Wendell Blackburn Cheney, 71-years-old, passed peacefully away Friday, April 19, 1991 in Kaysville, at the home of his son, Howard following a lingering illness.
He was born April 8, 1920 in Sunnydell (now Archer), Idaho, a son of Clarence M. and Alice Leal Blackburn Cheney. He attended elementary school in Archer and graduated from Pocatello High School in 1938. He served an LDS mission to the East Central States, 1941-42, serving in North Carolina West the entire 18 months. In 1942, he was drafted and served in the 11th Airborne Glider Infantry. While serving in the Southwest Pacific, he transferred to the Paratrooper Artillery serving in Leyte, Luzon, the Philippines and New Guinea, and going into Japan with the occupation troops. In 1946 he married Sarah L. Howard in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.They lived in Logan seven years, during which time he received BS and MS degrees in English and Speech, from the Utah State Agricultural College in 1950 and 1953 respectively. Wendell taught school at Wilson and Adams Elementary in Logan, and Wasatch High in Heber City. In 1953, the family moved to California, living in Azusa, Pomona, and Colton. While in California, he taught school at Durate and Ontario elementary schools, and also worked at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California. Due to an R.I.F. action there he was transferred to Hill Air Force Base in 1962, where he worked until his retirement in 1976. After retiring from Hill AFB, he worked at ZCMI for a short time, and until recently, worked for Data Resources in Layton.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Wendell has served in many capacities including twice in the presidency of the Seventy, two different bishoprics, on the High Council, and as bishop of the Kaysville 8th LDS Ward. He and his wife served an LDS Mission to the Oklahoma, Tulsa Mission from 1977 to 1979, serving in Lamar, Missouri for 18 months. Most recently, he and Sarah have served as membership locaters and worked in the Ogden LDS Temple.
Survivors include his wife of Kaysville; one son, Howard W. and wife Louise of Kaysville; two daughters, Carla-Rae and husband Eldon E. Perry of Fruitheights; and Carol-Joy and husband Nyle B. Smith of Portland, Oregon; and 17 grandchildren; also surviving are two brothers and five sisters, Elva and husband Lynn Dewey of St. George; U. Stirling and wife Kinney Cheney of Provo; Miriam and husband Albert Johnson of Centerville; Gerald and wife Donna Cheney of Ammon, Idaho; Alice and husband Norman Johnson of Payson; Vera and husband Wallace Eugene Duffin of Hemet, Calif.; and Rheta and husband Edward Griffith of Weston, Idaho.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., in the Kaysville 2nd North LDS Chapel, 875 East 200 North. Friends may call at the Lindquiest's Kaysville Mortuary, 400 North Main, Tuesday, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.
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