Robert V. Haedt Jr., age 88, passed away May 5, 2007 with his son Bob at his side. He was born Dec. 27, 1918, in Rapid City, S.D., to Robert V. and Mary R. Haedt. After graduating from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1940, he moved to Salt Lake City, where he met LaVon Rytting, who became his wife of 63 years.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as an ordnance officer in Canton, Ohio. After the war, he earned his MBA at UC Berkeley before returning to Salt Lake, where he developed a successful career in industrial engineering and sales.
He loved to fish, hunt and play golf, and was a founding member of both Willow Creek Country Club and Holladay Community Church. In his later years he and LaVon lived in Park City, where they discovered many new and wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife LaVon and his only brother, Roy R. Haedt, of Grand Blanc, Mich. Bob is survived by his two sons: Robert of Salt Lake City: and David of Litchfield, Conn,; his sister-in-law: Betty Haedt of Tampa, Fla.; and his two grandchildren, Olivia and MacKay Haedt, both of Litchfield.
A memorial service will be held at CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Villa chapel on Saturday, May 12, at 4:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in his memory to the Charity Care Fund, CHRISTUS St. Joseph Villa, 451 Bishop Federal Lane, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115.
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