Robert (Bob) Lewis Bruce, of Upton, WY, passed away at the age of 68, on June 24, 2017, at the Vibra Hospital in Thornton, CO.
Robert was born December 18, 1948, in Broken Bow, NE, to Dosey and Lucille Bruce. Bob grew up and remained in the Sandhills/Black Hills area his whole life. He served his country two years in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and 20 years in the Army National Guard, in Guernsey, WY. Bob worked 41 years for the Burlington (BNSF) Railroad before retiring.
Bob was a cowboy who loved his family and devoted much of his time running the 4H/High School Rodeo circuit with his gang of girls, Heather, Lu, and Tami, training and competing with the horses. If you ever talked to Bob more than two minutes and said horse, you would know he loved his horses. Whether you wanted to hear the horses’ pedigrees or not, you were informed of the full blood line. He loved working the cows, riding horses and fixing fence, whether on his place, or friends and neighbors. As a grandfather, he delighted in Tonya and Erin’s activities and accomplishments, and every chance he had he drove to Nebraska to watch.
Bob loved the Lord and was a member of the Light House Assembly of God Church in Upton for the past 15 years. He loved his church family, the adult Sunday school class, bible study and had a great compassion for the youth and the Royal Ranges.
Bob is survived by his three children; son, Brent Bruce of Kearney, NE; daughters, Heather (Stan) Daniels, of Dalton, NE, and Lucinda Bruce of Durango, CO; granddaughters, Tonya and Erin Daniels of Dalton, NE; mother, Lucille Bruce; and sister, Marie Wade of Seneca, NE; three brothers, Norman (Donna) Bruce of Robinson, IL, Ronald (Patty) Bruce of Upton, WY, and Eugene Bruce of Norfolk, NE; and many nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins, church family, and friends. He was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents; father, Joseph Dosey Bruce; and nephew, Norman D. Miles Bruce.
A Memorial Service will be held on July 1, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at the Community Center, in Upton, WY. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com