Theodore Veale
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Reverend Theodore Ervin Veale, local minister for the Disciples of Christ denomination of the Christian Church for over three-quarters of a century, was received into his heavenly home Wednesday, January 1, 2014. "Brother Veale," as he was known, was born on March 18, 1915 in Franklin, Indiana. He passed peacefully at the age of 98 with family members at his side. He was preceded in death by his parents Theodore Ellis and Clara Mae (Whitacre) Veale; wife Joan Anderson Veale of San Antonio; children Violet Veale Vickery of Panama City, Florida and James Gilbert Veale of San Antonio; siblings Edna, Violet, Ellis, Bob, and Paul, all of the Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is survived by children Theodore Ervin Veale II, John Robert Veale (Dorothy Vick Veale), Joan Elaine Laufman, M.D. (Steven Paul Laufman), Stephen Allan Veale (Angela Rushing Veale), and Judith Evelyn Meals, all of San Antonio. He also leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Veale; numerous nieces and nephews . Brother Veale responded to the call into Christian ministry after the death of his older sister Violet in 1937. He graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1940 and accepted an offer to preach at the First Christian Church of Harlingen, Texas in 1941. There he met his future wife, Joan Anderson of Bristow, Oklahoma. They married in 1942 and over their 64 years of marriage together raised seven children and opened their home to many foster children. He founded Marbach Christian Church in 1965 and ultimately ministered at six churches in the San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley area, including the historic Little Church of La Villita. His love for the pulpit was still evident at age 98 as he continued to lead four bible studies each week from his home and in area retirement centers. Brother Veale was a member of University United Methodist Church and the Slater Class. His ministry included innumerable weddings, funerals, and pastoral calls, but also service through other venues such as Director of Christian Family Camp in Center Point, Texas; professor at International Bible College in San Antonio; and great supporter of many local programs for the needy. He has written over a dozen books of Christian poetry and was a lifelong scholar of the Book of Revelation. But perhaps his most effective ministry was that of daily compassion for the needy, grieved, and infirmed. This ministry was quietly demonstrated through small, selfless acts of kindness and generosity that brought hope and joy to countless individuals across the city. His ministry epitomized Jesus' exhortation that, ". whatever you have done for the least of my brothers and sisters, you have done for me."

Visitation will be on Monday, January 6, 2014 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North. The Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at University United Methodist Church, 5084 De Zavala Rd., preceded by visitation beginning at 9:00 A.M. A reception will immediately follow at the Church. The interment will then follow at Mission Burial Park South. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to University United Methodist Church, the National Kidney Foundation or the Epilepsy Foundation. You may sign the on-line guestbook at under the obituary section.

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Published in San Antonio Express-News from Jan. 2 to Jan. 5, 2014.
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January 18, 2014
Brother Veale was a mighty spiritual warrior in God's army, the most mighty that I ever knew. He touched, mentored, and led countless souls to Christ. He raised me as a small child briefly when my parents could not. He always had time for anyone in need and helped them walk down God's path. He married my wife, Brenda and I 15 years ago. He passed away on our anniversary. He was such good close friends to Brenda and I as well as my parents and grandparents and we will never forget the legacy that Brother Veale left behind. We love you Brother Veale and we'll see you in heaven when we get there. I know his mansion will be one of the nicest ones there.
David Hefner
January 16, 2014
I met Brother Veale when I went to the viewing for his son, James Veale. In that brief encounter, I got a sense of his love and warmth; it became clear to me how his son turned out to be such a wonderful person. My sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
Yvonne Lozano
January 10, 2014
Words can not express how much Brother Veale will be missed here on earth, but oh my ...what a joyous celebration taking place in heaven as a truly favorite son comes home!!! Brother Veale married me and my husband, Kenneth Harrison, 36 years ago and he told us "when I marry people,it sticks" and how right he was!!!
Brother Veale was our Spiritual Leader at Marbach Christian Church and thru his actions,taught us so much about loving God and serving God by serving others . He will always have a special place in the hearts of the Huey Calvin Lee Family.
We love you Brother Veale!
Debra Lee- Harrison
January 9, 2014
I knew Bro. Veale through a course in pastoral ministry he taught at IBC. His kind heart was evident from day one. He remains an example to me of a true pastor's heart. Through him I was encouraged to memorize the psalms and always enjoyed his recitation of the psalms in class. I still have one of his books of poetry and learned from him the blessing of poetry.
David Peterson
January 9, 2014
Brother Veale was a professor of mine at IBC. His kindness and gentle spirit were a true inspiration to me. He will be missed...
Debby Dugger
January 8, 2014
Brother Veale was a truly great man. I know his reward is great in heaven. I was a member of Marbach Christian Church. He baptized me in the middle of the afternoon in September 1975. He lead me on many exciting prayer adventures for the needy. I'm one of the thousands he touched with much love and compassion. My prayers are with his family.
Juanita Lopez
January 6, 2014
Brother Veale was a wonderful man who will live on in our hearts. He made a lasting impact on our family, and will be missed deeply. We pray that the family will experience God's fullest comfort and peace in this time of sorrow. May The Lord hold you all close to His heart as He carries you through this sad time. Dr. Douglas P. Lamb and Joan Lamb, Midland Texas.
January 6, 2014
Brother Veale was certainly a "light" in our lives & our family. His wisdom in our pre-marriage counseling still rings true today. He has been there for us as well as so many other's through all of these years.

God Bless his family, he leaves a Godly legacy,
Richard & Sandy Mechler &
Ruth Legnon
Sandy Mechler
January 6, 2014
We were deeply saddened to learn of Rev. Veale's passing. He was a true man of God and practiced what he preached. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him. Our prayers go out to his family at this sad time.
CAMP Board of Directors and Staff.
January 6, 2014
We, here at CAMP, are deeply saddened by the passing of Rev. Veale. He was a true man of great faith and practiced what he preached. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to his family during this sad time.
CAMP Board of Directors and Staff.
January 5, 2014
Bro. Veale was a great Biblet teacher, friend and encouragement to my father the last 4 years at The Madison. His faithfulness and love to the residents was evident every week as he met with them sharing his love for the Lord, his stories and his poetry. They will miss him greatly but were blessed by having him in their lives.
(Writen at the request of my father.)
Charles Hankins
January 5, 2014
Rev. Veale was a true man of God. He has ministered to me though many years. He was a wonderful man and friend. I will miss him.
Cora Crist
January 5, 2014
The Reams family sends our love to all the family of this dear saint of God. His influence was far and wide through the various churches and outreach ministries he affiliated with. Our days at Family Camp are some of my fondest memories of the boys' growing up years. Over the past few days, I have wondered often where our family would be spiritually if "Bro" and Joan had not been in our lives. Very big shoes to fill here!
Charlene Reams Manning
January 3, 2014
What a true servant of The Lord ! He had such a gentle and sweet wisdom. I first met him while he was pastor at Marbach Christian Church and I worked for the YMCA. I our paths crossed again when he began teaching Bible studies at The Madison Retirement Community. He will be truly missed by many but rest in the faith that he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior. My condolences to the family.
Pamela Power
January 3, 2014
It is with heartfelt love we send our prayers and thoughts to the Veale family in the loss of our special friend. We treasure the time that we worked with Brother Veale in the early 80's. He is truly "our pastor" and we thank God for his memory.
Lester/Eleanor Heinzman
January 3, 2014
Joani, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your father. I know of the love you had for your mom and dad. You were such an inspiration to me when I lost my mom. May prayers and faith and knowing you're loved carry you through this difficult time, and lead you to perfect peace.
January 2, 2014
I have very cherished memories of Bro. Veale. He has been in my life since I was a little girl. I am so thankful that God blessed my family with Bro. Veale's love, kindness and wisdom! He will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to his family. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time.
Carrie Rios
January 2, 2014
I only knew him through his children, however, I felt privileged to be in his presence. He reflected a gentleness and goodness that will stay with me for a long time.
Rita Stuart
January 2, 2014
Joan, Ted, John, Steven and Judie, Sorry to hear about your father. He was a good man. He helped me and my family. I am really sorry to see him go. But I realize that he is now with our father in heaven and Jesus and the ones we lost here on earth. My prayers are with you and your families.
Kathy Welker Fuller
January 2, 2014
I was a little girl when we first met Rev Veale and attended his church for yrs.R.I.P you were a very wonderful Rev in the eyes of our lord, and many friends.
Ida (Yates) Froats
January 2, 2014
I have very sweet memories of a very sweet and patient gentleman, who patiently put up with a pair knuckleheads like Jim and I! I rejoice greatly in his home-going and look forward to seeing him and Jim very shortly!
Steve Mauldin
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