Ross Viehweg

Ross Viehweg

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There will be a live stream of Ross service on Wednesday July 15 at 11:00 am. Just go to and click watch live webcast. If you can't watch it live, the stream will be available to watch on Ross' obituary page shortly after.

Ross Gordon Viehweg Born 11 Aug 1928 Salt Lake City, UT of English, German, and Danish ancestry, Ross was the son of John Edward Viehweg and Keren Martha Coombs Viehweg. He spent his early years in Salt Lake City, later moving to Idaho. He excelled in track, football and academic studies at Malad High School, and at BYU High School, and Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Ross played football for BYU and was an avid fan and season ticket holder for over 40 years.

He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brazil from 1948 to 1950 when that mission covered the entire nation, thus helping in laying the groundwork for the many missions blessing the lives of Brazilians there today. Ross was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1951 at Fort Douglas, UT and was processed at Fort Ord, CA. He took basic training at Camp Roberts, CA. Graduating from Officers Candidate School as a Second Lieutenant at Fort Benning, GA, he served at Ft. Devens, MA, Camp Drum, NY, and as cadet trainer in ordinance at West Point Military Academy, NY. After his discharge as a First Lieutenant from the Army, he attended Rice University in Houston, Texas studying Architecture.

On military furlough in NYC in 1952 Ross met Luna Joy Viehweg, at the Manhattan LDS Ward, renewing an acquaintance from six years past at BYU. They were married Dec. 30, 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They enjoyed residing in Houston, Texas until 1959, then moving to Provo, UT to pursue his field of Architecture.

Ross established Ross G. Viehweg and Associates working as an architect in Provo and Orem until age 91, creating beautiful buildings to the delight of many clients. He also taught at Brigham Young University in the College of Family Living for thirty-nine years. Ross had a very creative mind and a love for color and design.
With Joy he toured Europe in 1953 for 4 months, enjoying the people, and the historical scenes and edifices in nine countries.

Ross and Joy raised four marvelous children: Lisa Ann Viehweg, Scott Anthony Viehweg (Denise), Dane Robert Viehweg, and Gina Viehweg Rich (Steve). Their wonderful grandchildren are Max Elliot Strayer, Anthony Blair Viehweg (Kathryn), Korinne Hope Viehweg, Harley Alexa Viehweg, Zoe Nicole Viehweg, Maycie Jane Viehweg, Jennifer Kennedy, Brittany Shaver, Mikayla Shay Poole (Mark), Coulson Stephen Rich (Brisa), Ashley Zegilla (Logan) Justin Miller (Liz). Their charming great granddaughters are Piper Nicole Viehweg, Quinn Ray Viehweg, and Rileigh Grace Smith.

As a longtime enthusiast of exercising for good health, Ross enjoyed the BYU physical facilities and the Orem Fitness Center for many years. Ross served in many positions in the LDS Church: Bishop of a ward of married BYU students, Bishops’ Councilors, Ward SS President, Ward Missionary, Sunday School Teacher, Stake Young Men’s President in the Houston, Texas Stake (400 miles across). He also served with Joy on a mission at the Latter-day Saints Employment Center in Provo, UT.

Our husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend was dearly loved and will be missed more than we can say.

The family would like to thank Encompass Hospice, Jared Moore, and all the extraordinary team members who cared for our dad.

Funeral services will be held at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home 646 East 800 North Orem, Ut. Viewing Tuesday July 14, 6:00-8:00 pm and Wednesday July 15, 10:00 - 10:45 am open to all. Please wear a mask. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, funeral services will be held with family and close friends.Funeral will be streamed online for all to join at, 11:00-noon July 15th. Interment is in the Orem City Cemetery.
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    Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Walker Sanderson Funeral Home
    646 East 800 North
    Orem, UT 84097
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Tim Nielsen

Posted at 01:55pm
Ross was my "Treasured Mentor". Under his direction.. I took Environmental Design classes at BYU in the fall of 1970.....and of course he had me sign up for all of the classes he taught over the next 2 years. The last Semester of his 400 Architecture Class, only 2 students signed up. He told us he would not be coming in to campus to teach....instead, we were to come into his office in 10 hours of class time...he would then pay us $2.50 / hr (twice minimum wage) for every hour after that! We thought we had gone to be paid to go to school for something we loved! With his tutelage, he let us design an Apartment Complex that semester! He encouraged me to return home after graduating and go to an accredited school of Architecture (ASU)
....which I did in 1975. I have had a successful career in Architecture and Construction ever since! He was an extrodinary man!
I loved every experience he taught and mentored us on!...he will never be forgotten. Tim Nielsen, BYU Environmental Design,1972 Graduate,

Karla Nielson

Posted at 12:57am
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Ross Viehweg. We loved him dearly as a BYU peer in the Design Department and a member of our ward for many years. His happy countenance and enthusiasm for life and for good design endeared him to us. We have missed Ross since he and Joy moved from the Lakeridge 8th ward. We pray for Joy and your family to be comforted in his passing. With love, Karla and Asa Nielson

Bob and Lynda Westover

Posted at 02:14pm
Ross and Joy were members of our ward (Pleasant View 3rd Ward) many years ago. They were a wonderful contribution to our ward as they shared their talents and willingness to strengthen the ward. They both had a wonderful spirit about them. Everyone loved them. After they moved to Orem I often saw Ross at the BYU Gym. It was always a pleasure to visit with him. He was always so friendly and positive. I have missed him and will continue to. Our love and condolences to Joy and their family,

Bob and Lynda Westover
Bob and Lynda Westover

Jay and Janet Todd

Posted at 01:43pm
Ross was truly an effervescent soul, giving happiness, good cheer, and joy to all around him! To know Ross was to love him, cherish him. Can't wait to see him in the Spirit World whenever that time comes. And wishing the best of everything to Joy and all the family. Jay and Janet Todd

Betsy Norris Banzen

Posted at 12:55pm
I am sorry for your loss. I never personally met Ross and Joy but Joy and I interacted for years while working on family history. Joy is my second cousin.

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