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Obituary for Vern De Vere “Dee” Wilcox

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Vern De Vere “Dee” Wilcox

January 22, 1929 - January 4, 2013

VERN DE VERE (DEE) WILCOX Ogden- Dee Wilcox passed away on January 4, 2013, at this home in Ogden, Utah. He is free again. Free to walk, run, jump and climb; no longer burdened by limping and wheelchairs. He has completed his earthly mission and our Father in Heaven has called him home. He was born on January 22, 1929, in Fielding, Utah to A. LaVern and Ina Petersen Wilcox and was raised in Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. He attended Ogden City Schools and graduated from Ogden High School in 1948. He also graduated from Weber College with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration and Brigham Young University with a Bachelor Degree in Governmental Accounting and Finance. On June 6, 1953, he married Elaine Stevens in Ogden, Utah. Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on November 11, 1956. Dee began his career in 1955 as Weber County Chief Deputy Auditor, followed by five consecutive terms as the Weber County Auditor and several years as Financial Manager of the Utah Retirement Systems before his retirement in 1985. Being an active democrat, he was a past treasurer of the Weber County Democratic Party and had been a delegate to both county and state conventions for many years. He was also active in civic and professional capacities, including past membership in the Ogden Junior Chamber of Commerce, Ogden Lions Club International, Business Manager of the local summer musical “All Faces West”, past president of the Ogden Municipal Employees Credit Union Board of Directors, past member of the Utah Public Employees Association Board of Directors, Utah Retirement Systems Board of Directors, National Association of County Treasurers and Finance Officers Board of Directors and National Steering Committee on Taxation and Finance, served three consecutive terms on the Ogden City School Board and the Ogden/Weber Applied Technology College Board of Directors. As a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dee served in several callings, including Ward Home Teacher, Counselor in the YMMIA, Deacon’s Quorum Advisor, Finance Clerk in two separate wards, Stake High Councilor, Stake Auditor for two different stakes, Sunday School Teacher, Ward High Priest Group Leader and Gospel Doctrine Instructor. His family was the light in his life and he left them a legacy of love, devotion, and an unwavering testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is survived by this loving and dedicated wife Elaine; children, Mitch (Jeri) Wilcox, Ogden; Holly (Mark) Allen, Washington Terrace; Nancy (Steve) Baker, Centerville; Heidi (Steve) Carruth, Riverdale; Shelley Winger Roberts, Ogden; 20 grandchildren 32 great-grandchildren. His 20 grandchildren, of which 12 are married: Fara Ann and Nathan Putnam, Nathan Mitchell and Camille Wilcox, Amy and Michael Hadley, Jason Mark and Aubrey Allen, Tiffany and Jacob Smith, Mandy and Jacob Tobin, Amber and Gordon Larsen, Jennifer and Todd Russon, Blake William and Kristen Carruth, Daniel Steven and Elizabeth Baker, Stacey and Danny Byington and Ryan Joseph and Shannon Wilcox. Eight are single, Jacob Dee Baker, Benjamin Joseph Baker, Nickolas Dee Wilcox, Luke Andrew Winger, Jeffrey Mark Winger, Alyssa Ann Baker, Noah Wilcox Baker (deceased), and Elizabeth Elaine Roberts.He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Noah W. Baker, a sister, Jean Wilcox Vaughn and a son-in-law, Mark A. Winger.Funeral will be held Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th Street, Ogden. Friends may visit with family on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary and Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 am.


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Date: Friday, January 11, 2013

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Friday, January 11, 2013

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Date: Friday, January 11, 2013

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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Born: January 22, 1929
Died: January 4, 2013

Condolences for Vern De Vere “Dee” Wilcox

Brenda Ruffier posted on 1/15/13

Mitch and Holly,I am so sorry about your dad passing. He was a lovely man who loved his family, and was loved by his family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.Take care,Brenda


Frank J. Telford posted on 1/11/13

Mitch & Jeri,I'm sorry about Dee. I have known him for many years. This is late, but I hope you receive it. I was unable to come to his viewing. Vern was our home teacher when we lived on swaner place. I enjoyed serving with you in the Mount Ogden Ward. As it has been said Dee is well and he will be doing great. This is the second time I tried to send something, and I hope this will reach you as I guess the otlher one didn't go through. We wish you the best Mitch.As EverFrank & Nulda


Todd Cary Cummings posted on 1/11/13

Hello Wilcox Family:We are so very sorry to hear of Dee's passing.Very fond memories come to mind when thinking about our growing up days and visits to the Wilcox home, from Hot Wheels, to golf, to basketball, and all the rest.We appreciate your friendship and association very much.The Gospel plan is helpful and reassuring.Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Warmest Wishes and Regards,The Cummings


Glen Saunders posted on 1/10/13

Many fond memories of my friendship with Dee and Jean when we lived as neighbors for many years on 21st Street and attended school together crossed my mind as I read of his passing. We all admired Dee for the way he handled his 'limping' and moved on to accomplish so much good in his life. With sympathy, Glen Saunders, Clinton, Utah


Lynn J Wood posted on 1/9/13

Dee and I became good friends while serving on the Ogden School Board. Dee was a strong advocate for children. He could be counted on under the most intense and stressful challenges. I enjoyed his sense of humor. Whenever it is baseball season, and the Yankees are making a run, I think of Dee. He loved his family and his community and gave a lot back.Lynn J Wood