OBITUARY

Bruce Masopust

January 20, 1949February 21, 2021

Bruce Joseph Masopust, age 72, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 21, 2021, after an eight-year battle with prostate cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto T. Masopust Sr. and Adeline Metelec Masopust. He will be remembered by his wife of 47 years, Linda Roath Masopust; children Brian and Beth (Dr. Eric) Hull; two grandchildren Tate and Jordyn Hull; brother, Otto (Emily) Masopust Jr.; brothers- and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

Bruce graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College with a B.S. in Christian Education & Camping. He played basketball and baseball there for three years and in 2008 was an inaugural inductee into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bruce spent twenty-seven years in Christian ministry and twenty years with Century Driving School. 1972 Sports Ambassadors, Indonesia; 1972-73 Executive Director, Help a Kid—I Did; 1973 Sports Ambassadors player/coach, Asia; 1973-74 International Harvester, Ft. Wayne, IN; 1974-75 short-term missionary, Tasmania, Australia; 1975-76 Visitation Pastor, Cedar Road Missionary Church, Osceola, IN; 1976-84 Youth Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Muscatine, IA; 1984-85 Manager, Horn Creek Ranch, Westcliffe, CO; 1985-99 Executive Director, Pine Trail Camp, Saugatuck, MI; 1999-2019 instructor and road test examiner, Century Driving School, Holland, MI.

Bruce enjoyed sports as a competitor, coach, and fan, especially when his children played. He played church slow-pitch softball for 50 years. He served as an assistant coach for girls’ basketball teams coached by his daughter.

Bruce has been an active member of Immanuel Church since 1985, having served as a deacon, elder, and small group leader.

Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2021 at Immanuel Church, 325 104th Ave., Holland, MI 49423. A Celebration of Bruce's Life will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 20 at Immanuel Church.

Memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Church, 325 104th Ave., Holland, MI 49423 and to Hope for Kids Mexico, PO Box 1661, Holland, MI 49423. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guestbook online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Immanuel Church
  • Hope for Kids Mexico

Services

19 March

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Immanuel Church

325 104th Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

20 March

Celebration of Life

10:00 am

Immanuel Church

325 104th Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

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John Tobey

February 27, 2021

Linda,

May the Lord comfort you during this time of mourning. So sorry to learn of Bruce's passing. It's wonderful to know he's with Jesus.

John and Jan Tobey

Chris Francomb

February 26, 2021

Brian's dad was always around in my early life. He was always there to help no matter what. When I first started driving at 16, I would bring Brian home at the campground and tear up the driveway in burnouts on the way out. One day he came out with a shotgun and chased me off. I know it wasn't loaded now, but at 16 it startled me. My buddy Dustin backed into a tree with his dads van in the same driveway picking up Brian. The driveway was huge!

You will be missed and touched so many people.

June Crumrine

February 25, 2021

I met Bruce in 1991 while working with him at a christian residential youth camp as a camp nurse for a couple of weeks for 7 summers.

Bruce will be missed by so many. I remember and admire him for his dedication and hard work keeping the christian youth camp running as well as it did. I also will never forget how you, Linda, worked hard along side of Bruce while raising your family at a youth camp, at the time.

I wish I could pay my respects to Bruce and join in celebrating his life and seeing his family again. However. I'm now in Temecula, California. The Masopust family will be in my thoughts and prayers on Friday.

With my sympathies,
June Crumrine

Kelly Lewis

February 24, 2021

I remember Bruce for his role as Camp Director at Pine Trail Camp. First as a camper, then as staff. I remember him most for fire drills the first night. The swim tests in the lake, and working the canteen with him.

The most recent memory is a few years back when we were looking for a cat for our daughter. I had seen Beth’s post about finding a home for her cats. I told him. I would take one of we lived closer. He asked if I’d be willing to take both. I said sure I would be willing to take both, thinking we lived too far away. It was a non issue.

I remember him kind of laughing ,and asking if I’d be home that Sunday. I thought it was kind of odd why he would want to know that. I said yes we would be home Sunday. He said good, we will drive the cats down. I was like what! You know we don’t live in Michigan.

He and Beth drove them down. It was very sweet of both of them to take that long trek here. We appreciated it very much!!!
Milo and Lucy have been such a joy.

My prayers and thoughts go out to Linda and her family.
Thank you for letting me share!

Kelly, Kurt and Katy Lewis

Linda Toman Walker

February 24, 2021

So saddened to hear about Bruce. I was a Morton East classmate and fellow Warrenteener at Warren Park Presbyterian Church. He was such a nice guy. I can still remember his distinctive laugh. So many of us grew in Christ together at Warren Park; we’ll meet again in Heaven.
Linda Toman Walker

Kathy Herrick

February 24, 2021

It is with profound sadness that I read of the passing of Bruce. I had the honor and privilege to teach both Brian and Beth and loved working too with Bruce and Linda. They also welcomed our third graders to Pine Trail Camp for years and helped us learn more about our hometown. Bruce (and Linda) always had a smile and a positive outlook and made us feel welcome. He was a loving and caring father and I know he and Linda shared their love and faith with a multitude of people. My prayers are here for all the family, for God to comfort and strengthen each person. May the warm loving memories continue to bring you comfort. Love, Tom & Kathy Herrick

George Cramer

February 24, 2021

We are saddened to learn of the demise of a long time friend who was a very devoted family man. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband & father, Bruce.

Most of us have to confront the loss of loved ones during our lifetime. However, it is never easy when the time arrives. It is an occasion for moving memories of growing up, and of all the things loved ones have done for us. It also serves as a reminder of our own mortality; bringing our lives into perspective in a way that few other things can.

We hope you will turn your thoughts to the good times you shared with your husband & father, Bruce, and remember that he is now resting in a better place. (george & linda cramer)

George Kacena

February 24, 2021

Bruce and I grew up in the same church, and both attended Ft. Wayne Bible College, though we lost contact over the years. I pray for God's grace upon Linda and all of the family, as they grieve but also celebrate his life. He accomplished some amazing things as a follower of Jesus Christ. God's peace to all of the family!

Jay Platte

February 24, 2021

Bruce was one of the most positive people at Fort Wayne Bible College. Among his many wise decisions was to marry Linda Roath who was one of our music majors. I thank God for his life of ministry and caring, and for raising such a wonderful family! I have included one of the basketball team photos (#34) and a link to our Hall of Fame https://fwalumnicenter.org/celebrate/hall-of-fame/year.shtml?class=2008. God's peace be yours.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY