1921 ~ 2016
One of the Greats of that Greatest Generation has flown into history. Jack LeRoy Tueller, Col. USAF Ret., died August 15, 2016 in Bountiful, Utah. He was born January 28, 1921 to Percival and Augusta Snow Tueller in Evanston, WY. He married his college sweetheart and fellow BYU Cougar band trumpet player, Marjorie Rogers, March 17, 1942 in the Mesa LDS Temple. They were married for 69 years.
He served his country heroically during WWII as a fighter pilot, flying over 100 missions in his P-47 Thunderbolt over Europe, including the D-Day invasion and other key battles. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous other campaign and air medals. Jack made the USAF his career, serving in the Korean and Viet Nam wars, Missiles and Space Command at the Pentagon, and Strategic Air Command headquarters. After retiring from the Air Force with the rank of colonel, he became vice-president of two engineering firms. Jack served faithfully in numerous church callings throughout his life, but especially in youth programs. Many of the youth he served, now as older adults, recall the significant influence he made in their lives, many of which were life changing. Jack and Marjorie served as church service missionaries for fifteen years.
Jack continued to play his trumpet throughout his life. In his later years, he found great joy in making music and sharing the lessons he had learned in life with others, speaking and playing at many events. He has been featured on local and national news, parades, TV documentaries, National Public Radio, CNN, and Music and the Spoken Word with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Some of his life stories have been incorporated into school curriculum materials. His children and grandchildren consider him their hero.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, parents, four brothers, and one granddaughter. He is survived by his six children: Rosanne (Norman) Nielsen, Carolyn Markwith, Sharman Tueller, Janine Tueller Mickelson, Shayne (Pam) Tueller, and Stephen (Camille) Tueller, twenty-six beloved grandchildren and twenty-nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Canyon Park Ward, 1190 E. Bountiful Hills Drive, Bountiful, UT. Visitations will be held at the church the evening before, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and 10:00-11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service at 12 Noon.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the LDS Church General Missionary Fund. Online condolences at www.serenityfhs.com
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Published by Deseret News on Aug. 18, 2016.