Feb. 26, 1926 Boonville Cooper County Missouri, USA
Oct. 15, 2008 Normal McLean County Illinois, USA
James E. Bruce
BLOOMINGTON - James Edward Bruce, 82, of Bloomington died at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 15, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Minister Chiquita Hinkle will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded and interment of ashes will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bruce family in James' memory. Kibler-Smith Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.
James was born Feb. 26, 1926, in Booneville, Mo., a son of James Henry Bruce and Myrtle Mae Thompson Bruce. He was raised in Missouri and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. In the early '50s, James moved to Springfield, where he lived for 30 years. While in Springfield, he owned and operated B&B Garage and later Ye Olde Auto Sales.
He briefly lived in Tulsa, Okla., before coming to Bloomington in 1986, where he has been a resident since. James was a skilled mechanic for over 30 years and loved to work on cars. He also was an avid outdoorsman; enjoying fishing and camping, an avid NASCAR fan and a talented modeler, building models of cars and trucks and super-detailing them.
James' favorite interest above the others was his family, he was a loving and devoted family man. James married Mary Bentley and they later divorced. He married Barbara J. Van Note on June 6, 1989, in Bloomington. She survives to cherish his memory.
In addition to his wife, Barbara J. Bruce of Bloomington, James is survived by six daughters, Wanda Burgess of Springfield, Mildred Bolden of Springfield, Mary Elaine Meredith of Springfield, Patricia (Danny) Taylor of Springfield, Crissy (Kevin) Mayo of Sedalia, Mo., and Octavia (Henry) Powell of Eutaw, Ala.; three sons, James Beler of Minneapolis, Minn., Marcus E. Beler of Chicago, Ill., and Jordan James Bruce of Bloomington; 27 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mildred (James) Shipley of Tipton, Mo., Helen Fisher of Booneville, Mo., and Cherry (Ezell) Parks of Grandview, Mo.; three brothers, Frank (Sadie) Bruce of Booneville, Mo., Kenneth (Becky) Bruce of Kansas City, Mo., and William Henry (Adell) Bruce of Grandview, Mo. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents; both sets of grandparents; a sister, Luella Williams; a brother, Bobby Bruce; two nephews and two brothers-in-law.
Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.