Bruce Dean Triftshauser

August 17, 1942March 3, 2018
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Mr. Bruce Dean Triftshauser, of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Saturday, March 3rd at the age of 75.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Julia Inman Triftshauser; daughters Carna Triftshauser of Montgomery, AL, and Kendra Triftshauser Haskins of Mobile, AL; and one grandson.

Bruce was born on August 17, 1942 in Warsaw, NY to Walter and Marian Triftshauser. He grew up as the youngest of three and attended Alexander High School. After graduating from Tri-State University in 1965, he pursued a career in higher education and worked at his alma mater. It was there that he met Julia Inman, whom he went on to marry in 1968. Soon his work took their young family to several cities including Angola, IN, Mitchell, SD, and Windfield, IL. In 1976, they settled in Montgomery, AL when Bruce accepted the role of Dean of Admissions at Huntingdon College.

Through his collegiate work, Bruce discovered a passion for helping people. Professionally, this led him to a career with Wilson Learning and eventually owning Business Performance Solutions, a licensee of Wilson Learning, with a focus on executive development.

It was through his work at Huntingdon that Bruce was introduced to Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss. He began as a volunteer in 1977 with the state program in Alabama and went on to serve as the state chairman from 1997 – 2009. He also worked at the national level as a volunteer during the annual National Finals and as a member of the National Support Team, mentoring other state chairmen. In January 2017, the Alabama state program created a scholarship in honor of his more than 40 years of service to the organization. He leaves a legacy of empowering thousands of young women to reach their full, personal potential.

He was also an active member of the Lake Martin RV community since 1993 and served on it’s Board of Directors for a number of years.

Bruce passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family, after a battle with brain cancer. He will be remembered as an excellent businessman, friend to many always ready with a smile, and a leading figure in the community.

Friends and family are invited to attend the service on Saturday, March 17 at 11 am at Alabama Heritage (10505 Atlanta Highway, Montgomery, AL 36117). A Celebration of Bruce’s life will immediately follow at the Woodland Creek Community Center (8800 Lodge Drive, Pike Road, AL 36064). The family is grateful for condolences and encourages donations to Distinguished Young Women of Alabama (PO Box 231180, Montgomery, AL 36123) in lieu of flowers.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bruce Dean Triftshauser

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Lauren Kirkland

March 13, 2018

Karl and I became host families for Jr Miss in 1999. We met Bruce at that time. We hosted for 13 years and then I joined the State Committee. Bruce was someone who was absolutely loved by everyone. He had the patience, kindness and knowledge that he shared with hundreds of girls throughout the state. On Jan. 20, 2018, Dot Renneker from Bham DYW Board called me and asked if she could bring some cucumber sandwiches that Bruce had loved in the past. When he was surprised with them at lunch on the day of the program, his face lit up and he said, “let’s have them now!” Such a positive and delightful man, he was. He is was so so loved and will be missed throughout the state.

Rhea Hibbert

March 12, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I meet Bruce through Junior Miss many years ago. We started out as drivers and then housed girls for many years. I will always remember the smile on Bruce's face. He was such a giver and found so much joy in helping thousands of girls through the years. I was shocked when I saw that he had passed away and wished so much that I had known he had brain cancer so I could have prayed for him and his family. He died a very young man and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy, Rhea

J. Butler

March 8, 2018

To the family,

I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God's promise for the future found at John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3,4 bring you comfort.

Emily Ann Quattlebaum Tatum

March 7, 2018

Bruce was the state chairman of Alabama's Junior Miss when I competed in 2004. That program made such an impact on my life and Bruce was a BIG part of that! What I remember most is his smile. He was always smiling. You could tell he truly cared about the people around him. He was a refreshing soul to be around and it was an honor to know him.

He will be truly missed, but what a legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Carole Byrd

March 7, 2018

Betsy & I, as Co-chairmen of Florida DYW, cannot imagine Bruce not being in Mobile every June. What a huge hole there will be. He was always ( & much behind the scenes) helping everyone & did it for the program...not for self-praise. He is the actual reason that we pushed forward when presented the idea of chairing the State Florida DYW program. He was encouraging, humorous about “why not”, and believed in us. He was also close friends with Mac & Charlie Savage, who were neighbors to my in-laws in Montgomery...the Savages started my own AJM/DYW interest, and having Bruce as our mutual friend was just icing on the cake. What a great legacy Bruce has left. Mighty fine shoes to try to fill , but I believe his spirit will aiways be with us all.

Sandy Cowen

March 7, 2018

Bruce was always kind and expressed joy and happiness to others. I know he loved and cared for his family because that is reflected in the sweet wife he has and the beautiful, sweet, and kind girls he raised. I will always cherish his willingness to share his time helping others and I truly remember and appreciate all the time and efforts he gave so willingly to our ball group. He left many lessons and a great example for us to follow.

Keith Hornbuckle

March 6, 2018

Julie, Kendra, and Carna, I am so sorry to hear about Bruce. I really enjoyed knowing Bruce for about 36 years (the first and almost 27 of those years through Alabama's Junior Miss)...I will miss him. Take care. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cyhthia Spring-Perkins

March 4, 2018

Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of my cousin, Bruce. I am fortunate to have many fond memories of us as kids on the farm. They will always be cherished.