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OBITUARY

Francis "Buzz" Harry Bruce

April 20, 1930May 3, 2020

Francis "Buzz" Harry Bruce, 90, of Indianapolis, passed away May 3, 2020. He was born on April 20, 1930 in Stratford, New Jersey to the late Harry and Ruth (Haines) Bruce. After high school, Buzz graduated from La Salle University with his Bachelor's Degree. Buzz faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force. He married Emilie Danfield and they spent 68 years together.

Buzz was a previous member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Richmond, Indiana. He was most recently a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Indianapolis. He was also a member of the Richmond Catholic Men's Group, the Cursillo Group and he was an avid supporter of Seton Catholic High School in Richmond. He enjoyed spending his time as a hospice volunteer and helping with Meals on Wheels. Buzz was a big sports fan and he loved watching any game from the Colts and Pacers to his grandchildren's sporting events. Buzz will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Buzz is survived by the love of his life, Emilie Bruce; children, Garry (Elizabeth Hunker) Bruce of Indianapolis, Robert (Janice Foltz) Bruce of Ft. Wayne, Kathy (John) Bannister of Indianapolis, Nancy (Tony) Ceccanese of Eugene, Oregon, Tom (Jody) Bruce of Indianapolis, Rosemarie (Mitch Hendrix) Bruce of Rushville and Sharon (Anthony) Regalado of Denver, Colorado; 11 grandchildren, Alison Hunker, James T. Hunker, Jonathon (Megan) Bannister, Stuart (Kattie) Bannister, Alec (Emily) Bannister, Wallace Ceccanese, Isabelle Ceccanese, Owen Bruce, Hadley Bruce, Makayla Regalado and Nayah Regalado; 3 great grandchildren, Henry, Max and Grace Bannister; and sister, Alice (Charles) Hall. Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Ruth Bruce.

Special thanks for the love and advocacy provided by Jean Ross and Emily Falls of Kaybee.US, and to all the staff at Hooverwood for their excellent care. Gratitude for Kerry at Life's Journey Hospice of Avon for her constant loving care and comfort.

A memorial visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Christ the King Catholic Church at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made by mail to Christ the King Catholic Church, 5884 Crittenden Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220 or to Seton Catholic High School, 233 S 5th Street, Richmond, IN 47374.

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Jean Ross

May 10, 2020

I met Buzz when I was first started an idea for a business of matching nurses with older adults to help coordinate care. He was skeptical, questioning, and asked me how much. :) But, over time, we became extremely close as I helped Buzz and Emilie with their medical care, and they helped me understand what being an "older adult" exactly meant. Buzz will never be forgotten as now we have internally created "Buzz Sheets" as orientation tools to teach more nurses about care coordination and the highlights of what matters to families and older adults. And, forever on my desk, sits his signature of my very first check I ever got for this crazy idea. Thank you, Buzz, for the lessons you taught me in 3 short years. I am forever grateful.

Jeanne Georgette

May 8, 2020

Condolences and Love to The Bruce Family. Uncle Buzz was very caring and always had a smile. We enjoyed being in his company as he was very interesting to talk to. He will surely be missed!

Betty (Mitten) Nelson

May 7, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. The picture that is posted is exactly like I envision him. Uncle Buzz and Aunt Emmy made the cutest "little" couple. I remember going to their home in Stratford to play with Gary and Bobbie. We always felt welcome there. May you be comforted in knowing what a wonderful man he was. May he now receive the rewards of his labor in eternal peace.

Alec Bannister

May 6, 2020

Grandpa was the most selfless and caring person I’ve ever known. He always made a point to attend every one of my sporting events, whether it was a 30 minute or four hour drive for him. I remember how encouraging it was to look in the stands during one of my basketball games to find him smiling back at me. Sharing the West Point experience with Grandpa Buzz made it even more memorable to me. He made sure I always knew how proud he was. I’ll miss his heartwarming smile, contagious laugh, and his favorite line, “that’s special” reminding me how blessed I am. Life is truly special to forever call you Grandpa. Thank you for the many memories, life lessons, and the overflowing love that you always showed me. You are greatly missed, Grandpa Buzz.

Stu Bannister

May 6, 2020

Grandpa Buzz was the most generous, selfless man. He used to drive all the way to Indy just to watch my hockey games. I'm not sure he missed even one. I know that because I could hear him yelling at the ref from stands! I'll always remember his dinner toasts. A joke (usually a groaner), a prayer, and a short statement of thanks, usually spoken through tears. It seems that nothing made Grandpa happier than having his family at his side, and we were lucky to be there.

Marcia Jenkins

May 5, 2020

It has been such a privilege to care for Mr. Bruce as well as his lovely wife. It has been an honor to be part of this gentleman's life.
The staff of Life's Journey Hospice

Jonathon Bannister

May 5, 2020

Buzz was an unbelievable grandpa to me and my siblings. Gentle, loving, patient, quick to laugh, and a so-so joke teller...mostly because he would laugh before getting to the punch line, which honestly made the jokes even better. Buzz was always there for us all. Whether it was a life milestone or a random basketball game, Buzz was always there to support and celebrate. The man was truly something special. His love and kindness will never be forgotten. Love and miss you Grandpa Buzz!

David Eales

May 5, 2020

Worked with Buzz at Color-box back in the 90’s. He was a hard working man and a great listener. I’m sure anyone who worked with him found him to be honest and flexible. He will be missed

Carol Dravk

May 5, 2020

Francis or “Buzz” as everyone knew him, was an awesome sales rep, but an even more awesome person. Patient, kind, funny - but tough when he needed to be. I remember a lot of great times with Buzz, he was the first sales rep I was assigned to when I started at Color-Box. Great teacher - so generous with his time to explain things and “show me the ropes”. He was always quick with praise and so patient if things weren’t going well. He saw the good and the humor in the everyday things. A really great man. Well done, Buzz. Rest In Peace.

Joyce Mopps

May 5, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. For many years Buzz and I had a standing date. I always enjoyed it when Buzz was on my schedule. He shared stories of his children and of his grandchildren. He was a kind generous man, which was evident in the time he gave to his church. May you find comfort in your memories of the time you had together.

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Vail, Summer 2006 Family Trip

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Colorado, Spring 2004

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Colorado, Spring 2004

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Colorado, Summer 2009

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