Bruce Allen Anderson, 65, of Lexington, Nebraska, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 12, 2021, with his wife and family by his side. A special thank you to our nurse, Jamie Tucker, for going above and beyond for our family and to the rest of the AseraCare Hospice Staff.
Bruce was born on November 19, 1955, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Raymond and Delores (Overman) Anderson. He attended public schools in Sioux City, Iowa. Following High School, Bruce enlisted in the United States Navy from 1974 until being honorably discharged in 1978. He served on the Destroyer USS Buchanan and Air Craft Carrier, The USS Coral Sea and also served in Hawaii and Vietnam.
In 1976 Bruce met the love of his life, Audra, and her daughter, Laurie, which he claimed as his own. They were married on January 20, 1978, in Sioux City, Iowa. The couple moved to Grand Island, where Bruce worked as a diesel mechanic at Speedway and managed Mr. Lube and many townhomes. They then made their home at Johnson Lake, Nebraska, where he started working at Orthman’s Manufacturing. They lived at the Lake for 14 years and then bought a home in Lexington, Nebraska. He worked at Orthman’s for 31 years and eventually worked his way up to supervisor.
He was an avid lover of the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He loved target shooting and was also a member of the Grand Island Archery Club for many years.
He loved spending time with his grandsons, Tyler and Nathan. He enjoyed teaching them how to hunt and fish. They were his whole world. He had a fantastic personality, and anyone who knew him loved being around him. He was a hard worker and the best husband and provider anyone could ever ask for.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Audra of Lexington; daughter, Laurie (John) Richardson of Grand Island; two grandsons, Nathan Bush and Tyler (Shayla) Bush all of Grand Island; great-grandchildren, Bradley, Braydon and Taylor; brothers, Gary (Billy) Worster of Beatrice, Terry (Martha) Anderson of Portland, Oregon, and Kevin (Kelly) Anderson of Portland, Oregon; sisters, Sherry Schellenberg of Scribner, Zena (Randy) vonHagel of Hawarden, Iowa, Linda Sanow of Le Mars, Iowa, Laurie (Mark) Baird of Portland, Oregon, Susan (Dan) Bellanger of Portland, Oregon, and Alicia Arens of La Mars, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Deannie Hudson of Holdrege and Carla Anderson of Jefferson, South Dakota; nieces, Cheyenne (Jordan) Wiedel of Holdrege, Savannah Beck and special friend, Ryan of McCook, Stormie Hudson of Holdrege, Brandi Coufal and her children, Dylynn and Kelsey Coufal, Tenleigh and fiancé Axel (Kearney) all of Grand Island; nephews, Jaxon Hudson of Holdrege and Jamie (Amy) Bodfield and their children, Ethan and Evan Bodfield of Castle Rock, Colorado; as well as extended family and many friends.
Bruce was preceded in death by his mother, Delores Worster and step-father, Grandville “Shorty” Worster; father, Raymond Anderson; father-in-law, Paul Bodfield, Sr., mother and father-in-law, Dan (Audrey) Peppler; brothers, Raymond Anderson and Dwight Anderson; brothers-in-law, Paul “Buster” Bodfield, Robbie Bodfield and Mike Bodfield; Glenn Schellenberg and Pete Sanow; nephews, Robbie “Bub” Bodfield and Blue Bodfield.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington. The casket will be closed.
Interment with Full Military Honors will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Memorials are kindly suggested to the family for later designation.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefunerahome.com