“My Eternal Companion”\nMelvin Richard Keding was born on September 17, 1931 to Elon and Ellen Keding. He died June 30, 2008 due to complications from cancer. He was the devoted husband of Gertrude (Trudy) Richardson for 54 years; married in the Salt Lake Temple. Mel courageously fought the fight against cancer in hopes that he could continue to be with his wife, whom he always tenderly watched out for.\nMel was the manager of Holladay Lumber & Hardware Company.\nHe was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed serving in the Salt Lake Temple as a temple worker, and he served a mission to Micronesia Guam and Tonga with his wife in 2001-2002.\nHe was the loving father of three daughters, Sylvia (Douglas) Wendel; Linda (Russell) Lindeman, and Jeanny (Von) Gordon; special grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; an older brother, Leon Tracy; and his grandson, Declan.\nFuneral services will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 10 AM at the Cottonwood Acres Ward located at 981 E. Revere Circle (5555 South). A viewing will be held on Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 So. State St., and from 9-9:45 AM prior to the services on Thursday at the church. Interment: Murray City Cemetery.