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Ned B. Roueché Ned B. (Bardeane) Roueché

1934 - living

  • Born 1934 Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Baptized as a child; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Mission to Mexico 1954-1957
  • Married JoAnn Sheffield 1958, Salt Lake Temple; five children
  • Bishop, Counselor in Stake Presidency
  • President of Venezuela Barcelona Mission 1994-1997
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1998-2005

    This biographical sketch adapted from the "News of the Church: Elder Ned B. Roueché of the Seventy in the Ensign, May 1998 on the occasion of Elder Roueché's Call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

    Growing up on a farm in Kaysville, Utah, taught young Ned Roueché (pronounced Roo-SHAY), born on 5 August 1934, how to work. His parents were less active during his childhood years, but one night Ned, who enjoyed ballroom dancing, was asked to help with a floor show at an MIA dance. “I went on a Tuesday night and decided to go to church on Sunday. I began attending and never quit,” he recalls. A year later his bishop called him on a mission at the age of 21. “I knew it was the right thing to do,” he says.

    After serving a mission in Mexico, Ned married JoAnn Sheffield in the Salt Lake Temple in 1958 and studied engineering at the University of Utah. After the birth of the third of their five children, he interviewed with IBM and knew he wanted to join the company. Following one more year of schooling at Weber State College in electronics engineering, he began his 31-year career in field engineering with IBM.

    During those years he dedicated his hours out of the office to his wife—whom he describes as being a support and inspiration—and to his family, to the community, and to the Church. He served as bishop of the Kaysville First Ward and then the Sixth Ward and later served nearly 10 years as a counselor in a stake presidency. He likes people and recalls a conversation he had while fishing with a less-active friend, who said to him, “Whatever you have, I want.” It proved a turning point in his friend’s life. “I’ve enjoyed feeling directed as I’ve worked with people,” he says. “And I’m happy that I’ve always been ready and willing to serve the Lord.”

    Upon his release from the stake presidency, he worked with Varsity Scouts for a four-year period, during which time he retired from IBM. “It was good preparation,” he admits, for his calling to serve as president of the Venezuela Barcelona Mission, where he served from 1994 to 1997.

    Of his call to the Seventy, Elder Roueché says, “My wife and I enjoy serving the Lord. I have gained a deep testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, the Lord’s living prophets, and the Savior, our Redeemer, and His restored Church, which continually blesses our lives.”

    On October 1, 2005, a grateful Church, assembled in General Conference, extended an honorable release from the Second Quorum of the Seventy to Elder Ned B. Roueché, and with raised hands, gave him a vote of thanks for services long and honorably rendered.

   "News of the Church: Elder Ned B. Roueché...," Ensign, May 1998
   2005 Church Almanac, p.45
   "New Leaders of the Seventy Sustained; Eleven General Authorities Released," Church News Release, Oct. 1, 2005

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