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Bruce Thomas Gleesing
  • Delton Kellogg Education Fund
    P. O. Box 124
    Delton, MI 49046
  • Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation
    11775 East D Avenue
    Richland, MI 49083

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“Bruce was such a sweet and kind man! He will be missed by many, but I am happy to know that he and my Dad now have the chance to hang out like old...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Jess Lawrence - Hickory Corners, MI

“Jen and Family...We are very sorry for your loss. We enjoyed your Dad very much and had a lot of fun at the lanes, bowling and enjoying a brew. He...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: TA and Diane Armour - Augusta, MI

“Kevin,Jennifer and family. Thoughts and Prayers for you all at this difficult time!! ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Mike and Linda Pierman - MI

“Our condolences to the family. I enjoyed sharing the end of the day with Bruce. He always had a smile on his face and it was contagious. We often...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Dorothy and Tim Louden - Richland, MI

“Sorry for your lost, send my blessing to you and your family. I was a neighbor of Bruce on Twilight Ave in the 1950-1960. our house was the neighbor...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Hopwood(Leisek) - Scotts, MI

“I feel so sorry for all of you guys and wish Butch and I could have been there with you all to celebrate what a great man your dad and grandpa he was...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Judy Brauer - Freeland, MI

“All my prayers to everyone. Bruce was a wonderful brother in law x friend. Aunt Kathy ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Kathleen Willson Roy - Bellaire, MI

“Saddened to hear of Bruce's passing, my sympathy to his family. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jeff Phillips - Kalamazoo, MI

“Jenna,Kevin and family, I am saddened at Bruce's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Bruce was my brother-in-law since he was 14, our partner in...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Don and Sue Blaisdell - Homosassa, FL

“Sorry to hear of another schoolmate passing. I haven't seen Bruce since high school but remember those big freckles and that happy-go-lucky attitude...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Jerry ann Dombrowski - Livonia, MI

“I think almost every time I saw Bruce, he had a smile on his face, enjoying his grandkids and his own kids. I am so sorry. Love you all. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Beverly Vanderwell - Grand Rapids, MI

“Very sad to hear of Bruce passing. He was a very good man and we all have great memories of him, we will think of him everytime we see the lake, I...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Kim Marcus - Hickory Corners, MI

“2 of his wonderful granddaughters ride my school bus. I just wanted to share my condolences. I'm truly sorry for your family's loss...Hugs! ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Jaime Gary - Battle Creek, MI

“Surely am sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Had some great talks with him over the years, across the counter in the store, as well as the bowling...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Todd Noble - Bigfork, MT

“Our thoughts prayers to the entire Gleesing family at this time. Glen Patterson and Amy VanDyke ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: glen patterson - MI

“I always enjoyed my conversation with Bruce after the school day was done. He was so supportive of school staff and would always lend a helping hand....Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Thomas - Lagrange, IN

“Bruce was one of the kindest men I have ever met. It was a joy to talk with him at the end of every day when he came to clean my classroom. Those...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Matt Hawkins - Richland, MI

“Loved the guy, a great friend with a great laugh. He was awesome to have him working here at the school. However, the best memories are for me at...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Reggie Walters - MI

“Love Bruce ! I didn't have any brothers. When I married Dale I got 3. Your parents were always good to me. Loved and admired your mom too. I think of...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Dorothy gleesing - Plymouth, WI

“Kevin, Marie & Girls, So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve & Mary Clark & Family ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Beckley-Clark - Portage, MI


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Bruce Thomas Gleesing of Richland, MI

Bruce, age 71, died Monday morning, December 14, 2015 following an unexpected diagnosis of cancer.

Bruce, the son of Herbert and Loretta (Lambeseder) Gleesing, was born in Kalamazoo, MI on March 12, 1944; was a lifetime area resident and a 1961 graduate of Comstock High School. As a child, Bruce worked in his mother's restaurant, Loretta's Lunch, located in Kalamazoo. After 4 years of honorable service in the United States Air Force, he began driving a truck for Imperial Beverage Company. He then owned and operated North Shore Party Store and managed the Prairieville Township Park. Bruce retired in 2011 from the Gull Lake School System after serving the district as a custodian. He enjoyed his work, mostly, because of the people he would meet and all the friends he made during his lifetime. Bruce followed Detroit's sports, especially the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings; spending time with family and friends and bowling at Richland Lanes.

Bruce was united in marriage to his "True Love," Clara "Kay" Willson in Comstock on March 29, 1975 and she sadly preceded him in death on October 9, 1993. Together they had a daughter, Jennifer L. (Jeffrey) Bever of Delton, MI; a son, Kevin T.W. (Marie) Gleesing of Plainwell and a step-son, Marty D. (Marge) Nemec of East Jordan, MI. Bruce leaves to mourn his loss, four beautiful granddaughters who have kept him busy and entertained! Also surviving is his sister, Leona Slye of Comstock; a brother, Donald Gleesing of Lyons, CO; seven wonderful extended grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Bruce was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carol Junker and by two brothers, Dale and Roger Gleesing.

The Funeral Service to celebrate Bruce's life will be held on Saturday, December 19th at 1:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89), with the Rev. Robert G. Muirhead of Battle Creek, officiating. Family and friends will continue to celebrate Bruce's life immediately following the Service at the Richland Lanes, 9900 East D Avenue (M-89). Bruce's family will greet friends on Friday, December 18th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, December 22nd at 11:00 a.m. in Prairieville (Township) Cemetery, Delton with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard bestowing military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bruce's honor may be directed to the Delton Kellogg Education Fund, P.O. Box 124, Delton, MI 49046 or the Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation, 11775 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083.