Life Story / Obituary
July 31, 2016
Bruce Wayne Grewe, 69
TRAVERSE CITY - Bruce Wayne Grewe "Batman", 69, of Traverse City went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Munson Medical Center of a heart attack after battling cancer. Born February 5, 1947, in Muskegon, MI, son of Carl Frederic Sr. and Donna Mae (Harrison) Grewe.
He married Peggy Jo Gray on June 25, 1966 in Muskegon, MI. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Bruce was a "Jack of All Trades" working a variety of jobs including drugstore, optical, grocery, mechanic, welder, automotive and owned his own business at one time. Tower Automotive was his last job where he proudly worked for 16 years as a member of the UAW until Tower closed their doors in 2008. Bruce was a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Army. He was also a Boy Scout, growing up as a scout, and later becoming a scout leader when his sons were scouting age. He loved music and playing the piano. He enjoyed quartet music and Bill Gaither's music. Bruce grew up going to church and he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He not only took his family to church, but would drive the church bus, picking up other kids so they too could learn of God and His love. Bruce was a family man and a people person. He enjoyed looking up family history and genealogy. He enjoyed telling tales of the past over and over, often remembering nostalgically the prices of goods in the past. He was a prankster and loved having fun with people. He always put family first. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting; and was proudly a lifelong member of the NRA. He was a procrastinator and was usually late: The excuse was, "I'm on Grewe time..." but he would eventually get there and take care of the business at hand.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents Carl Sr. and Donna Grewe, and his son-in-law Barry Braun. He is survived by his wife Peggy Jo Grewe; siblings Jerry (Wanda) Grewe, Patricia (Hal) Smith, Linda (Jerry) Olson, and Carl Grewe Jr.; children Bradley (Lois) Grewe, Michael (Selene) Grewe, Annette (Brian) Ahlgren, and Marilyn Braun; grandchildren Bethany White, Kayla Grewe, Jason Ahlgren, Jessica Ahlgren, Snowelle Grewe, Dale Hoffman, Michael Braun, Alyssa Braun, Ryan Braun, Sean Braun, and Evan Braun; great-grandchildren Carmichael "CJ" White, Mya Lemcool, and Jameson Alma.
Funeral service will be at 4p.m. Thursday August 4, 2016 at Life Story Funeral Home, 752 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 with Pastor Robert Cholette officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday. Burial will be "Family Only" at National Military Cemetery in Battle Creek, MI on Friday, August 5, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to his wife Peggy in care of Life Story Funeral Home, 752 Munson Ave, Traverse City Mi, 49686.
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