Bruce William Tiffin Trager

January 27, 1948October 20, 2021

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Bruce passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep. Born on January 27, 1948, in Seattle, Washington to the late Lester W. and I. Danella Trager, Bruce was a proud alumnus of the University of North Dakota, where he played football. He was a commercial airline pilot, farmer, and businessman. His career took him to live in a number of communities, including Lima, Ohio, Lathrop, Missouri, Scottsdale, Arizona, Grand Forks, North Dakota, and, most recently, Fort Worth, Texas. Bruce was heavily involved in each of these communities, as a member of organizations such as Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, Booster Club, and his church. Bruce was a devoted father, Papa, and loyal friend. He nurtured his daughter Tiffiny and her interests in athletics, business, flying, and family. An avid sports fan, hockey and Formula I racing were Bruce’s particular passions. His love for animals and the outdoors meant he could often be found hiking with a favorite dog on a northern woods trail, down the Grand Canyon, or just around the neighborhood. He enthusiastically shared his interests with his two grandsons who he adored and in whose lives he played an active part. Bruce’s sense of humor, contagious laughter, constant shenanigans, and profound kindness will be sorely missed by his friends, family, and the countless individuals whose lives he has touched. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Tiffiny and Joshua Boschee of Fort Worth, Texas, his grandsons Grant William and Reid James Boschee, by his sisters Sylvia Trager of Seattle, Washington and Suzanne Ortega of Washington DC, and by his loving nieces and nephew Tamara Ortega Goodspeed, Corinne Ortega, Benjamin Ortega, and their families. A memorial service to celebrate Bruce’s life will be held later this fall.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be collecting donations and directing funds to local youth hockey organizations.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Bruce William Tiffin Trager

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Shawn Murphy

October 27, 2021

We both loved the game of hockey and it was your action hockey game that we played in our younger years that led me to get one too.
Most of all the plane you sold me was exactly what you said it would be. Being trustworthy goes a long ways in life and you were just that!!!

Wanda Seymour

October 26, 2021

Our Sincere Thoughts and Prayers are with you all 🙏 Ken & Wanda

JD and Julie Hempsmyer

October 25, 2021

I flew, worked directly with and taught Bruce in the Sim at Ryan. JD did his update training to captain. He was a true gentleman and a great captain. He was a the calming force of our leadership. After Ryan folded we kept in touch with him at the Buick dealership in Iowa. But 2008 got to him and it wasn’t long before he kept finding jobs that paid good money in the strangest places. North Dakota road grader to manning fire extinguishers at nuclear power plants. I will always remember him responding to a controversial subject in a calm and respectful manner “Well, I don’t know…”. My wife and I will both miss him. She flew with him also. He touched a number of lives for the positive while on this earth. No one ever had a bad word for him. Rest In Peace our friend. May God have a place for him at the table of eternal life.

Ron Schauble

October 25, 2021

I flew with Bruce a lot at Braniff and Ryan International. Good pilot,and we always had a good time together. Bruce did a lot for the Ryan pilots to make the company a better experience. He was the push behind the Ryan pilots joining the Air Line Pilots Association.

Sylvia Trager

October 22, 2021

My Brother, my Friend. We were not ready to lose you - I know you will watch for us from above. I always looked forward to our Birthday calls and treasure our last. Rest in Peace Brother! Sylvia Trager