1918 ~ 2013
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"Happy is the man that hath his quiver full" (Psalms 127:5)
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Don Verle Breinholt Sr, 95, of Salt Lake City, completed his noble earthly mission August 25, 2013 at home with family.
Verle was born August 24, 1918 in Venice, Utah to wonderful parents of noble pioneer heritage, Oliver Christian and Roda Cowley Breinholt. He married his sweetheart Corry Gladys Brown Breinholt, December 17, 1941 in the Salt Lake Temple.
In 1938, Verle started an LDS mission in Denmark and was reassigned to the Southern States Mission due to Nazi aggression in Europe. He and Gladys later served in the Roanoke Virginia Mission 1986-87, and supported many other missionaries.
During WWII, Verle served as tank commander in Pattons' Third Army, involved in the invasion of Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, and liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, receiving five Battle Stars, Silver and Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
An Eagle Scout, Verle was dedicated to the principles of scouting, received the Silver Bee and Silver Beaver and other scout awards, taught hundreds of young men lifesaving and wilderness skills and to pattern their life after the Scout Oath.
Verle, loved serving the Lord, having been in two bishoprics and many other callings. He taught by precept and example, shared his testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, and recognized the Lord's blessings in his life. His gift for seeing the good in others was an inspiration to many. He was a noble steward, tending his property and garden, and shared the fruits of his labor with many.
He and Gladys felt their most precious gift was their ten children, having taught them to walk before the Lord with reverence; their greatest success was in their home. Their home was filled with the spirit where they blessed the lives of many in need. "Strangers were friends he hadn't yet met".
Verle and his brother Harvey continued the multi-family tradition of masonry, building homes, churches, etc. This was a blessing to his family and many young men who benefited from learning important life skills and values.
His love of adventure and pride for his country took their family on historical sight-seeing trips as they crossed the country to visit Southern relatives. Verle was famous for shortcuts on dirt roads and abandoned hiking trails. He and Gladys also enjoyed traveling to Europe, Scandinavia, Mexico, South America and Israel.
Survived by his wife, Gladys, children: Don (Freya); daughter-in-law Marsha; Richard (Susan); Lynn (Myrl); Wally (Beth); Marilyn (Richard Thomsen); Joan (Stan Norton); Glen (Kerry); Susan (Ray Miller); Keith (Dorothy); 53 grandchildren, 109+ great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his son Robert "Reb", parents and siblings.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00am at the Ridgedale Ward, 3400 So. 1100 E., Salt Lake City, Utah. Viewings will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 8:00 and Thursday 10:00 to 10:45 at the Ridgedale Ward. Interment at Murray City Cemetery. The family is grateful to Harmony Hospice for their compassionate care.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.jenkins-soffe.com.
Published in Deseret News from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2013