Mormon leader memorialized at public funeral

Published on October 06, 2017 at 02:07PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leader Robert D. Hales is being remembered as quick-witted, wise and devoted church servant at a funeral in Salt Lake City.

Fellow Mormon leader Russell M. Nelson said Friday before 2,500 people in attendance that Hales’ “wisdom, insight and influence” will be missed.

The 85-year-old Hales died Sunday from complications related to his age. He is the fourth top leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to die in the last three years.

Hales was a member of a top church governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1994 and served in lower-tier church panels for two decades before that.

The New York City native was a fighter pilot in the Air Force and business executive before going to help guide the church.