LITCHFIELDPosted: January 17th, 2013
RULON LITCHFIELD, beloved husband of Arlene, passed away peacefully at Saint Michaels in Lethbridge on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the age of 82.
Rulon married Enid Arlene (Champney) March 3rd 1962 in the Cardston, Alberta Temple. They recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with their entire family in Park City, Utah.
Rulon, the son of Ernest and Minnie Litchfield, grew up in Raymond, AB. After high school he continued his education at BYU and Utah State receiving advanced degrees including a PhD in Education Administration.
He spent most of his life as an educator, first at CCH Hawaii (BYU) as a college professor and later at Medicine Hat College until his retirement in 1995.
Rulon was a faithful servant in the LDS church; mission to England, Stake missionary in Calgary, Branch President and Bishop in Pincher Creek, High Councilman in the Taber Stake, Bishops counselor and Bishop in Medicine Hat, and Ward Employment Specialist. He and his wife later served a mission for the Stake in that same capacity.
Rulon loved swimming and spent most noon hours doing laps. He also played racquetball, enjoyed gardening and was a voracious reader. He loved teaching and enjoyed a happy retirement which included volunteer teaching assignments in Ukraine & Russia, extensive traveling, visiting his grandchildren, and cruising with his wife. He was a kind, caring man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Rulon is survived by his wife, Arlene of Lethbridge, AB; Children – Wade, (London) Litchfield, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Karen Litchfield of Coconut Creek, Florida; Renee (Alan) Christensen of Bakersfield, California; Siblings, Jody (Jim – deceased) Winterton of Provo, Utah; Roy (Sue) Litchfield of Magrath, AB; Gerald (Velma) Litchfield of Raymond, AB; Maureen (Bob) Baird of Anaheim Hills, CA; Grandchildren – Emmaleigh (Jayson), Tanner, Chloe, Kevin, (Fran), Jessica, Haley, Jaime, Erin, Dallin, Brayden and 2 Great Grandchildren, Megan and Lucca Sofia.
The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 12:00 noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lethbridge East Stake Centre, 4105 Forestry Avenue South, Lethbridge, with Matt Sommerfeldt officiating.
Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 11:00 to 11:40 a.m.
Interment in the Orton Cemetery, Orton, Alberta.
Dear Arlene & Family – we are so sorry to hear of Rulon’s passing. I was just thinking of you two when Stewart & I were in Lethbridge in December. I’m glad you mentioned swimming as that brings back the memory of seeing Rulon faithfully walking up the court to go to the Leisure Centre most every day. I also had him as a Professor when I attended the college even before we were neighbours so I have those memories too. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. With sympathy, Coleen, Stewart, Colton & Leanne Boxell
My condolences to you and your family I had Mr. Litchfield as a Professor at the College. My thoughts and prayers are with you.