Age 93, of Plymouth, Minnesota, passed away quickly and peacefully in his favorite armchair on November 20 with his wife by his side.
Bruce was born on October 12, 1925 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to his parents, Olive and David Chase. He grew up in the tiny town of Middleville, Michigan, where he learned to hunt and fish with his dad. After high school, he served his country and was a proud WWII Naval veteran. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Chemistry and worked for National Gypsum Company his entire career. He married Jeanette Flick in 1953 and they lived in Flint, Michigan where they started their family and later moved to Plymouth, Minnesota, where they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and he lived out the remainder of his life.
Bruce had a wide variety of interests. He treasured his wife and loved time with his family, but he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing with the guys. He loved watching sports and discussing the Twins games with his son, Scott. As well, he and Jan frequently traveled to Mazatlan, Hawaii, Tahoe, and Europe. He often told stories about his travels, golf tournaments, and enjoyed an occasional joke. As well, Bruce had a very soft spot in his heart for their sweet dog, Chu Chu, who gave them so much joy for 15 years.
His long and contented “life with no regrets” will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jeanette (Jan); daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Marty Sokoler of Woodland Hills, CA; his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Karyl Chase, of Ogden, UT, daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Chris Bowers, of Richfield, MN, daughter and son-in-law, Amy Chase and Andi Sumpter, of San Francisco, CA; and six grandsons, Matt,Tyler, Ben,Trevor, Jack and James. He is preceded in death by his parents Olive and David Chase and his brother, Dr. R. Jack Chase of Grand Rapids, MI.
Bruce’s ashes will be buried with Chu Chu in a private ceremony at a later date. A celebration of life will take place on Tuesday, November 27, at 1:00 p.m. at Summerwood of Plymouth, 16205 36th Ave. No, Plymouth. Visitation will be a half hour prior to the service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bruce’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bruce’s honor to Presbyterian Homes and Services, the American Lung Association, or the American Heart Association.
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American Lung Association
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