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Obituary: PILKINGTON, LELAND LEW

Published: Thursday, Oct. 30 2014 12:39 p.m. MDT

Leland Lew Pilkington7/21/1920 ~ 11/29/2011Bountiful L. Lew Pilkington passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2011 of natural causes at the age of 91.He was born July 21, 1920 to Leland Farrell Pilkington and Elsie Mary Shilvock. He was the second son and third of five children. Lew was raised in Smithfield, Utah and graduated from North Cache High School. He helped sustain his family through the Depression Era by working in the beet fields, the local grocery store and as a custodian for LDS church houses. With his mother he learned to raise successful back-yard vegetable gardens. At 19 years of age he joined and proudly served in the Army Air Corps. For part of his service during World War II he was attached to the 10th Air Force in India and China where he was involved in the support of the troops on the Burma RoadOnce home, Lew enrolled at Utah State where he met Colleen Christensen. They were married on September 26, 1946 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple and remained devoted to each other throughout their lives. Lew earned a BA degree and was later recalled to the US Air Force for service during the Korean War where he and family were stationed in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. After the war he accepted employment with Oakite Products as a technical sales representative with whom he worked for 26 years. Once retired from full-time employment, Lew and Colleen worked with their sons in the creation of a successful family-owned business, Pilkington Metal Finishing. They also served as a couple in the LDS Bountiful Temple and as full-time missionaries in Columbus, Ohio. Lew and Colleen were extremely dedicated parents, grand-parents, neighbors and responsible citizens, rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Lew was preceded in death by his wife Colleen and daughter Janet, sisters Roma and Bonnie, his brother Jay and grandson David Wade. Lew is survived by his sister Ivalou Groutage, his sons and their wives David Lew and Nyla Berrett, Van Reid and Betsy Bennett, 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at the Bountiful 41st Ward LDS Chapel, 165 South 1000 East. A vewing will be held from 6:00 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2nd at the Bountiful 41st Ward Chapel. And prior to services at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Bountiful City Cemetery. Online guestbook available at www.russonmortuary.com