|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1927|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 2013|
Bruce R Lovell
A Life Well Lived
Oak City, UT-
Bruce R Lovell, age 86, passed away peacefully, Friday, December 27, 2013, at 8:11 am at Delta Hospital, Delta, Utah. Born July 17, 1927, in Oak City, to Reed and Zella Lovell.
Attended Oak City Elementary and graduated Delta High School in 1945. In high school, he served as Senior Class Vice-President, and played on DHS basketball team that took the State Championship in 1945. He earned All-State Honorable Mention.
Drafted into U.S. Army in 1945, and served in Korea at end of World War II until 1947.
On Nov 14, 1947, married LouJean Johnson of Holden in the Manti Temple. Two months later, was called to the Texas-Louisiana Mission where he served from Jan. 1948 to Jan. 1950. Married men could serve a mission without their wives in those days. Bruce and LouJean had four children: Debra Lee, Karen, Leslie Bruce and William Austin. LouJean passed away Feb 7, 1959.On Nov 11, 1961, Bruce married Veniece LaVonne Vent of Santa Barbara, California, in the Manti Temple. They have celebrated 52 years of marriage.
Employment included 19 years at Roper Lumber (later Church Lumber); and in 1969 began 23 years at Brush Wellman, retiring as a Foreman in 1992.
Bruce and Veniece served two missions to the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission, (1993-1995 and 1997-1999). They have a great love for the Argentine people and enjoyed their missions very much. Bruce has a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has served in many positions in the LDS Church, including Bishop of the Oak City Ward for 5 years (1976-1981) before it was divided into two wards, High Councilman in the Delta, Utah Stake (1967-1976), Counselor to two Bishops, YMMIA President, Stake Sports Director, High Priests Group Leader, Stake Missionary, and his latest service was indexing over 140,000 names in the LDS Indexing program.
He enjoyed politics and served as an Oak City Town Board Councilman, and three terms as Oak City Mayor. During his tenures, the sidewalks and telephone system were installed. Served as a Millard County Commissioner from 1967-1971, being was instrumental in the paving of the McCornick Road. Bruce loved sports of all kinds and was an avid BYU football and basketball fan. Annual season tickets to the BYU football games were enjoyed with his wife, until this year, when Bruce's health kept them at home watching the games on TV.
Bruce's recent hobbies were coin collecting and Indexing. When he was younger, he was very active in sports. He was a great catcher in baseball, and won many trophies and tournaments in bowling, horseshoes and Rook. He and Veniece loved to play cards with their grandchildren - these were some of their closest, most enjoyable moments with them. Deer hunting was another of Bruce's loves - being together with his sons, grandsons and relatives in the Oak City mountains and retelling the stories after.
In 2003, Bruce and Veniece moved to Provo, where Veniece returned to BYU and obtained her B.A. degree in 2007. Bruce was very supportive of her efforts and they made many wonderful friendships there. They returned to live in Oak City on November 15, 2013. Nowhere would ever be "home" to Bruce except Oak City.
Survived by his wife: Veniece; three children: Debra Lee Lopez (Juan), Leslie Bruce Lovell (Lynette) both of Oak City; and William Austin Lovell (Julie) of Sutherland. They have 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren who are the treasures of his life.
Preceded in death by his first wife: LouJean; parents; two brothers: Neil and Dan; and a daughter: Karen Lovell Finlinson (Cordell).
Funeral: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013, at 1:00 pm in Oak City LDS Chapel, 35 E Center. Viewings: Monday, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Nickle Mortuary, 190 S Center, Delta; and Tuesday, 11:30-12:40, at the church. Interment in the Oak City
Reed Lovell (1902 - 1983)
Zella Marinda Nielson Lovell (1895 - 1992)
Lou Jean Johnson Lovell (1927 - 1959)
Bruce R. Lovell (1927 - 2013)
Neil William Lovell (1929 - 1951)*
Dan Edmund Lovell (1932 - 1932)*
Oak City Cemetery
Created by: Trina
Record added: Dec 29, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 122414495
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