Carl Vernon Bruce, Sr

Carl Vernon Bruce, Sr

Birth
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, USA
Death 30 Oct 2009 (aged 95)
Indiana, USA
Burial Providence, Webster County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 43781289 · View Source
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Carl was born on April 9, 1914, in Cairo, Ill., and was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah James and Nellie (Eakins) Bruce, his brother, Adrian Bruce, and his sister, Annalee (Bruce) Lee. He spent most of his youth in Cairo, where he graduated from high school in 1932 and began his career in hardware at Woodward Hardware. He moved to Evansville in 1936 to join Ohio Valley Hardware, where he served for fifty years, reaching the level of first vice president. He acted as the toy buyer for Ohio Valley for many years, and often called himself "Santa Claus," buying toys in New York City and delivering them to Evansville.

Carl's greatest achievement in life was his seventy-year marriage to Nellie (Fugate) Bruce who preceded him in death in 2008. Together they had four children, twelve grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. They lived in Evansville since their marriage in 1937; they traveled all over the world and lived an amazing, loving, full life together.

Carl, also known as "Granddaddy," was a man of honor and respect. He took great pride in his service to the community through the Welborn Baptist Hospital Board, the Salvation Army and the Hadi Temple, where he was appointed Potentate in 1969. He was recognized for his service with multiple awards and honors; he recently said that he took the most pride in his receipt of the Salvation Army Others Award, which honors an individual who exemplifies an extraordinary spirit of service. Carl was a member of Masonic Reed #316, Scottish Rite, and York Rite. He was past recorder of Hadi Temple from 1995 to 1997. He was past president of the Great Lakes Shrine Association in 1978. He was a 67 year member of the Elks Club. He was past president of the Blind Association and past president of the East Enders which started Wesselman Park. He had a strong personal faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Evansville for more than sixty-five years. He has touched the lives of many and has genuinely made the world a better place.

Carl V. Bruce is survived by his son, Carl V. Bruce, Jr. and his wife, Marilyn (Smith) Bruce, of Ocala, Fla., and their children, Jeanne (Bruce) Mulchi and her husband, Jim Mulchi, and their children, Adam and Kristin Mulchi; Pam (Bruce) Kuhlmeier and her children, Clay, Katy, and Caroline Kuhlmeier; Tom Bruce and his wife, Ellen (Hanna) Bruce; and Caroline (Bruce) Miller and her husband, Dan Miller, and their children, Cody, Ryan, and Megan Miller; his daughter Carlyn (Bruce) Peterson and her husband, Craig Peterson, of Aurora, Colorado, and their sons, Jeff Peterson and his wife, Jessie (Rae) Peterson, and their daughter, Amanda Peterson; and David Peterson and his wife, Sheri (Chatters) Peterson, and their sons, Erik and Alex Peterson; his daughter, Cheryl (Bruce) Schellhase and her husband Mike Schellhase, of Canton, Georgia, and their children, Katie (Schellhase) Moss and her husband, Brannan Moss, and their sons, Will and Charlie Moss; Mark Schellhase and his wife Kaley (Marshall) Schellhase; and Greg Schellhase and his wife, Ellen (Garzenski) Schellhase, and their children, Claire and Owen Schellhase; and his son Roy Bruce and his wife, Carolyn (Walker) Bruce, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and their children, John Bruce and his wife, Amy (Snell) Bruce, Peter Bruce, and Sarah Bruce.


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  • Created by: Hal Bloss
  • Added: 31 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43781289
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Vernon Bruce, Sr (9 Apr 1914–30 Oct 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43781289, citing Big Hill Cemetery, Providence, Webster County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Hal Bloss (contributor 46549933) .