Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Wilford Wadley Harris

Wilford Wadley Harris, 93, of Springville, Utah, shed the limitations of his well worn body and passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 11, 2022.  He was born October 3, 1928, in Lindon, Utah, to Stanley Harris and Rosella Wadley Harris in the back bedroom of his grandmother’s house, weighing in at only 3.5 pounds.

He married Mary La Gene Nelson in 1950. She preceded him in death on April 14, 1981. He then married Beverly Jean Smeath in September of 1981. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2017.

Wilf graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 1946. He worked for Pleasant Grove Canning Company then got an apprenticeship at Geneva Steel.  He then worked as a fire brick mason. He worked there for 38 years.  He retired from Geneva Steel in 1987. He specialized and enjoyed doing custom brick work including fireplaces and brick walls throughout his career.

Wilf settled in Orem where he raised his children Gene and Collette. After he and Beverly married he moved to Springville where he was a maintenance engineer for the seminary and then later retired there.

He liked to travel in his motor home and spend time outside. Wilf was very talented and could build or fix anything. He built a camping trailer from the ground up. He loved cars and had a general interest in them as well as working on them. His favorite car was a 1942 Ford Mercury. He bought one brand new from the factory and wished he had never sold it!

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved music and felt the spirit when he listened to the Tabernacle Choir. He loved his family, friends and neighbors, and they loved him.

Wilford is survived by his children Gene(Marie) Harris and Collett(Jim)Olsen and step children:  Jill(Brad) VanAusdal, Brad(Jeanne) Smeath , Jackie(Mike) Bulow, Jodie(Kirby) Crompton and 26 grandchildren, and 49 great grandchildren

He was preceded in death by Mary La Gene Nelson Harris(Wife), Beverly Smeath Harris(Wife) John Clark (Son-in-law) Susan Felix (Step daughter).

A viewing for his friends and family will be held MONDAY MAY 16, 2022. Viewing 9:00-10:30am Funeral Services Begin at 11:00am at the Wheeler Mortuary located at 211 E 200 S Springville, Utah prior to the Graveside Service.

GRAVESIDE MEMORIAL SERVICE and burial will be held, MONDAY MAY 16, 2022 at the OREM Cemetery following funeral services.

Wheeler Mortuary
Wheeler Mortuaryhttp://www.wheelermortuaries.com
Wheeler Mortuary has been family owned and operated for over 127 years and by five generations. Upon the death of Walter Wheeler in 1921, Walter’s son, Alma Young “A.Y.”, took over the business and rented the mortuary’s first facility. In 1923, Wheeler Mortuary was built at 355 East 100 North in Springville. It wasn’t until 1940, that the mortuary moved to its current location at 211 East 200 South in Springville.
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