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Thurman Junior Bruce

May 26, 1940 – April 13, 2019


April 25, 2019 | View PDF

Thurman Junior Bruce

Thurman Junior Bruce, 78, of Bakersfield, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Thurman was born May 26, 1940, in Quinton, Okla., to the late Thurman Bruce of Arkansas and Opal (Harris) Bruce of Oklahoma. He joined the Teamsters April 21, 1971 while working at Niagara Chemical Co. He started working at United Parcel Service Nov. 15, 1971. On Nov. 14, 1989 he was appointed Shop Steward for the Teamsters and became an executive board member of the Teamsters until his retirement in December 2008.

He enjoyed his family, sports and building model airplanes, and was a animal lover.

Thurman is survived by his daughter, Kristie Bruce-Lane, and his only grandson, Luke Bruce-Lane of San Diego; his son, Bryan Bruce of Bakersfield; three sisters, Stella Ford and husband Gerald Ford of Shafter, Virginia Ford of Bakersfield and Donna Blair of Bakersfield; one brother, Perry Bruce of Shafter; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charlie Bruce.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 22, 2019 at The First Assembly of God in Shafter. Officiating is Pastor Charles Toy. Interment will follow at the Shafter Cemetery. Online condolences

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