Keith Melvin Oborn1929 ~ 2012Keith Melvin Oborn, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and helping friend to so many, passed away unexpectedly January 3, 2012, at home. He was born September 4, 1929 in Tooele, Utah to Henry Melvin Oborn and Charlotte Warner Oborn. At 4 years of age, his mother passed away and he was raised in the home of his maternal grandparents, John and Karen H. Warner, where he learned hard work and sacrifice for others. In Tooele, he met his high school sweetheart, Ruth Bennett, and they were married August 18, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. He received an associate degree from Utah State University in refrigeration and air conditioning, but accepted an opportunity to work in the grocery business. He owned and operated a neighborhood store, O.P. Skaggs, in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City for over 32 years where his outgoing disposition and concern for others led to many cherished friendships. He particularly had a soft spot in his heart for the many widows to whom he delivered groceries. His compassion and desire to help others was evident throughout his life, including his service as a Bishop of the LDS Church, where his unique talents and down to earth attitude lifted and blessed the lives of many. He most recently served as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple. He often said "my wants are simple, my needs are simple". This selfless attitude was truly felt by his family who knew by word and deed that they were deeply loved by him and that he loved the Lord. We are grateful for the legacy of his example. He was fun to be around and had a special relationship with each grandchild.He is survived by his wife Ruth, children Maureen (and Dee) Brereton, Leon (and Karen), Glenn (and Norine), Brian, daughter-in-law Debbie, brother Neldon (and Alitze), 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Brent (husband to Debbie), and daughter-in-law Karen Lynn (wife to Brian) and brothers Ray and Reed Oborn.A viewing will be held Friday, January 6, 2012 from 6 to 8 pm at the Cannon Third Ward, 1301 South 1200 West, Salt Lake City. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 11 am at the same location with a viewing from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be made at www.memorialutah.com.
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