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Stillman Jacob Harding will celebrate his 95th birthday at an open house held in his honor Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Willard Ward Meetinghouse, 80 N. 100 West, Willard.

Stillman was born Oct. 24, 1918 at home in Willard, to Benjamin Dwight and Ettye Isabelle Dayley Harding. He married Madalynne Fae Cook on Jan. 7, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple. Madalynne died in 2004.

Stillman worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) before serving in World War II, first with the Utah National Guard then in the Army Air Force as a pilot. He was wounded on a bombing run and was awarded the Purple Heart and spent the next 13 months in hospitals. After the war, he worked for the Federal Aviation Agency living in Salt Lake, Bountiful, and Washington D.C. He retired from the FAA in 1971 and moved his family back to Utah where he worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints editing department until retiring. He and Madalynne built their “dream house” on a portion of the original family farm in Willard where he currently resides. Stillman is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many callings. He currently serves as the Young Men’s Secretary in his ward. He is also active in community affairs and completed the CERT training a few years ago.

Stillman and Madalynne had eight children; Jaelynne (Kent) Hathaway, Ricc Harding, Lynette Harding (deceased), Marilyn (Jim) Stephens, Sheralyn (Pete) Barger, Karalyn (Lynn) Dummer, Lynae Harding and Robert (Lisa) Harding. They have 29 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. Come help us celebrate this Saturday. No presents please – just your presence!
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