Robert Rumel Child, 53, prominent member and Salt Lake building contractor, died August 4, in a Salt Lake City hospital after a lingering illness.

Former director of the Associated General Contractors of America, Mr. Child has built hospitals, and industrial plants throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado. He was formerly employed as director of maintenance for the Granite School District and director of Cottonwood & Cove, Inc.

A devoted church worker, Mr. Child served on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Africa and held numerous other stake and ward positions including of the Tenth Ward of Park Stake and the first bishop of Monument Park Ninth Ward.

He was prominent in the activities of the Rotary Club and the Delta Phi Kappa and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternities in addition to the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.

Scion of a prominent family, Mr. Child was born Aug. 12, 1916, a son of Bp. Thomas B. Child and Bertha Rumel Child.

Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Carol Jane and one son, Thomas Robert, both of Salt Lake City; two sisters, Mrs. Lucile C. Higgs and Mrs. Joan C. Cederlof, both of Salt Lake City.

The funeral was held August 8 in the Monument Park 15th LDS Ward and burial was in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

This originally appeared in the November/December issue of Pioneer Magazine
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