Our beloved husband, daddy, grandfather and friend, Richard Thomas Banks, age 87, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 16, 2012, surrounded by the love of his wife and family, who were the light of his life.
Richard was born September 10, 1925, in Spanish Fork, Utah, to John Delbert Banks and Mary Sophia Jex Banks. He graduated Spanish Fork High School; then served his country during WWII, steadfastly enduring time as a POW.
On January 14, 1948, in the Manti Temple, he married his eternal sweetheart, Margie Ann Ivie. They raised their seven children in Spanish Fork, where as a young husband, he worked as a meat cutter. Later, Richard worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years as a mail carrier, ending his career as Postmaster of the Salem Post Office. He was a well-known and favorite “postman.”
Richard was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a bishop and at the MTC as a service missionary. He loved people and quickly made friends with anyone he talked to. He loved to teach the gospel to anyone who would listen. His love, influence and devoted service to his fellow man cannot be measured. He was an active member of the American Legion, having served as Chaplain and Post Commander. He always felt it a privilege to participate in military rites at the cemeteries honoring his fellow veterans.
Richard enjoyed fishing and delighted in yard sales. He loved to garden and could grow anything. Most of all, Richard loved his family, his country, and his religion. He was a loving patriarch and a living example of what he preached. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Margie Ann; seven children: Jimmy Banks, Susan (Dave) Oyler, Vickie (Ron) Mecham, Nancy (Ed) Christopherson, Michael (Kisha) Banks, Roger (Kathy) Banks, and Deanne (Todd) Gordon; as well as 36 grandchildren and 98 great-grandchildren. Also survived by a brother, Ray Banks; and a sister, Annie Ewell. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, and a grandson, Joshua Banks.
The family expresses deepest thanks and gratitude to all those who cared for him in recent times.
Funeral services for Richard will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the new LDS Fourth Ward Church at 353 East 400 North, Spanish Fork. There will be a viewing for family and friends on Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012, from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main, Spanish Fork; and also at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Following services, interment, with full military rites, will be at Spanish Fork City Cemetery.