Wilton J Lindberg, age 97, passed peacefully through heaven’s gate Thursday morning, July 11, 2019 in Osmond surrounded by his daughters and wonderful caregivers.
Wilton was born November 15, 1921 in Afton, Wyoming to Ethel Laura Olson and Axel Justus Lindberg. He was the 5th of eight children and was raised on the current family ranch in Osmond. Wilton attended six grades in Osmond and 7th-12thin Afton. They traveled to school in a white top- covered wagon and sleigh with a small wood-burning stove in it to keep warm. Wilton was excited to attend Star Valley High School where he competed in boxing for 4 years. He graduated from High School and LDS Seminary in 1940 and in June 1941 he met Vonavee Kent They were married September 3, 1942 in the Logan LDS Temple. The war was in full swing at that time. In March 1944, Wilton was drafted into the Navy and entered Signal Service School at Great Lakes, Illinois. He received orders to the island of Guam where he worked on a 125 foot signal tower. He delighted his family and friends often with his knowledge and good memory of Morse code. On April 4, 1946, he received an honorable discharge at Bremerton Washington and came home to his beautiful wife and daughter.
Upon entering the valley and seeing the beautiful mountains Wilton knew this was the place he wanted to stay, raise his family and work the land. On December 7, 1954 Vonavee passed away from a heart condition and Wilton was left to raise their two daughters. In 1957 Wilton married Norma Robinson Taylor and a new chapter began. Norma and her 3 children blended the two families into one and in 1959 another daughter was born.
Wilton continued to work his farm along with helping others around the valley with their crops, taking on carpentry jobs and then working several years at the Star Valley Lumber Mill. He enjoyed and learned much from each job and for the service he was able to provide others. Wilton was an icon and mentor in the farming and dairy community. He had a wealth of knowledge and years of experience producing some of the best dairy cattle and crops around. Farmers would ask his advice on many issues as they knew that Wilton would always have the answers to help them out. He loved farming and had a great love and respect for the land and for his animals.
Wilton is a member of the Osmond LDS Ward where he several callings including Ward Clerk in the Bishopric. Wilton was diligent and hardworking yet had a great sense of humor and a love of music. He entertained visitors with his renditions on the accordion and harmonica until the last few days of his life. He truly loved his family and left his posterity a great legacy. He was a great example of honesty, and integrity.
Wilton is preceded in death by both wives, Vonavee and Norma, his daughters Carolyn Dana and Irene Price, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is survived by his children: Jackie Lowry (Wendell, Jed Taylor(Jan), son in law Clark Price (Irene), Sherry Lindberg and Laurie Mignano (Mike); 20 Grandchildren, 45 Great-grandchildren and 5 Great-great-grandchildren.