Originally Published: July 7, 2007 7:49 p.m.
"Life is a random walk," remarked Bruce Bleeker
upon learning that he had an aggressive brain tumor. This philosophical outlook remained with Bruce throughout his entire course of treatment. He stayed composed, courageous and confident in his faith for twenty months. Cancer ended his life on July 5,
2007, at the age of 69.
Bruce Robert Bleeker was born on Oct. 6, 1937, and raised in Chicago. His adult life was characterized by wisdom and clarity when making difficult decisions. He graduated from Beloit College in 1959 and went into the Navy for a three-year tour of duty aboard the USS Oklahoma City. Upon honorable discharge from the military, Bruce married Patsy Glesk and moved to Phoenix where he continued his studies at Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management.
Upon graduation, Bruce and Patsy relocated to Atlanta and began their family - two sons, Mark and Matthew. Bruce chose a career in banking which included extensive travel in both North and South America. When Patsy succumbed to breast cancer in 1985, Bruce continued to raise his teenage sons as a single parent. Both of his sons went to college, married and are now raising families of their own.
Bruce married his second wife, Gail, in 1993. They retired together to Prescott in 2001 and remained there throughout Bruce's illness. In Arizona, Bruce enjoyed gardening and following the family's stock portfolio. He was an avid reader and also volunteered to be Treasurer of The Granite Oaks Water Board. He attended United Methodist Church. His
friends will remember Bruce for his thoughtful intellect, good humor, integrity, quiet strength and character.
Bruce is survived by Gail; his mother Bernice; brother Barry; sons, Mark and Matthew and their families.
A memorial service will take place in Chicago. Those wishing to honor Bruce's life may do so with donations to The Fisher House Foundation, Inc.,
1401 Rockville Pike - Suite
600, Rockville, MD 20852.
Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
(Information provided by survivors.)