|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1893|
|Death: ||Feb. 24, 1985|
Santa Clara County
John Casper Bruce was born 7 April 1893 in Holway Township, near Medford, Taylor County, Wisconsin, one of eight children of Henry Ryerson and Augusta Henrietta (Wagner) Bruce. He died, age 91, at San Jose, Santa Clara County, California on 24 Feb 1985.
At an early age he joined the US Army and was a machine gunner with "Black Jack" Pershing in Mexico chasing Poncho Villa where he jumped off his mule during an ambush and broke both ankles. Discharged home to heal, he attempted to re-enlist when WW I broke out, but had to wait three months until the ankles healed completely. He served in the 119th Machine Gun Battalion, 32nd (Red Arrow) Division, and was wounded twice and gassed once. He was a member of the American Legion from it's inception in 1919.
He married Myrle I White, June 23, 1921. They had five children, but their first daughter died at birth. The couple operated the Ford Agency in Phillips, Wisconsin until their move to California during WW II. After the war, John sold farm machinery until he retired due to cancer. He was a survivor for 31 more years. His wife died in 1971.
John is survived by his children, daughter, Beverly J Isenberg, Gilroy CA; sons, Robert John Bruce of Colfax, CA, and Kenneth R. Bruce, San Jose CA; daughter, Janet M. Nelson of Weimar, CA; twelve grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; two sisters, Florence Hansen of Vallejo, CA, and Alice Menzel of Stevens Point, WI; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his wife; two sisters; three brothers; and two half-brothers.
Funeral and burial Wednesday, February 27, 1985, at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Contributions preferred to Visiting Nurses Association, 2216 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA.
Henry Ryerson Bruce (1852 - 1939)
Augusta Henriette Wagner Bruce (1869 - 1974)
Myrle Irene White Bruce (1896 - 1971)*
Eugene W. Bruce (1879 - 1940)**
Mark E. Bruce (1881 - 1902)**
Estella May Bruce Nelson (1887 - 1983)*
David M Bruce (1889 - 1963)*
Nathan Clevington Bruce (1891 - 1965)*
John Casper Bruce (1893 - 1985)
Florence C. Bruce Hansen (1895 - 1986)*
Alice R. Bruce Menzel (1898 - 2003)*
Elmer Henry Bruce (1905 - 1907)*
Oak Hill Memorial Park
Santa Clara County
Created by: El Memorializer
Record added: Jan 13, 2011
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