ST. GEORGE - On September 5, 2008, on the eve of his 90th birthday, our Dad's big, generous heart gave out and he returned to our Father in Heaven. By his side, taking care of his every need, just as she has done for the last 68 years, was our wonderful Mother, Ada.
Our Dad, Verl I. Alldredge was born September 6, 1918 in Mesquite, Nevada. He was the youngest child of Isaac and Delila VanLeuven Alldredge. The family moved to Delta, from there to St. George for a few months before moving to a homestead in Mt. Trumbull, Arizona. The Strip was home for the next fifteen years. Dad loved Mt. Trumbull and the Arizona Strip and wanted to share this love with everyone. One of his dreams came true when he bought a 15 passenger van, which he equipped with a sound system so he could take groups out to Mt. Trumbull and tell them stories all the way. On his overnight trips, he also cooked a Dutch-oven dinner for them. Because of his love for the land and it's history he was pleased to be part of the Mt. Trumbull School House Restoration project and worked hard to see it completed.
After the Alldredge family moved to St. George, he began writing to a young lady, Ada Helen Nelson, in Bluewater New Mexico. The Nelson family moved to St. George a year later and the families were back-fence neighbors. That make courting easy, just hop over the fence. On June 21, 1940, Mom and Dad were married in the St. George Temple.
One of their favorite activities was dancing, a love they've had all their lives. They joined a square dance club, the "Calico and Jeans" and enjoyed dancing weekly and going to Jamborees. Mom, being a excellent seamstress, made their square dance clothes. Another thing they were able to do was travel with a group of friends to Fiddling Contests in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and California. A fun time with friends and good music.
Dad had a lot of personality, he enjoyed people and people enjoyed him. He loved a good joke but often couldn't get to the punch line because he was laughing so hard. He was fun to be around and was always a kid at heart. He loved to leg wrestle his grandchildren, and beat them, even when he was in his 80's.
Dad worked many years for Rocky Mountain Produce Co., driving both local routes and long distance to Los Angeles. Later he worked for Hiland Dairy and eventually bought the route delivering both to the homes and the stores. After he sold his route and retired, he went to work at Snow's Grocery Store and then at the Dixie Center, where he worked until he retired again at the age of 87.
Dad has been a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving wherever asked; including counselor in the bishopric, High Priest Group Leader and a faithful Home Teacher until his release in August 2008. He also served in the Baptistry of the temple for 30 years. His last day on duty was August 5, 2008. His unofficial calling was that of Dutch-oven Cook for the ward.
Dad loved our Mom and his family, working hard, long days to provide for our well-fare. But more importantly, he along with Mom, taught us to be reliable, honest people who loved the Lord as he did. He lived what he believed, and was never afraid to express his beliefs. He taught his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by word and by example, to follow the prophet, keep the commandments and stay out of debt. He also taught us that although he didn't have much, he always had enough to help someone in need, most often without their knowing where it came from.
Dad is survived by the love of his life, Mom, Ada, four sons, Jerry (Gerri), Michael (Cindy), Dennis (Rae Ann), Alan (Rinda), and four daughters, Darlene (Gale) Larsen, Elma Jean (Jay) May, Evonne (Burton) Johnson and Nancy (David) Thompson, 52 grandchildren, 107 great-grandchildren and six more on the way.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Irvin and Dee and three sisters, Arritta, died at birth, Nora and Lurie, one half sister, Mae and half brothers Azer, Marion, Levi, Myron and Elden, two granddaughters Arlene and Carlene Johnson, one great-grandson, Joshua Larsen, and great-granddaughter, Teagan Skye Walker.
Funeral services will be held Monday, September 8, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., at the St. George LDS 2nd Ward Chapel, 166 South Main, St. George, Utah. A viewing will be held Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 W. St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah and again on Monday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the chapel prior to services. Please view the Metcalf website at www.metcalfmortuary.comfor condolences and full funeral listings.As a family, we would like to thank Dr. Rignell for his kind and loving care of Dad over the years. We would also like to thank our Hospice workers, Bob and Kelly for their help this last week.
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