Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Neil William Kooyman, passed away September 16, 1996 at a Salt Lake hospital after a short battle with stomach cancer.
He was born January 6, 1915 in Salt Lake City to William D. and Magdalena VanDerDoes Kooyman. He grew up in Salt Lake City attending Wittier and Forest elementary schools, Irving Jr. High and West High School graduating in 1931. He also attended LDS Business College and the University of Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in the Netherlands from 1934-1936. He married Susanne Lester on August 22, 1938 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and recently celebrated their 58th Anniversary.He served many positions in the LDS Church including Young Mens president, bishops counselor, high councilor, stake mission president and bishop of the Forest Dale Ward, from 1960-1970. He served as stake president of the Salt Lake Granite Stake form 1972-1974 and president of the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission from 1974-1977. Since that time he has also served in numerous positions in the Little Cottonwood Stake, serving as Gospel Doctrine teacher at the time of his passing.
Neil was employed by Hill AFB-Ogden, Modern Motors-Bountiful, Petty Motors- Sugarhouse, ZCMI Distribution, SLC, and Strevell-Patterson HDWE-SLC. In September, 1970, he accepted the position as manager of distribution for the LDS Church and retired in 1985. He was extremely proud of his input in the design and construction of the current distribution center on West 1700 South.
He is survived by his wife; five children, Kae Curtis (Kay) Sandy; Annette Uhrhan (Frank), Salt Lake City; Robert L (Pam), Salt Lake City; David N. (Joleene), Hyde Park; Paul W. (Raelynn), Seal Beach, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; foster son, Orville Stanley, Bylas, Ariz.; three sisters, Wilma McClelland (Don) Midvale; June Player (Grant) Kearns; Martha Hampton (Loring), Holladay. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Nellie Illi and Norma Myrick, and a great-granddaughter, Abbey K. Curtis.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 20, 1996, at 1 p.m. in the Little Cottonwood 20th Ward chapel, 6350 South Rodeo Lane (1545 E.). Friends and family may call Thursday, 6-9 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, and Friday, at the church from 11:30 to 12:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, 941 East East 3300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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