Bruce Chase was born in Dearborn, Mich., June 16, 1956. When he was a young boy his family moved to California. Growing up there, he developed a love for sports, especially football, and was a star player on the varsity football team at Cupertino High School. He always enjoyed a hearty discussion about sports, and football in particular.
In 1978, Bruce met the love of his life in San Jose – Linda. Bruce and Linda were married Sept. 29, 1979. After 33 years of marriage, Bruce and Linda were still in love with each other. Bruce and Linda were partners in everything they did and even started a small business together. In 1984, Bruce and Linda had a son, Kyle, and in 1986 their daughter, Kelly, was born. Those who knew Bruce know that he constantly bragged about his children and Bruce still referred to Linda as his beautiful bride.
Among things that Bruce enjoyed are hunting and fishing and also grilling in the summer. Bruce was always happy to take the time for conversation and considered anyone he talked with to be his friend. He loved to tell stories and jokes. Bruce loved to travel; he was always looking forward to the next trip or vacation.
Above all, Bruce loved the Lord. Every morning he read his Bible and also led worship with Linda at church and Bible study. In 2003, he became a licensed minister through Grace International and over the years he traveled with his best friend and pastor to help preach the Gospel and pray for the sick. In December 2011, Bruce also officiated the wedding of his daughter, Kelly.
One verse that Bruce always quoted was, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8 NASB).
Bruce was our loving father, devoted husband and loyal friend; his passing is hard to bear. However, we take comfort in knowing that Bruce is with Jesus in Heaven and when God also calls us home, we will see him there.
“But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NASB)
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 21, at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel in Woodruff.
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Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services handled the arrangements.