Bruce H. Brazelton
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Bruce H. Brazelton, age 75, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on Monday, September 7, 2015 at his home.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Discovery Church in Yankton with Pastor Jon Cooke officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, September 11, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday.
Pallbearers are Tony Frederick, Casey Comstock, Wayne Goeken, Ron Goeken, Kevin Watt, Kerry Frey and Rick Magstadt. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren: Colton Potts, Curtis Hansen, Landon Potts, Tori Hansen and Elijah Roberts.
Bruce was born June 22, 1940 in Evansville, Indiana to William and Eunice (Nenneman) Brazelton. He grew up in Evansville and graduated from Bosse High School where he was an outstanding track star. In the eighth grade, he became a Ham Radio Operator and enjoyed communicating with people all over the world for the rest of his life. Bruce graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Engineering and went on to obtain his Master's in Electronic Engineering from Purdue University. After working for several corporations throughout the United States, Bruce found his passion as a sales rep for the Lyons Corporation in Ohio.
On April 23, 1994, he married Karen (Goeken) Hansen in Yankton. After their marriage, they lived in Sunbury, Ohio until moving to Yankton in 2009. Together they enjoyed many wonderful vacations, including Costa Rica, Alaska and Jamaica. Bruce loved caring for animals especially the dogs he developed relationships with while pet sitting in Yankton. Bruce enjoyed playing guitar, ping pong, running and biking. He was a huge sports fan and loved to cheer on THE Ohio State University Buckeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers. First and foremost, Bruce was a faithful follower of Christ, a sacrificial servant, and a great friend. He was always there to help and encourage others through whatever season they were going through.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Karen; his son, Dieter Brazelton (Kim Ball) of Columbus, OH; step-daughter, Heidi (Jimmy) Roberts and their son Elijah of Seattle, WA; step-son, Aaron (April) Hansen and their children Colton, Curtis, Landon and Tori of Yankton, SD. He is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Phyllis Goeken of Scotland, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bruce H. Brazelton Memorial Fund at 2508 Capital Street in Yankton. Bruce would also have encouraged everyone to become an active blood donor, a cause to which he faithfully donated for several decades.
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Our deepest sympathy and condolences in Bruce's passing. I never saw Bruce without a smile on his face and I shall miss him dearly. I will never hear the clackity-clack of a Vibroplex bug without thinking of you my friend. 73 until we meet again.
Bill and Donna Nixon
What a shock it was to hear of Bruce's passing. I can remember the first time meeting him at the family residence in Westerville in 1987 I think it was. I managed to keep in touch with him throughout his time in Ohio and even when he moved away...with his visits to both campus and Dieters current home while Dieter and I roomed together. I was lucky enough to spend many different occassions with Bruce...to include being able to spend time at his and Deets favorite Chinese restaurant. Bruce always had a smile on his face...and was always proud and excited when he came through the door. Its ashame he left this world so soon...but I also know he will be watching over his family as he always had.
There will be a void in our lives for quite a while with his passing. I pray that your time of grief be brief, but effective.
Barry Schloss - KC0TOW
We are so sad to hear of Bruce's passing on. He was a very good friend and we will miss him.
Ken & Lu Draskovic
We were so sorry and deeply saddened to hear of Uncle Bruce's passing. I have fond memories of him rolling around on the floor with every dog he met :) He will be missed. Karen, Dieter, and the rest of the family, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Josh & Deb Schenkel and Family
We will surely miss Bruce. We enjoyed all the time we spent with Bruce when he was here at Salem at our house operating and other places and meeting at the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio meetings and committee meetings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! What a wonderful person!
Ed and Edith Gray
Karen- I am so sorry for your loss. Bruce was a great person.
Sue (Sonichsen) Fields
So sorry to hear about Uncle Bruce's passing so suddenly. He was always so energetic and loved life to it's fullest extent. Many memories of family holiday's in Fort Wayne, Clear Lake, and Westerville. If all good dogs go to Heaven, Bruce is right up there chasing them around.
please accept my deepest condolences Karen and family take comfort that this separation is only temporary!
So sorry Karen. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great guy. I am glad he lived a good life that you can look back on with lots of love and pride. I know Ben will miss him, esp. at family reunions. Take care.
Karen, I was so very sorry to learn of your loss. My prayers will be with you and your family. I know you will feel the comfort only Christ can give.
All my love, Fran & Doug Wenger Johnstown Ohio
I'm so sorry for your loss dear friend. May God comfort you.
Hearing of Bruce's passing is a deeply felt loss. I knew him through my association with Theta-J. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with and get to know Bruce on a personal level. My condolences go out to his wife and children and all those who knew him as a friend. I know he was a follower of Christ and that gives us reason to celebrate his coming home to Jesus. Good-bye for now Bruce. We WILL see you again.
I was so sorry to read of Bruce's passing in The Columbus Dispatch. I always think of him as friendly and smiling and of Karen and Bruce so happy. I will cheer for the Buckeyes and Steelers for him. Karen, I know your family and your faith will help you through this difficult time.
Karen and Dieter, I am so sorry for your loss. Bruce was a great guy. We worked together at Toledo Scale (Mettler Toledo) and were neighbors in Westerville. So I knew him for many years. God bless you at this time.
Dear Karen and the other family members
I am deeply saddened by the loss of friend Bruce. He will be truly missed and I will include him in my daily prayers. I know Bruce over Ham Radio for many years he was real and true friend , he always was there for his friends we will really miss him.
Tripoli-Libya, North Africa
I was Bruce's sales engineers project at Lyons. I worked at Lyons for two years before going back, into engineering. Bruce and I were good friends, before and after I was with Lyons.
Eventually I did go back into sales ..... but Bruce was the one who put my feet on the path of sales originally. He talked me into it.
I am now 64, and am still in sales .....
He was beyond warm and friendly. He could always see the good in EVERYONE. None judgemental, always reminded you of his beloved "Poopsie". He would always, jokingly remind you of quotes like, "The reward for excellence, is NO punishment."
I had no knowledge of his death until tonight. I actually had a dream during that nap, with Bruce in it as a key player. He accompanied me on a trip to keep me company in the car. I never met or even spoke to Karen, but he spoke of her fondly and with great love as his life partner he had always needed.
He was wonderful soul..... still is, someplace good, I know.
Mike Kancel - Pittsburgh, PA
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