirl (Betty) and Clyde Rodeback; his sisters, Madge (Tom) Campbell and Norma Fay Rodeback; and two infant sons, Alan Ray Rodeback and Douglas Eugene Rodeback.
He is survived by daughter, Lisa Kaye Johnson of Gunnison, Utah; sons, David Lynn (Heidi) of American Fork, Utah and Jon Michael (Jennifer) Rodeback of Hagerstown, Maryland; sisters, Janis (Nyle) Bigelow of Vernal, Utah and Gwen (Verl) Smith of Highland, Utah; brother, Charles Albert (Jeanie) Rodeback of Whittier, California; and eleven grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors at a viewing on Monday, June 27, from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, at 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot. On Tuesday, June 28, a viewing will be held from 12-12:45 p.m. at the Moreland LDS Chapel, at 740 W 175 N in Moreland. The funeral will follow at 1 p.m., also at the Moreland Chapel. Interment will be at the Moreland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online atwww.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on June 28, 2016
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