November 22, 1954 - November 2, 2016
From: Gravois Mills, MO | Originally: Nevada, IA
Stephen Bruce, age 61, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, and formerly of Nevada, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Memorial visitation will be held from 11 a.m. - 12 Noon on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada.
Born November 22, 1954, Steve lived and worked in and around Nevada. Steve graduated from Nevada High School with the Class of 1973. He learned one of his many trades from his dad Clarence at Bruce’s Body Shop. Steve relocated to Des Moines where he stayed until 2010. In September, 2010, he moved to enjoy “Lake Life” at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Steve was owner/operator of Premier Vacations at Lake of the Ozarks. Steve loved introducing people to the lake and always had an open home for friends.
Steve is survived by Cathy Bruce; his sister, Bonny (Ray) Callahan; his children, Jacob Bruce and Madeline Parker; a grandson, Zander Parker; his step- sons, Dallas (Lori) and Neil Dlouhy; his dogs Daizee, Homer & Lou; and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Billie Bruce.
Ryan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Stephen and his family.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:37 AM
“My dearest Steve, my heart aches. I guess it was fate that we met, living only one lake road apart, less than a mile. We were so luck to find each other and fall in love, neither one of us thought it was possible but hoped. We enjoyed everything, each others company, long talks, cooking, eating, canning, family discussion, and yes watching fox news, your man won you would be so happy. I feel so luck to have spent time with you, it made me a better person. I was wondering, if all your dog's were waiting for you at the pearly gates. You always wondered probably a big dog pile. Thank you for all your wisdom and for loving me. You are a great man, father, brother. Dear, I thank God for your love, I miss you so! Love you Steve Bruce. Rest in peace.e”
- Pamela Boynton
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:36 AM
“So sad to hear of the passing of my friend, Steve Bruce. He and I got into a lot of things growing up. I lived on fifth street and the Bruce's lived on fourth. As I am the same age as Steve, I am in awe of the loving grace of my savior Jesus Christ. Although we got into lots of things growing up, my hope is that I will see him again in heaven! I'm praying that the family will find peace in their loss. Trust God, Clean House, and Help Others! The Graham Family”
- Willie Graham
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 2:19 PM
“In the 9 short years we had gotten to know Steve at the lake, he became a great friend and a wonderful neighbor, We will miss him dearly! Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.
Craig, Jennifer and Lucy....”
- Craig and Jennifer Hatler
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM
Although we have been estranged, I am saddened that you are no longer on this earth. I will cherish the many good memories of have of you as my dad: your burgers on the grill, your potato chowder on the wood burning stove, the many school field trips you attended, your green thumb and the enormous garden you grew each year, playing hide and go seek in the hay bales on the farm, your love of animals, sharing your love of Classic Rock with me by listening to records and taking me to concerts, buying me the best birthday present – my dog Lady, our trip to Missouri with Grandpa Clarence, playing in Grandpa’s body shop, many summers at Clearwater Beach, teaching me to ride my bike, teaching me how to swim, 4th of Julys at Kirk Henderson’s, teaching me to drive a car at 11 years old, listening to Grandma Billie play the piano, Kipper Snacks and crackers, our pet raccoon Bandit, sledding at Waveland Golf Course , giving me life so I could have my two beautiful children, and many more. These are the memories that will share with my children about the grandpa they never knew. I hope we meet again someday under better circumstances. Until then I will think of you often.
Your daughter, Morgan (Bruce) Dornfeldt and your grandchildren, Avery Dornfeldt and Reed Dornfeldt
- Morgan (Bruce) Dornfeldt
Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:16 AM
“My sincere condolences to Steve's family. I also went to school with Steve and have the same memories as Janet, Steve was a truly nice person and got along with all. ”
- Sharon Severson Tyler
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Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 9:59 AM
“I was in Steves class and remember him as a really nice guy who everyone got along with. Sorry to hear he's gone. May God bless you all.”
- Janet Rainbolt Jacques