– Bruce, 65, passed away July 21 at his home.
Bruce was born in Salem on October 20, 1953 to Bill
Trussell and Delores “Dee” Carnine Trussell Aase.
He lived in Salem until moving to the Stayton area in
youngster in Salem, he was an avid roller hockey player on
teams from Skateland. He
enjoyed hunting and fishing until an injury made traversing
uneven terrains difficult.
He worked in construction, meat packing and food
processing for many years.
married his wife, Lisa, on January 29, 1977.
He was a devoted husband, father of three, and
grandfather of seven boys and one girl.
While his children were young, he became a stay at
home dad. This
was at a time when few men did so.
As a volunteer board member of the local Little League, he
took pride maintaining the baseball fields and coaching.
cars and classic cars were a passion, with pictures of his
vehicles adorning his shop walls.
Most mornings began with a “cruise” around town
that would often lead him by his grandkids’ schools to see
if he could catch a glimpse of one of them.
neon and tube bar lights was a hobby, finding them at flea
markets, antique stores or junk shops. Bruce enjoyed taking road trips.
When in doubt of where to go, San Francisco was the
default destination. But
he also enjoyed Scottsdale, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, Orange
County and Bend. The
day before his death he had just wrapped up reservations for
an upcoming road trip.
his five older grandchildren active in sports and drama, he
enjoyed attending their games and activities, scheduling
vacations around them.
He looked forward to what activities the younger
three would be participants.
greatest joy was being surrounded by his family,
particularly at the long dining table where everyone
gathered for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
He was an expert shopper and loved choosing and
buying Christmas gifts for his family.
His presence at the head of the table will be missed.
his wife, he is survived by his three children, their
spouses and eight grandchildren: Katie and Daniel Koenig and
children Wyatt, Mason, Noah, and Brody of Stayton; Cody and
Melissa Trussell and children Henry and Winnie of Boring;
and Brett and Kasia Trussell and children Lane and Logan
also of Stayton.
in memory of Bruce can be made to Santiam Youth Sports, PO
Box 71, Sublimity, OR 97385 or Regis St. Mary Theatre
Department, 550 W. Regis St., Stayton, OR 97383. In
keeping with his wishes a private memorial will be held at a
Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.