Funeral services for Alfred Atherley Partner will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Bishop Larry Yarbrough will officiate. Interment will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. The Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75 will be conducting a military graveside service. Visitation is today, Oct. 30,at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m.
Al was born on Oct. 28, 1923, in Henrieville, Utah to Alfred George and Annie (Atherley) Partner. He passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. He was 77.
Al joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and served four years in combat on Marianas Island during World War II. Upon his return, Al married his sweetheart Beth Norton in Panguitch, Utah on Feb. 18, 1946. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 17, 1949. To this union were born seven children. The family has been completed with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Alfred operated his upholstery business for over 50 years. He loved to work on and restore furniture. He resided in this beautiful area for 30 years. He loved the mountains, his family and delighted in taking children and grandchildren on picnics and hunting trips. On these outings he would point out the beauty of Colorado to them. Al loved his family and was a great example of integrity, which was an integral part of his character.
Surviving Al are his wife, Beth Partner of Dolores.; children, Kathleen (Jerry) O’Brien of Gilbert, Ariz., Sybil (Vince) Carrillo of Glendale, Ariz., Anna (Thomas Noble) Hansen of St. Johns, Ariz., Diane Partner of Valencia, Calif., Dona A. (Patricia) Partner of Baring, Wash., and Karl Taylor (Leila) Partner of Cortland, Virg.; and his sister, Velma Barlow and her husband of Layton, Utah. Also surviving Al are his 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, one half-sister and three half-brothers.
Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.