Read Hemmert Putnam, 95, of Spanish Fork, Utah, passed away at home on April 8, 2014, after receiving years of loving care given by his son Joe. He was born July 10, 1918, in Woodruff, Utah, to Joseph Putnam and Emily Gertrude Read Putnam. He married Genevieve Bryant in the Salt Lake City Temple on June 26, 1942. They spent most of their married life in Evanston.
Read served an LDS mission in Texas and Louisiana during 1939-1941. He was inducted into the Army and served from 1943 to 1946 in India during World War II. While in the army he traveled around the world in the belly of a troop transport ship. He expressed his great joy and reverence for the United States when he sailed into New York harbor and saw the Statue of Liberty.
He worked hard all his life to support his family as a blacksmith, mine mechanic, and custodian. He served in several bishoprics in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was an avid genealogist, compiling many volumes of research.
He is survived by his children; Greg (Becky) Putnam, Marsha (Gerry) Williams, Joe Putnam, and Nancy (Craig) Byington; 17 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Genevieve and his grandson Wyatt Byington.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m. at the Walker Family Funeral Home, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork, Utah. A viewing will be held from 10 10:45 that morning at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Evanston, cemetery following the funeral.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com.