Harold Lloyd Ealey
Harold Lloyd Ealey passed away peacefully July 6, 2012 in Nephi, Utah. He was born April 4, 1935 in Smeaton, Saskatchewan, Canada to Gordon Harold Ealey and Myrtle Lillian Whitrow. Sadly, his life was changed forever with the death of his mother when he was only 7 years old.
Harold met the LDS missionaries and was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ in 1961. He knew immediately that the gospel was something he had been looking for all his life. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1961. Through the missionaries he was introduced to his sweetheart, Marilyn Ostler. They soon realized that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together but wanted to be married in the temple. Special permission was granted by Pres. David O. McKay for Harold and Marilyn to be married in the Logan Temple on August 8, 1962 only 8 months after Harold was baptized. They were married for 49 years. Marilyn passed away in February 2012; just six months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Harold held many jobs throughout his life including working as a logger in the forests of Canada, working at the rubber plant in Nephi, and as a janitor at the Nephi Stake Center. The job he loved most of all was being a long-haul truck driver. Harold began this career working for Tidwell Trucking then moved on to owner/operator and finally retired from Dick Simon Trucking. He and Marilyn were able to visit almost every state in the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico. No matter where he was, whether home or on the road, everything stopped at noon to listen to Paul Harvey.
When Harold wasn't on the road he had two main passions: genealogy and temple work. Harold spent countless hours doing research and making phone calls to newly discovered family members. He loved going to the Manti Temple and made this part of his weekly schedule for many years.
Harold is survived by his six children: Ki (Lauri) Ealey, Afton, Wyoming; Ann (Matt) Shumway Elk Ridge; Lan Ealey, Price; Lex (Brooke) Ealey, Santa Clara; Jim (Marcia) Ealey, Salem; Sue Ealey, Nephi; 27 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Alvin and Edwin Ealey and sister Gladys Anderson all of British Columbia, Canada; step sisters Simone and Margaret, Canada. Harold was preceded in death by his wife Marilyn, great grandson Marcus Jackman and brother Frank Ealey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in the Nephi 2nd Ward, 222 South 100 East. A viewing was held Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, 94 West 300 North and one hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Nephi City Cemetery.