|Birth: ||Dec. 11, 1916|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 2005|
Donald Earl Bruce of McMinnville died of a stroke on Saturday, April 9, 2005, in Portland. He was 88. A memorial reception for family and friends will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Manor Activity Room at the Hillside Retirement Center. Interment is set for Monday, April 18, in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.
"The following obituary was published as a paid notice on April 14, 2005":
Donald Earl Bruce
Retired Navy Commander Donald Earl Bruce, 88, a Naval Aviator, died April 9, 2005, in Portland, Oregon as a result of a stroke in his home in McMinnville, Oregon, on April 4, 2005.
Cdr. Bruce was born December 11, 1916 and raised in Springfield, Ohio. The son of the late Earl George Bruce and the late Louise Marie Kramer Bruce, he was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Springfield during those early years. He attended 2 years at Whittenburg College majoring in math and chemistry and was a Pledge of ATO Fraternity. In 1936 he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and graduated with the class of 1940. Only '40 is 4.0! On August 10, 1943 he married Jeanne LaSalle Brown of Alameda, CA, in NAS Jacksonville, FL.
Cdr. Bruce began his naval career serving aboard the USS SAVANNAH. He attended Naval Flight School in New Orleans, Pensacola and Jacksonville, Florida, training in dive bombers. Duty followed with various squadrons before attending the Naval Post Graduate School at Annapolis in 1945 and subsequently graduating from MIT with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering. He had combat tours in WWII and Korea with Carrier Air Group 19 aboard USS BOXER and USS PRINCETON. He served twice with BuOrd in Washington D.C. He was Commanding Officer of VF-54 completing his career as Experimental Officer, NOTS, China Lake, CA in July 1960 when he retired. During his aviation career, he flew F4Us, F8F-Bearcats, F9F jets, and AD Skyraiders.
Cdr. Bruce spent the next 10 yrs at the Naval Warfare Research Center of Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA. Pursuing his love of the outdoors, Don enjoyed 10 years as Superintendent of Camanche Regional Park in the foothills of the California Sierras followed by final retirement in 1983 to La Contenta Golf Club, Valley Springs, CA. He and his wife moved to Hillside Retirement Community in McMinnville in 2000 to be near family where they have continued to enjoy golf, travel and many new friends and activities.
An avid outdoorsman, Cdr. Bruce enjoyed years of deer hunting, upland game bird hunting, and fly-fishing. He particularly enjoyed sharing the Sierra Mountains and Mojave Desert of California with his family. Among his interests were wood-working, reading, and golf (though his favorite partner, wife Jeanne, was the better golfer!). He loved to entertain his family and friends by breaking into song with "old favorites" especially old college and Navy fight songs. He knew all the verses and delivered them with gusto to the enjoyment of all. He enjoyed staying connected with his Naval Academy Class of ‘40 shipmates at reunions in Annapolis, Castine, Maine and the West Coast. These were always cherished highlights. Beat Army!
In addition to his wife, Jeanne, of 62 years, he is survived by his daughter Kathleen Bruce Roahen of Annapolis, MD and her husband, Capt. Jay Roahen, the son of Cdr. Bruce's childhood friend, Dan Roahen; two grandchildren, Jenny Roahen Rizzo and David C. Roahen; his son Charles Robert Bruce of Corvallis, and wife Cindy and grandchildren Shelley Bruce Milligan and Kevin R. Bruce, and one great-grandson, Kenneth Milligan IV. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Earl Bruce, Jr. and two brothers Harry and Robert. His immigrant grandfather, Andrew Bruce, arrived in Maryland in 1762 from Edinburgh, Scotland, a decendant of Robert The Bruce.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell House Hospice Center, c/o Visiting Nurse Association Foundation, P.O. Box 4484, Portland, OR 97208 or Naval Academy Alumni Association, 247 King George St., Annapolis, MD, 21401.
A Memorial Reception will be held for family and friends at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Hillside Retirement Community, Manor Activity Room in McMinnville, OR. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, California, April 18, 2005 at 3 p.m.
Jeanne B Bruce (1921 - 2015)*
Donald Earl Bruce (1945 - 1955)*
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Created by: Sheri West
Record added: Mar 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66783512