Obituary: RIRIE, OLIN

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 11:45 p.m. MDT

Olin Rhees Ririe 1928 ~ 2011

Loving husband, devoted father and brother, astute banker, and gifted woodworker Olin Rhees Ririe died on April 12. He was born November 20, 1928 to Olin H. and Josephine Rhees Ririe, in Ogden, Utah. He met his wife, Shirley Russon, while working summers at Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge as head bellhop, after graduating from American Fork High School in 1946, where he was student body president. Rhees prized his friendships made at the University of Utah, where he served as student body treasurer, played violin in the symphony, joined Beta Theta Pi, and graduated with a BS in 1950. He later served on the Emeritus Alumni board as Chair. After graduation he was drafted into the Korean War, where he was stationed for one year. Rhees worked for 30 years at First Security Bank, advancing to assistant to the executive VP; then at Commercial Security Bank/Key Bank as Senior VP. He was proud of mentoring many young bankers who thrived under his guidance. His joy was to develop young people: either bankers, members of the singles ward, or his family, and to serve his community, in which he was a tireless leader. He volunteered with United Way for 25 campaigns, serving as Chairman in 1981. He was a member of the Board of the local Multiple Sclerosis Society for ten years and Chair for two years, a Board Member of the Salt Lake Arts Council, VP of Intermountain Sexual Abuse Treatment Center, member of the Ririe-Woodbury Board of Trustees for 42 years, Treasurer of the ZAP Reauthorization Board and recipient of the Carnation Award for Volunteerism. Rhees also unfailingly served his church, as a High Priest, 1st counselor, Branch Presidency of the Holy Cross Hospital Branch, Sunday School Pres., Elders Quorum Pres., and Ward Financial Clerk. When he retired early, creating unique, beautiful studio furniture became his passion. Nine years at Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, Colo. studying with the great furniture makers of the world honed his skills. His original pieces were displayed at more than 15 museum exhibitions throughout the state with photographs published in Artists in Utah, and the U.of U. Library arts collection web site, and many commissioned works are in fine homes. His best friend Mike Riordan shared his passion for woodworking, as well as jeeping, jazz music and U. of U. basketball games-- an unlikely group of pursuits. Another of his passions was to travel to the greatest archaeological sites of the world, not just to visit, but also to study the anthropology of other cultures. Together, he and Shirley have visited, studied, and photographed 19 countries on every continent. Shirley and Rhees were married on Oct. 4, 1951 and lived together for 59 wonderful years. He was the best father four girls could ever have: Robin (William Larson), Megan, (R. Scott Miller), Dana (Kenneth F. Harlos), and Melinda (Scott N. Slighting) he is survived by them, his wife Shirley, a brother and sister, Delbert G. Ririe (Becky) and Carolyn Rhees Ririe (LaVar), 15 grandchildren, the pride of his life, and seven great grandchildren upon whom he doted. His illness was short as he would have wanted. His life was long, fruitful, joyous, and inspiring. In lieu of flowers donations to Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, www.ririewoodbury.com 138 West Broadway, SLC, UT 84101 or the Lewy Body Dementia Foundation www.lbda.org LBDA 912 Killian Hill Road SW Lilburn, GA 30047. A visitation service will be held at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake on Wednesday, April 20th from 6-8 p.m. The Memorial will be at the LDS church on 125 E North Sandrun Dr Salt Lake, on Thursday April 21st with a visitation prior from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m.