Richard was born Oct. 30, 1928 in Ogden, Utah to John Henry and Minnie Vanderwoude Noorlander. Richard’s family moved to Huntsville and after high school Richard joined the U.S. Navy for two years, then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Holland, where his parents were born. When he returned he went back to the navy for another two years.
Richard married JoAnn McBride and had a daughter, Susan. They later divorced. He then married Jo Ann Hunt and they had Kary, Craig, and Rudy. That marriage also ended in divorce. In 1994 he married Ivy Thompson and loved all her children as if they were his own, and helped raise their grandson, Derick Thompson.
Richard was a disabled veteran but managed to do many things in his life. Richard was an artist doing things like making an eagle holding a fish in its claws out of moose antlers. He built a rock wall on the driveway hill, built a fish pond, and on a trip back from Florida, stopped by a pond and got some lily pads to put them in his fish pond. Richard loved to visit his family and always had a grandchild with him. The littlest ones he carried on his shoulders.
He is survived by his wife Ivy, his four children, Susan Rukavina, Kary (Cory) Lyman, Craig (Chris) Noorlander and Rudy Noorlander; six step-children, Rick (Cindy) Thompson, Valerie O’Brien, Pam Jackson, Valoie (Jay) Leetham, Valden (Claudia) Thompson and Chad (Amy) Thompson; two sisters, Jean Clark and Carol Smith; a brother, Blaine Noorlander; 42 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, Joyce Elaine, John Henry Jr., Donald Jay and Stanley; and a stepson, Brian Thompson.
Funeral Services were held Monday Jan. 29, 2018 at the Moab LDS Stake Center. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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