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Bruce Kay Veibell


1934 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Bruce Kay Veibell Obituary
Our mighty oak has fallen.
Bruce Kay Veibell was born at home on his family's farm in Cornish, Cache County, Utah. He passed away on August 21, 2017 in Taylorsville, Salt Lake County, Utah.
He arrived on a hot day on August 29, 1934, to Peter Martin Veibell and Sorine Christine Hansen. He was the ninth of 10 children born to loving Danish parents. His father died when he was only five years old, and his strong, hardworking mother managed all the children and the farm and was successful in getting most of the children college educated. He was smart and dedicated and earned a scholarship to Utah State University. Bruce graduated with a bachelor of science in education and taught band and choral music. He later earned a master's degree in counseling from Idaho State University. During college he was in the ROTC, as well as every musical group that needed a sousaphone player (tuba).
He loved working with the students and making music exciting for them. He expected a lot and got great performances in return. When his marching band hit the street, he wanted "fire and dash." They did a fast high step with halftime-like routines and played catchy music in parades. Blisters, awards, confidence and pride were the by-products.
Bruce served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years and was Unit Commander of Company C 321st Engineer Battalion in Pocatello, Idaho. He was also appointed to be the liaison officer for West Point Academy for the state of Idaho by the U.S. Pentagon. He retired from the Army with the rank of Major.
He worked hard and always had extra jobs to support his family on his teacher's salary. He married Rosellen Sorensen in the Logan, Utah, temple and they had four children: Kathy (Dallan Purser), Scott (Kaylene Hardy), Michelle (Nathan Jones) and Todd (Nadine Molling). After Rosellen's passing in 2005, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he later met and married Betty Jarvis Paul. He really enjoyed living in Salt Lake with more access to theatre, concerts and dining. He and Betty traveled and enjoyed the arts together.
He had 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Both of his sons and all of his grandsons earned the Eagle Scout Rank.
He served in the community, not only with his award-winning marching band, but also on the board for the Eastern Idaho State Fair, cooking the annual Dutch oven dinner to raise money for scouting, directing school plays and more. He also served in many capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Probably his favorite calling was that of Regional Music Chairman. During that time, he put together several regional choirs over the years that rehearsed for months to present Handel's Messiah to the community.
After his retirement, his passion and drive turned to family history and genealogy. For many years, he worked with his siblings and their spouses to compile their personal stories, and he researched his ancestors' histories. He published more than 25 histories and prepared thousands of names for work in the temple.
Services will be held at the LDS River Ridge 8th Ward Chapel on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10 a.m., 1409 W. Shields Lane, South Jordan, UT 84095. Friends may also call on Friday Evening from 6-8 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the family cemetery in Cornish, Utah at 3 p.m.
Published in The Morning News on Aug. 26, 2017
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