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Howard Willis Bruce, 94

Howard Willis Bruce, 94

Howard Willis Bruce, 94. Born in Ithaca, New York and resident of Hendersonville since 2005. He began his career by working on the first jet airplane at Bell Labs. He served in the Army during World War II. He later worked for Morse Chain and Motorola. In 1954 he moved his family to Phoenix, Arizona and then to Scottsdale, AZ where he lived for many years. In 1989 he retired to Cottonwood, AZ.
Howard was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was a family oriented gentle man that made friends wherever he went. He was always willing to help by using his talents to the best of his abilities while making memories along the way. He loved to camp, fish, and garden. He was also artistic and worked with wood, stained glass, and paint. Some of his favorite memories came from traveling the United States in his motor home. He was eternally curious and loved people and life.
Howard was married for 59 years to Frances Potter and was so fortunate to share his last 6 years with his loving companion, Drew Schultz. He is survived by his three children: Kathy (Larry) Vorbrich of Hendersonville, David (Ann) of Goodyear, AZ and Mary Elizabeth (Louis) St. Germain of Forest Lakes, AZ. Grandchildren Chad and Curt Vorbrich, Melissa Grenley, John St. Germain, Christine Travis and William Bruce. Great-grandchildren: Madison, Ethan and Taylor Vorbrich, Caden Grenley, Rachel Krausman, Michael and Mathias Travis.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday at 11:00 am in the clubhouse at Summer Path. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 828-696-0625 or the Hendersonville Rescue Mission 828-697-1354.
Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the family.