5/13/1959 - 8/25/2021
Thursday, September 2, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Friday, September 3, 2021
2727 N. 108th St. Omaha, NE 68164
Westlawn Hillcrest Cemetery
Bruce was born in Werzberg, Germany on May 13, 1959 while his dad was in the military and stationed in Germany. The family returned to the states before Bruce was five years of age.
Bruce attended Benson High School graduating in 1977. While attending Benson High, he was in various instrumental groups and ROTC. Bruce was an accomplished trombonist. Bruce was a bit of a renegade in high school. He refused to wear the ROTC uniform but was tolerated due to his marksmanship. During a student assembly in the auditorium, he and several other ROTC members rappelled off the balcony into the midst of the student body.
Bruce and I met in October of 1978 through his sister Jennifer. Several of the Tech High band members were going to tour Halloween haunted houses and planned to meet at Jennifer’s home. Bruce and another friend joined the group to “show” the high schoolers how college students celebrate Halloween. Unfortunately for Bruce, he had the wrong time and walked through the living room in his bathrobe to go take a shower upstairs. The bathrobe would make another appearance in our dating escapades. We dated for about 6 weeks before he proposed on December 8, 1978.
We had several embarrassing family meals that I was sure would end our budding relationship. One was when the bathrobe made a second appearance. While having dinner with the Meyer family, Bruce reached for something from the middle of the table and spilled a whole glass of milk on my black corduroy pants. Being the middle of winter, I could not stay in the wet clothes, so I finished the dinner in his bathrobe while my pants dried in the dryer.
The other embarrassing date was while eating dinner with my family. We were having jello with the meal. My brother Dave had stabbed the jello with his fork several times but the jello kept falling off the fork. Dave lifted up his plate and sucked up the jello. My sister and I burst into laughter which brought the jello back out on the plate. I looked over at Bruce and there were tears streaming down his face as he tried not to laugh. The Treadway family meals were definitely polar opposite of the Meyer family meals.
Bruce’s love of music continued even after his high school years as he joined the Tech High pep band in the stands while dating me. Not known by many, but Bruce had a beautiful tenor voice. He did not sing in front of others but often would sing to me while stargazing on dates.
We were married on June 8, 1982 at First Lutheran Church at the ripe ages of 20 and 23 years. Bruce was a private person so public displays of affection were limited to hand holding when others were around. At the end of our wedding ceremony when Pastor Schmidt announced “you may now kiss your bride” Bruce turned to him and said “I can’t kiss her, her parents are here”. Needless to say he finally gave me a very quick kiss.
We were best friends and partners that grew together as we grew up and determined what we would do with our lives. I finished my masters degree and began working for Omaha Public Schools. Bruce was working for Precision Bearing during most of those years. We built our house in 1989. Three years later our son Kale was born 2 days before our 10th anniversary. There were complications during the delivery that necessitated me staying in the hospital. Bruce refused to hold Kale; he was afraid he would hurt him. Finally the nurses sat him in a chair and put Kale in his arms; it was our anniversary. The best anniversary gift either of us could ever give each other. Bruce was so full of pride then and that pride in Kale and the individual he has become never ceased.
Bruce was a private person. He filled his evenings and weekends with various hobbies that were passions but family was always first. His other passions throughout his short life were music, cars, reading, reading and more reading, shooting, and building/designing things were the major ones. He devoted himself to each of these.
Bruce is survived by wife Diane, son Kale and partner Gabrielle, brother Dwayne, sister Jennifer, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews from both sides of the family.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Ron and Carol Meyer; niece Melissa Krause, and sister-in-law Amy Meyer and parents-in-law, Don and Barb Treadway; and sister-in-law Kim Moose.