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Dr. Bruce Wayne Ueckert was born the son of Jesse Ueckert, Sr. and Opal Andricks Ueckert on Feb. 10, 1936, in Houston. 

Bruce grew up in Houston and later moved to Bellville in junior high school. In high school he was a quarterback for the Brahma football team and eventually fell in love with a cheerleader.  On May 26, 1956, Bruce married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, and wife of over 52 years, Jane Hill Fant Ueckert.

 After he graduated from high school, Bruce attended Wharton Junior College for a brief period until he realized he bled maroon and was born to be a Texas Aggie. While at Texas A&M University, he served in the United States Navy Reserve until 1961.  Bruce graduated from Texas A&M in 1958, and enrolled in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.

 In 1962, Bruce graduated and earned the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  In Bruce’s 30 years as a veterinarian in three clinics in Houston, his passion for animals found him providing care for everything from the smallest bird to the largest horse and even an occasional tiger.  No matter the financial situation of any animal’s owner, Bruce never turned down a patient.

Sports, the Aggies, Brahmas, and the great outdoors all had a special place in his heart. But, he cherished his grandchildren most of all.

Bruce and Jane returned to Bellville in 1983, and opened a hardware store in the Bell Oaks Shopping Center. He also became active in the Bellville United Methodist Church.  Bruce taught the Senior-High Sunday School Class and later taught the Seekers Sunday School Class where he saw attendance rise from eight to over 60.

He was a trustee of the Bellville United Methodist Church and past president of the Saint Mary’s Episcopal Day School.  Bruce lived a life of faith seven days a week.  Occasionally outspoken and a man of character, Bruce was not afraid to voice his opinion on what he knew to be right, and those who dealt with him knew his promises would be kept.

 Bruce was a member of the, Bellville Masonic Lodge, American Legion, Emmaus Community and a member and past president of the Austin County A&M Club. Bruce was an inspiration and “walking miracle” to those who knew him well. No matter his personal health problems, he never complained or was anything but positive. 

Bruce passed away Friday, March 20, 2009, at his home in Bellville.

He is survived by his wife Jane Hill Fant Ueckert; sons John F. Ueckert and wife, Lizbeth of Houston, and Steven Wayne Ueckert of Houston; grandchildren Matthew Ueckert, currently in Manhattan, Kansas, Haley Ueckert, Clayton Ueckert, and Hanna Ueckert, all of Houston; brother Jimmy Ueckert and wife, Linda of Marshall; nephew Jimmy Ueckert, Jr. and wife, Beverley of Marshall.

 Friends who wish may make memorial donations in Bruce’s memory to: Bellville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 188, Bellville, Texas  77418; or Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, Texas  77833; or Austin County A&M Club,  P.O. Box 561, Bellville, Texas  77418.

Serving as pallbearers: Wes Payton, B.H. Riefkohl Wendell Payton, Steve Lackey,  David Boggan, Frank Robinson.

Honorary pallbearers were John Musslewhite,  Hunter Goodwin, Ryan Payton,  Chad Payton, Robert Luhn,  Roy Golan, Trey Plumb,                                                        John Pechacek, Dr. D.W. Driscoll, Dr. Don Rochelle, Dr. Don Bosse, Ray Plumb, Jr., Don Stancell, Rudy Bubela, Gregg Williams,                              David Marek, Loyd Graham,                                                         Dean Nelson, Buck Eckermann,                                                    Mark Wood, Bobby Plumb, Sean Petty, Dr. Andy Anderson, Ken Welling, Johnny Hardin, The Seekers Class, The Methodist Men.

Memorial service was noon on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at Bellville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Stutes, officiating.

Schmidt Funeral Home of Bellville was in charge of arrangements.

Posted by Joy Neely


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