Harold E. Vesely (1930-2021)
VESELY, HUEBNER, PARSONS
Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 7/12/2021 at 18:26:09
Our husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather, Harold E. Vesely, passed away June 25, 2021 at his home in Herriman, Utah. He had been extra strong and healthy until the last few months. In his final weeks, he was placed under the care of Hospice and passed away due to heart failure.
Harold, who was known by his family and friends as Skip, was born January 20, 1930 in Savanna, Illinois to Grace Amelia Stephan Vesely and Harold E. Vesely Sr. When he was 10, his father passed away. In 1941, Skip was injured in a serious 4th of July explosion that nearly cost him his life.
Skip graduated from Savanna High School in 1947. During World War II, at the age of 15, he became the projectionist at The Times Theater in Savanna. Later, he worked for Collis as a millwright, and as a mechanic at Huebner Brothers Chevrolet in Teeds Grove, Iowa. In 1951, he was baptized and became one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He participated in the full-time home missionary work of Jehovah's Witnesses, sharing the good news of the Kingdom. In 1953, Skip volunteered to help with construction efforts for the International Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses held at Yankee Stadium that same year. He was happy to use his acquired skills in this way.
On March 6, 1954, Skip married Suzanne Huebner. Her father, Leo Huebner, officiated at the wedding. Skip was then employed by Daufeldt and Tubbs of Davenport, Iowa, and became a fine finish carpenter. In 1955, Skip and Sue welcomed their first child, Steven Mark into this world, followed by Thomas Vance in 1958, and Matthew Lynn in 1962.
Skip had a photography business in the 1960s, Hawkeye Photo in Clinton Iowa, where he photographed many weddings. He later became a big rig operator for Consolidated Freightways out of Chicago. Skip and his family were transferred to Salt Lake City in 1971 with CF. He drove for 30 years, attaining an award for 2 million safe miles. During that time, he was able to use his carpentry talents to build his family two beautiful homes in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Skip enjoyed music, gardening, and was a life-long bible student, and a world-wide traveler. Visiting China with his wife was one of his favorite trips. He was a man of many talents and able to fix most anything. He was very generous and housed over 15 individuals spanning most of his life. Some for months, some for years. Throughout his lifetime, he volunteered to build many new Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses, including in Anchorage, Alaska, Victoria, B.C., Utah, Idaho, Iowa, and Illinois.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Suzanne, his sons, Steven Mark (Mindy), Thomas Vance (Susan), Matthew Lynn (Julie), his seven grandchildren, his nine great-grandchildren, his brothers, Stephan (Cathy) and John (Mary) Parsons of Iowa, his many nieces and nephews, and Sabrina, all of whom were precious to him. A special thank you to his three sons for the wonderful care they provided him in his last days. He died praying for the Kingdom to come when God's Will will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matt 6:10), and for all his brothers and sisters world-wide. He expressed his love for them all.
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