Robert Leon Tonge, age 74, of Vernal, died May 30, 1998 in Vernal.

He was born November 7, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Peter Tonge, Jr. and Hannah Elizabeth Jackson Tonge, the youngest of 11 children. He married Rose Edna Hansen and they had one daughter, Connie Kay; they were later divorced. He married Valeria Jean Pierce August 10, 1950 and they were later divorced. He was in the Unites States Navy and later in the United States Army during World War II.The brightest spot in his life were his grandchildren. "He spoiled us."

He is survived by daughters, Sherrie Lee Gardner (Sam), Vernal; Elizabeth Jean Brown (Jim), Milpitas, CA; Dorthey (Dot) Mae Tanase (Mark), Las Vegas, NV; two sisters, Jennette Ione Dunkin, and Cordelia Coonradt, both of Salt Lake City; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Friday, June 5, 1998, 11 a.m. at Thomson's Vernal Mortuary, friends may call Thursday 7-9 p.m. and Friday one hour prior to service. Burial, Maeser Fairview Cemetery with full military honors by the American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to the American Lung Association of Utah, 1930 So. 1100 East, SLC, UT 84106.

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