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Obituary: WOFFINDEN, BILL

Published: Sunday, Dec. 21 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

Bill Woffinden 1915 ~ 2011William "Bill" Goates Woffinden, age 96, died on Dec. 8, 2011, from complications of a stroke. He was born on Feb. 18, 1915, in Austin, Utah, the eldest twin of Horace and Agnes Goates Woffinden. He was raised in Brigham City and Garland, Utah.After his youth, Bill served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his twin brother, Walt, to London, England. During their mission, they both sang in the Millennial Chorus. Hugh B. Brown was their mission president.Following his mission, on Jan. 12, 1940, he married his sweetheart, Veda Lucas (also a twin), in the Logan, Utah, LDS temple. Bill completed his accounting degree from Utah State University and was an accountant and office manager for U and I Sugar.Bill loved Veda. They loved to dance. Bill prized fishing. Many people learned eternal principles while fishing with "Bishop Woffinden." During retirement years, Bill and Veda wintered in Mesa, Ariz., with his twin, Walt, and sister-in-law, Emily. Bill and Veda loved to visit, play golf, dance, and enjoy their many wonderful friends. Until his death, Bill and Veda were able to live together in their home, because of Bill's loyal and attentive care.People were naturally drawn to this kind, patient, and gentle man. He was known to temper his tongue. Bill had no enemies.Bill Woffinden was an active member of the LDS church, and he loved the gospel. He was a faithful home teacher, even in his later years. He served faithfully as a bishop, in several high councils, in a branch presidency, and as a welfare clerk.Bill and Veda were blessed with four children: William L. (Thelma) Woffinden, Sharol Bangerter, Susan (Don) Stepan, and Marion (Bart) Davis.Bill outlived all his siblings: Phyllis, Hope, Walter and Bob. He was preceded in death by his son, Bill Woffinden, Jr. , and three grandsons, Gregg, Matt, and Cameron. Bill had fifteen grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren.Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 at the Idaho Falls Woodruff LDS 2nd Ward (1660 12th Street). The family will visit with friends on Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home (273 North Ridge Avenue) and on Wednesday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15,2011. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.