In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to High Hopes Cancer Fund and left at the funeral home.
Lloyd Junior Bruce, age 80, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, passed away December 3, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO. He was born October 10, 1933, in Oyer, MO, to Benjamin Franklin and Emma “Schuette” Bruce. After graduating from high school he was drafted into the Army and served from 1954 to 1956.
Preceding Lloyd in death were his parents Ben and Emma Bruce; three brothers: Ray, Albert and Glen Bruce; and one step-grandson Timothy Eslinger.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Arda Faye of the home; four sons: Larry (Karen), Gary (Kelly), Jim (Ginger), and John Bruce, all of El Dorado Springs, MO; two daughters: Kathy Welsh of Humansville, MO, and Donna Bruce of Kansas City, MO; one brother Donald Dean Burns of Olathe, KS; one sister-in-law Billie Nell Bruce of Roscoe, MO; four step-children: Cheryl (Lewis) Eslinger and Sandra Chambers of El Dorado Springs, MO, Kathy Buller of Ft. Scott, KS, and Steve (Debbie) Hargrove of Nevada, MO; eleven grandchildren: Travis Burns, Julie Proctor, Kody Bruce, Klint Bruce, Breanna Wood, Marcy Bruce, Jessica Bruce, Randall Bruce, Stephani Allison, Abby Bruce, and Ethan Bruce; eleven great-grandchildren; twelve step-grandchildren: Susan Dingman, Sherre King, Stefanie Eslinger, Patrick Eslinger, Shawna Cooper, Mike Buller, Chris Buller, Doug Chambers, Randall Chambers, Jeffery Chambers, Shawn Hargrove and Shandy Hargrove; and sixteen step-great-grandchildren.
Lloyd was a wonderful man full of life with many friends. Lloyd especially enjoyed going to the coffee shop visiting family and friends.
Through the years Lloyd had many occupations. In his early years he worked at Sears in Kansas City, MO. He was a farmer and worked on heavy highway road and bridge construction, such as Highway 71 and the mile-long bridge over Stockton Lake. He and his wife Arda Faye owned and operated Lloyd’s Market, in El Dorado Springs, a restaurant in Schell City, MO, and a store and restaurant in Roscoe, MO. Lloyd had been a truck driver, auctioneer, processed meat and deer, raised fishing worms, and did roofing. Later after many health issues he loved to garden and also can what he raised. This last summer he even tried his hand at making jelly. He was always wanting he try something new. During the long winter months he worked dozens of puzzles.
Lloyd was a member of Union Hall Baptist Church, having joined by letter March 25, 1973.
Funeral services for Lloyd Bruce were held Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Marsh officiating. Rusty Carver and Cassie Sayler provided music. Selections were “Precious Memories”, “Because He Lives”, and “Knowing You’ll Be There.” Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were: sons: Larry, Gary, Jim and John Bruce; grandson, Travis Burns; and step-grandson Jeffery Chambers.