Robert Colman Bruce "Bob", 92, of Junction City, KS, peacefully passed away at his home with family at his bedside on March 19, 2021. Johnson Funeral Home of Junction City is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.
A private graveside service will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021, 1:00pm, at the Highland Cemetery of Junction City, 703 West Ash Street, Junction City, KS 66441, followed by a Celebration of Life.
Bob was born on July 17, 1928, Junction City, Kansas, to Colman and Nina (Archbold) Bruce. He grew up as a native of Junction City graduating from Junction City high School class of 1946. He met the love of his life, Vivian Louise Peck, and they married March 05, 1950. After a long year of being quarantined related to Covid-19, they were able to celebrate their 71st anniversary with lunch at Stacy’s Restaurant the day before Bob’s health decline.
Lifetime residents of Junction City, Bob and Vivian have long been advocates for the city and instilled in family and others the importance of supporting local small businesses. Bob was always a hard worker. Even before his graduation of high school, he could be seen at his father's business watching and learning the family trade. He later came to own the business, Junction City/Fort Riley/Manhattan Transportation, and was not only the owner but also a dedicated mechanic. Bob's friendly face was a welcome sight at JC Transit several days a week up until two years ago! In his valuable spare time, he loved to work on his home. He was constantly upgrading and fixing things. He also had a love of woodworking. He was a member of the "McDonalds Breakfast Club" where he and several friends would meet for coffee. He and Vivian also met with other members of the class of '46 to have lunch at Stacy's Restaurant. Above all, Bob was a devoted husband, loving father, adoring grandfather and great-grandfather, and loyal friend.
Bob is survived by his loving family: wife, Vivian of Junction City, KS; his three sons, David (Dara) Bruce of Junction City, KS, Cary (Pam) Bruce of Olathe, KS, and Craig (Tammy) Bruce of Junction City, KS; six grandchildren, Erin (Paul) Iacobucci, Tyler (Kate) Bruce, Jordan (Jake) Persun, Michael Bruce, Megan Bruce, and Caleb Bruce; four great-grandchildren, Rocco Iacobucci, Talia Iacobucci, Alice Bruce, and Kieran Bruce; and a host of loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Virginia Hixon and Betty Miller.
Memorials are suggested to Accord Hospice of Manhattan, 3246 Kimball Ave., Manhattan, KS 66503 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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