Funeral services held for Springville teen who died while serving LDS Church mission

Posted at 6:09 PM, Sep 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-20 20:09:14-04

SPRINGVILLE, Utah – Funeral services were held in Springville Saturday for a teen who died while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his body was taken to the cemetery in his beloved truck rather than the traditional hearse.

Connor Thredgold and his companion--24-year-old Elder Yu Peng Xiong, a Taiwan native--died due to carbon monoxide poisoning last month, and on Saturday the 19 year old was remembered for his time in Taiwan.

Tom Mchoes spoke on behalf of Thredgold’s family: "He passed away serving the Lord, he passed away serving his fellow person, helping his fellow person, and you heard it in there,” he said. “You know, the smile on his face all the time, and you know, whenever you think about him, I think a smile will come to our face as well."

Thredgold was taken to the cemetery in his old pickup truck, which is known as Big Blue. Before his mission, Thredgold spent hours tinkering with the vehicle.