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“Dear Kiran,Sending heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I am sorry I never had the opportunity to meet Bruce but but I know how much you...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Nimmi Paulraj - Stanford, CA

“Dear Kiran, our sincere condolences to you and your family on Bruce's passing. Will be thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Love & Best...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Pauline Harrison - Family Friend

“Bruce became a part of my family when I was 10. I remember the huge excitement surrounding this visit, Kiran was bringing her fiance to meet us! He...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Moneesha Dhar Falkland, Scotland

“Bruce was a hard worker and very experienced in the Asphalt Business.I worked with him starting around 1970 at Rieth-Riley and Advanced Paving.Bruce...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Jerry Porter - Battle Creek, MI

“Bruce became a part of my family when I was 10. I remember the huge excitement surrounding this visit, Kiran was bringing her fiance to meet us! He...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Moneesha Dhar - Falkland Scotland

“Dear Karin, my sister sent me the news of Bruce's passing. I was saddened to hear the news. Your love story is indelibly etched in my memory as it...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Whitehead - San Anselmo, CA

“Bruce became part of our family when I was 7 years old. He was really very different from anyone I had ever met before that. His kind steady presence...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Devika Dhar - EDINBURGH - Family

“To the best brother-in-law ever, happy travelling ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Robeena Dhar - Falkland, Scotland, MI

“Kiran, I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you at this difficult time. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Campbell - Houston, TX

“So sorry to hear Bruce has left this earth. He was so devoted to his parents, his siblings, his children and grandchildren. He was one of the most...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Barbara Campbell - Houston, TX

“Bruce and I played football together. He was a year ahead of me and physically a bigger guy than myself. Bruce was quiet and a very hard worker,...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Craig Wall - Overland park, KS

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Bruce Nicholas Bilanow, 73, of Battle Creek, MI died on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Centrica Glenn Arbor Place. He was born on June 22, 1949 in South Haven, MI, the son of Walter and Dawn (Maybee) Bilanow. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Thomas, and niece Katie Burnes Rice.

Bruce is survived by his wife Kiran (Dhar) Bilanow. They met in Rio de Janeiro Brazil where both were vacationing. They were married on October 19, 1974. Also surviving are his daughter Preeya ( Stephen Spinosa ) of Denver CO, sons Nicholas (Betsy) of Perrysburg OH and Jacob( Nicole) of Highland MI; Grandchildren Zac and Cooper Spinosa, Max and Emersyn Bilanow, and Brynlee Bilanow; Sister Pat (Jim) Burnes and nephew Andy Burnes; Brother Dan( Kathy) Bilanow, niece Erin Bilanow and nephew Alex Bilanow, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Bruce is also survived by his UK family, sisters-in-law Robeena, Moneesha and Devika Dhar, niece Annusha Faithful of Edinburgh Scotland and nephew Mohan Dhar of London UK.

Bruce was a 1967 graduate of Lakeview High School, participating in Varsity football and wrestling. He then graduated from Western Michigan University. Bruce was well respected and worked in the road paving industry, working for Reith Riley, Advanced Paving and Paving Consultants.

A hard worker and a lifelong learner, Bruce approached every project with great enthusiasm. He was a builder, a carpenter, a planter of trees, a fixer of everything. He loved traveling and learning about, and exploring new places. He enjoyed riding his bike, reading and woodworking, fishing, ice fishing, hunting, gardening and bird watching. He was a staunch fan of his beloved sports teams, the Red Wings, the Lions, the Tigers and the Maize and Blue. Bruce loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, eating corn on the cob and rating its sweetness, and attending plays at the Barn Theatre.

Friends will be received 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Cremation Preneed Care in Battle Creek.

Memorial services will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Mike Wicks officiating. The service can be viewed at A luncheon will follow. Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Centrica Glenn Arbor Place, The Barn Theatre or Pancreatic Cancer.

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