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Obituary: VeLoy Hansen Butterfield

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Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend, VeLoy Hansen Butterfield, peacefully returned to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father and was reunited with his eternal companion, Ruth, Friday the 13th of July, 2001, at the age of 87. He was surrounded by his loved ones as he passed away from the cancer which claimed his mortal life.

He was also born Friday the 13th, Feb 1914, into the loving home of Joseph James and Dora Caroline Petersen Butterfield, Riverton, UT. VeLoy was the youngest of seven children. He was only three years old when his father was killed in a farming accident, leaving his widowed mother to raise nine children, including two orphaned cousins.

He married his sweetheart, Ruth Tebbs, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple Feb 9, 1939. VeLoy was the devoted father of five children, VeLoy H., Jr., "Vee" (Diane), Jill Halliday (David), Pat Webb (Craig), Carolyn Call (Joe), Valeri Stoddart (Kent). He was very proud of his 24 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren (with another due this month).

He graduated from Jordan High School in Sandy, UT and then continued his education at LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. His professional career began with employment in the U.S. Forest Service in Panguitch, UT (where he met Ruth), followed by the U.S. Grazing Service in Fillmore, UT. VeLoy served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Texas, California and Utah. After returning to the Grazing Service in Fillmore, he was then employed by Liberty Fuel in Salt Lake City, UT as corporate secretary and purchasing agent. He retired in 1976 as a loan officer and Utah economic development manager for the Small Business Administration in Salt Lake City, UT.

A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, VeLoy has a strong testimony exemplified by a lifetime of service. His callings included ward and stake dance director (with Ruth), YMMIA president, Sunday School superintendent, seventy, ward clerk, counselor in two bishoprics, bishop, and high councilor in two different stakes. He and Ruth were called to serve a temple mission in the Washington D. C. Temple, where he was a supervisor, and for nearly a decade as ordinance workers in the Salt Lake Temple. He was proud of his pioneer heritage and served as president of the Sons of Utah Pioneers.

He was a "do-it-yourself" craftsman and devoted much of his discretionary time to remodeling his home and building a four-plex apartment house. He was a hard worker and enjoyed seeing the fruit of his labor as he improved the surroundings for his family and renters. His motto was: "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right."

He was an avid fisherman and especially loved fishing the streams of Southern Utah. He is remembered and loved for his quick wit and gregarious disposition.

VeLoy is survived by all five children and spouses; a brother, Elias; and a sister-in-law, Jenalee (Joseph). He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three brothers, Joseph, Arnold, Almon; two sisters, Dora Grace Callicott, Mildred Smith; cousins Blayne and Cleo Petersen; one grandson, Cory Call; and one great-grandson, Ammon Whiting.

The family expresses appreciation for the tender loving care VeLoy and Ruth received at Salt Lake Home, Bountiful House, and by Hospice workers.

Services will be Thurs. July 19, 2001, at the LDS 33rd Ward chapel, 453 S. 1100 E, in Salt Lake City. Friends and family are invited to a viewing 6-8 p.m. Wed. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and at the church Thurs. 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to services.