Bruce Alan Hatlestad

November 7, 1949February 15, 2014
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Bruce Alan Hatlestad, 64, died Saturday February 15. Born 11/7/49 to Raymond Hatlestad and Anna Mae Petersen Hatlestad Sawatzky in Sioux City, IA. He attended school in Sioux Falls, SD and volunteered for the marines and served in Vietnam earning a purple heart. Bruce worked as a long haul driver and married Deborah Kyle on 7/21/75 in Sioux City, IA. They moved to Denver, CO where they have resided since 1979. Bruce is survived by his wife Debbie, son Kory and his wife Becky; two granddaughters Nichole and Chrystina; grandson Tristan all of Colorado; Daughter Tammy Jo of Idaho; Brother Ron and wife Auria of Texas; sister Sheila and Bill Julius of Sioux City; loving in-laws, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Walter Sawatzky; daughter Nicole; brother Richard and beloved aunts and uncles.

Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, Thornton, CO.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Beth Martin

February 26, 2014

Kory your last message to Uncle Bruce made me cry again. Because I kind of know how you feel... I keep expecting him to message me on FB and telling me to call him. I see Uncle Bruce's face on FB and it's still hard for me to believe he is gone...I miss you Uncle Bruce. I love you!!

kory hatlestad

February 26, 2014

still seems surreal. Can't believe your gone. I keep expecting you to call and ask me why I have not called you on my way home from work... it's weird. sometimes it feels ok and I know that's you telling me it's alright and take care of the family... other times it hurts like hell and I just need to hear your voice. now is one of those times..i miss you daddy.. I love you..

Kory Hatlestad

February 20, 2014

I cannot put into words the feelings that I am having. I know he's in a better place but selfishly I'm not ready to let go. Honestly, probably I would probably never have been ready to let go.. I learned so many things from him, many of which are inappropriate for public postings, but that was my dad. I hope I can be half the man he was, and make my kids as proud of me as I am of him. My hero, my mentor, my daddy. I love you forever...

Kristie Chong

February 20, 2014

We will miss you. It was always fun when you and Aunt Debbie came to visit us. Your jokes were funny and would make me blush. You were kind person. I will miss your words, laughter, and the joy you brought to us. I wish you were still here, but I know you are with us all forever. Rest in peace Uncle Bruce. We love you.

Yvonne Hatlestad Weis

February 19, 2014

I am glad I got to reconnect with Bruce in recent years. I saw hm as a baby at my family home, (our fathers were brothers) but lost contact over the years. So, I don't have any memories of him, but happy to now know about his family. I know he was immensely proud of his family. I will miss getting his email forwards!!

A cousin, Vonnie

Stacey Magub

February 19, 2014

Words cannot express how sorry I'am for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Please call on me in the days and weeks to come if there is anything I can do.

Beth Martin

February 19, 2014

"Uncle Bruce I think of you everyday there are times I cry because I miss you so much and times I smile because I remember times we've had together laughing, joking and just being silly. And other times we've had serious conversations and you've always made me feel better about things. I will miss all those special moments with you. God bless you Uncle Bruce may you rest in peace. I will love and miss you forever and always keep you in my heart and always speak highly of you like I always have...I love you!"

Tammy Clark

February 19, 2014

Words are never enough to say how i feel. I think of you a lot dad and alway will. My prayers are with you and the ones you left behind.

Jessica Martin

February 19, 2014

Uncle Bruce, oh great uncle of mine...I can't believe the news I just got. It's completely unreal. I don't think it even is hitting me the way it should. I wish I were still in Colorado and saw you more often. I remember always going to your house when we were kids and your goofy personality and dumb/dirty jokes. Lol. Going to the coffee shop late at night with you and Aunt Debbie. The yearly camping trips to lake Wellington. Just to go back and have one of those moments again would be great. I will miss you Uncle BooBoo. Haha I know how much you hatedddd when mom and us would call you that. ?? you'll truly be missed. I love you uncle Bruce. R.I.P. To our own personal family Santa clause. ??

Nikki Hatlestad

February 18, 2014

He was an amazing grandfather. I was so lucky so know this wonderful man he would always make me laugh when I was upset. I would always go sit in the bedroom with him while he played on his computer and we would eat popsicles. Everytime he got up I would go play his games, he would get frustrated because I would change the settings. I LOVE YOU GRANDPA you will be forever in my my heart and thoughts