Beloved Ogden mortician Richard Myers has died

Thursday , March 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

JANAE FRANCIS, Standard-Examiner Staff

NORTH OGDEN — You didn’t have to be anybody special to feel special around Richard Myers.

That’s how Myers is being described this week by those who knew him. The North Ogden man died last week at age 84.

Known by many for his wide-ranging interests and endeavors, he is remembered most as a businessman and president of Myers Mortuary and Cremation Services. 

One of his best lifetime friends, Nate Tanner, described Myers as the “consummate” funeral director.

“He was quiet, dignified and genteel,” Tanner said. “But he was a cowboy at heart.”

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Myers was a past chairman of the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo who counted a big Irish setter and a palomino horse among his best friends, Tanner said. “He was quite the man.”

As evidence of Myers’ cowboy heart, he was an annual participant in the Bison Roundup at Antelope Island for many years. “He wouldn’t miss that,” Tanner said.

Tanner also described Myers as a great intellect, recalling him purchasing early editions of the “world’s greatest” books and delving into them. He said Myers had read most of the world’s great authors by the time he was 30.

Described as a self-made man, Myers started in the funeral home business when he was “struggling to make it,” Tanner said.

“He came out of the  Army and took that little business his father started and turned it into a real business,” Tanner said.

Despite his struggles, Tanner said Myers made time for a social life. He and Tanner, along with Roy Nelson and Joe Florence, were known for 60 years as “The Fearsome Foursome.” They were together, along with their wives, each week for about 60 years, Tanner said.

Noted businessman Alan Hall said Myers was a noble mentor and a steady presence in the area.

“I really looked at him as one of the great servant leaders of our community,” Hall said. “He was very focused on people.”

Myers influenced Weber County in business, the community and at church, Hall said, “just about every way you could think of.”

He was part of a cadre who built Weber County to what it is, Hall said. Myers’ service included time as a Northern Utah spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; he held many church callings, including bishop, high councilman and in the stake presidency. He was president of the Utah Funeral Directors Association

Describing Myers as “a man without guile,” Hall said he treated others with respect, no matter who they were.

Scott Parkinson, who was president of the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce in the early 1990s said Myers was chairman of the chamber just before Parkinson’s appointment as president.

“He would become an important mentor helping me in my new role,” Parkinson said. “Richard was always watching out for people.”

Administrative assistants at Myers’ business said he mentored them in the same manner.

“He was always very concerned about me and my life,” said Becky McBride. “He cared abut his employees and tried to make sure they were taken care of. He would tell me funny stories about when he first got started.”

“He was so kind and nice with families,” Claire Dowdy added. “Even after he retired, people would come in and ask for him.”

Linda L Pollock-Wells was one who experienced Myers’ compassion for people in their time of grief.

“When my son's father died, he really was so kind,” she said. “When he asked you how you were, he really wanted to know. He was such a good, good man. ... He would always ask me for a hug.”

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the North Ogden Stake Center, 626 E. 2600 North, North Ogden.

A viewing will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. and Saturday at the stake center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook at facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis. 

 

 

 

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