Obituary: UNICEROBERT

Published: Monday, July 28 2014 3:23 p.m. MDT

Robert Charles (Popsie) Unice1928 ~ 2012Robert Charles Unice (Popsie) died peacefully midmorning on April 4, 2012 at home with his family by his side. Age slowly took him from us and, in the natural course of events, returned him to the God he loves so dearly. He died a valiant warrior in this battle for souls with no regrets.Popsie was born on May 13, 1928 in Houston, Texas to Lebanese immigrant parents. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) as a young man in Houston. He remained a devout member of the LDS Church throughout the rest of his life. He graduated from BYU with a BS in Chemistry. His senior year at BYU he met the love of his life, his wife and eternal companion, Phyllis Christensen at a dance. As they danced he said "You fit (perfectly in my arms)!" She thought it was a poor come on, but it worked! He married her in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on June 2, 1952. They lived in Houston for 10 years, started their family and then returned to Salt Lake City where they raised four sons while Popsie worked for Hercules Aerospace as a chemist. Later he became certified as a Safety Engineer and continued his employment at Hercules until he retired. In addition to his work at Hercules, he always dreamed of teaching and became the first person in the state of Utah to earn a teaching certificate going to night school. He taught night classes in math and chemistry at West High School in Salt Lake City. Pops loved life, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, woodworking, auto mechanics and John Wayne movies. He enjoyed U.S. History and, Texan to the core, he spent many weekends reenacting 1840s U.S. history; indeed, he attended more mountain man rendezvous' than Jim Bridger. He loved America,its Constitution and all it represents. He was a shooting enthusiast, spending many fun hours at the range with his boys and grandchildren. He was known for his kindness, conversational charm, and great stories. Charity was an integral part of his life with Phyllis both to his family and others. His home seemed a revolving door for those who needed help. He had an immense capacity to love and forgive. His LDS church service included 18 years in a bishopric, a service mission with his sweetheart and weekly temple work. All his children including his sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren adore him.He is survived by the love of his life, Phyllis, sons Robbie; John (Barbara); Kyle (Michelle); and Scott (Jana) along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and dear friends.His life will be celebrated in a funeral service on Monday, April 16th, at 10:30 am at the Hillcrest 8th Ward Chapel located at 1035 South 800 East, Orem Utah. Viewings will be held Sunday evening, April 15th, 6 - 8 pm at Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State Street, Orem, Utah and Monday, April 16th, 9:00 - 10:15 am at the chapel prior to services. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sundbergolpinmortuary.com