Elden Bruce Westenskow

November 8, 1936- July 25, 2018

WestenskowBruceCropBruce was born on November 8, 1936 in Moroni, Utah to his loving parents, Grace Blackham and Elden P. Westenskow. He has two sisters; Joyce (Karl) Armstrong and Mary Louise (Ease) (John) Hall. Bruce attended Moroni High School, where he was student body President, and participated in FFA. He graduated high school and seminary in 1955. He served a full-time mission for the LDS church in the California mission from June 1957-1959. He attended Snow College and received his Associates degree with an emphasis in Science. He married his sweetheart Joyce Aagard on May 6, 1960 in the Manti Temple. They had five children; Lewis, Ruth (Allen) Shepherd, Marie (Chad) Shepherd, John Elden (Adrienne) Westenskow and Mathew. He spent his life working on the Turkey farm alongside his dad and his sons, and they also farmed and raised cattle. He received the Grower of the Year award many, many times throughout his lifetime for the lowest turkey mortality rate. He served in the National Guard Springville Engineering Unit and was called to serve active duty in 1961-1962 during the Berlin Crisis. He held many church callings including ward clerk and counselor in the bishopric. He loved to go fishing, hunting and camping. He enjoyed spending time with family and was an excellent cook. He was known for his kindness, gratitude, contagious laugh and endless complements. He had a way of making everyone feel like they were his “favorite.” Dad’s whole world was Mom. His day began when he talked to her, and his day ended when he talked to her. He was constantly thinking about her. When we would complement him, he would be quick to point out that it was really Mom and would go on and on about all of her good qualities. He was always modest and reserved about himself. We all knew without a doubt what he thought of Mom and how much he loved her. She was his calm and his rock, and we as siblings will always appreciate his example of love and devotion. He was very loved by all the amazing nurses and therapists who met him and cared for him, and he truly loved them in return. He and his family will be forever grateful for the loving care of him and for us as a family at the Highland Care Center, the Stonehenge of Springville, and especially the Mervyn Sharp Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson prior to his death. He is survived by his wife, children, thirteen grandchildren and twelve and a half great grandchildren. He also leaves behind numerous treasured friends who he loved and who blessed his life to the very end. He and Joyce had open hearts and open doors to numerous others, that they loved and considered family as well. Santi & Rachael & Family, Haydee & Tonio & Family, and Arturo & Lily & Family. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son Lewis. A viewing will be held on Monday July 30, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Moroni church and Tuesday July 31, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at the Moroni Stake Center, 82 North Center Street in Moroni. Online condolence at rasmussenmortuary.com

6 Responses to “Elden Bruce Westenskow”

  1. Connie Ames says:

    Sending my LOVE & SYMPATHY to Joyce and your family. What a great guy your husband was. May you be comforted and blessed in the days ahead. It is sooooo HARD to let those we love move on before us. However, I do believe that they are close beside us and very near. Just wish we could see & talk to them, and receive a much needed hug once in awhile. May God be with you until that HAPPY DAY when you are again reunited.

  2. Earl & Leslie Clark says:

    Dear Joyce and family, Please know of our love and sympathy for you during this tender time. May you feel peach and comfort from Heavenly Father.

  3. Scott & Liz Rasmussen says:

    Joyce, we were so sad to hear of Bruce’s passing! We love you both so much and are so grateful for your friendship and service! Best Neighbors Ever!

  4. Deon Gubler says:

    My condolences to you and all your family. I was able to know Bruce as I served with him in the California mission during the 1957-58 time frame. I wish I could have known where he was living to have been able to visit him. He was such a wonderful missionary and such a nice person to know. I know our Heavenly Father has many blessings awaiting him.

  5. Curt and Maureen Lund says:

    Joyce and Family,
    Sending you our love at this difficult time. May you be comforted by the memories you have of Bruce. We love you and you are in our prayers!!

  6. Teresa Hone says:

    Dear Westenskow family. I was so sad to hear of the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. I have many memories of you and our families through the years. He was such a gentle giant. A good man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I send my love to all.