Bruce Davis, 61

Bruce Lee Davis, 61, of Sturgis, passed away early Monday morning May 21, 2012, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1950, in Melville, N.J., a son of the late Robert and Evelyn (Gressman) Davis.

Bruce resided in Sturgis since the age of 2 and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1968. He continued his education at Glen Oaks Community College, where he earned an Associates Degree.

On May 8, 1971, he married Sandra Gundrum in Sturgis.

Bruce was a talented tool and die maker. He began his career with Schuler Tool and Die. He also worked at General Tube and Formed Tubes, both in Sturgis, Tube Fabricators in Burr Oak and his last place of employment was with Gray Brothers Stamping and Machine in White Pigeon.

Bruce was a coach in the Sturgis Rocket Football program for more than 17 years. One of those years included an undefeated season. He enjoyed bowling, playing softball, fishing and camping and had a true love of hunting especially an elk-hunting trip to Colorado that he experienced with his son.

He is survived his loving and dedicated wife of 41 years, Sandra; a daughter, Tamara L. Davis of Sturgis; a son, Chad M. (Donida) Davis of Coldwater; two grandchildren, Perry Hanson, serving in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Afghanistan; and Kenneth (Mandy) Easterday of Coldwater; a brother, Randy (Mary) Davis of Sturgis; a brother-in-law, Robert Gushwa of Sturgis; a sister-in-law, Sherry Davis of Auburndale, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Angela Davis; a sister, Kimberly Ann Gushwa; and a brother, Larry Davis.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis. Funeral services celebrating the life of Bruce L. Davis will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Sturgis. The Rev. James Bender will officiate.

A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bruce’s memory consider the Michigan Polio Network, 1156 Avon Manor Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307; American Cancer Society, 1400 West Milham, Kalamazoo, MI 49024; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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