Feb. 17, 1920 – Feb. 21, 2013
Funeral services for Walter Jay McNiven were held Feb. 25 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Burlington. Walter Jay died Feb. 21 at his daughter’s home in Lovell.
He was born Feb. 17, 1920, in Burlington, the seventh of nine children of James Robert and Nellie Elizabeth Hibbert McNiven. He grew up and received his education in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in 1938.
He attended the University of Wyoming for one year and then returned home to assume the full responsibility for the family farming operation in Burlington.
He married Emma Helen Peterson June 6, 1944, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. He and Emma raised their four children with a strong work ethic and family loyalty. He farmed for the next 45 years before turning the farm over to his three sons.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held several positions in the church.
He dearly loved his wife Emma, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and passed to them a rich heritage and legacy of faith in God and remaining true to the faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Sylvia Nielson, Jim, Sarah, Beth, Vera, Marr Murphy and John.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Emma; his children and their spouses, Rodney Jay and Kathy McNiven, Harry Robert and Pamela McNiven and Leonard Don and Delsa McNiven, all of Burlington, and Brent and Helen Darlene McNiven Moncur of Lovell; one sister, Ruth M. Fillerup of Orem, Utah; 23 grandchildren and 82 great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Burlington Cemetery.