Bruce James Lauruhn Obituary

Bruce James Lauruhn, 80, of Fayetteville, passed away on Wednesday (December 30, 2020) at Lincoln Medical Center. He was born on July 25, 1940 to the late William J. and Edna Krueger Lauruhn in Mankato, Minnesota.He is survived by beloved sister, Evelyn Smith and Darlene Abbe and by beloved brother, Delbert (Sally) Lauruhn; special sisters-in-law, Naomi Wallace and Frances Stewart; step-sister, Eileen Losyk Tierney; nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews; and great-great grand nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, William J. Lauruhn and Edna Lauruhn-Losyk, he is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Willa Dean Stewart Lauruhn; his sisters, Lenora Sheehan, Orla Leonhardt and Donna Roman, his brother, William Lauruhn; and his step-sister, Barbara Montalvo.After high school graduation, Bruce joined the United States Air Force and received technical training as an Aircraft Repairman at the Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, receiving outstanding grades and going on to serve his country in Germany. Bruce and Dean lived and worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until 1975 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee. He worked for Northern Telecom (later known as Nortel Networks Corporation) until 2001, and upon his retirement they moved to Dean’s hometown, Fayetteville, Tennessee. Bruce was an avid fisherman and golfer. In fact, a few days before he became ill he played 18 holes of golf. Uncle Bruce (as called by his nieces and nephews) was a truly devoted uncle and loved fishing and golfing with several of them and supporting them at their many events and activities. Bruce was a confirmed Lutheran.Private graveside services were held in Riverview Memorial Gardens.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Bruce James Lauruhn.

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