Life Story / Obituary
With ways all his own, Bruce Law lived a life of integrity as a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. It was evident to all that Bruce held his family as the most precious gift he was ever given. Bruce was a quick witted and strong willed man. With trust and honor, he was a friend of many and well respected by those who knew him best. Gone but never to be forgotten are the priceless memories he leaves behind.
Though tensions continued to flare overseas, the 1950s marked a quieter, more stable time in America as the baby boom found families moving into newly developed suburbs. With the increasing number of women entering the workforce, the introduction of the TV dinner was a welcome addition and a great convenience as the first color television sets rolled off assembly lines. While Elvis Presley was ushering in his career, the U.S. Supreme Court ushered out segregation, deeming it unconstitutional in all U.S. public schools. During these changing times in the small community of Creston, Iowa, a most welcome event in the lives of Roy and Kathryn Law took place. On September 11, 1954, they lovingly welcomed the birth of their little boy, Bruce David Law into the world.
The third of three sons in the Law household, Bruce joined his older brothers, Roy Jr. and Ed. His father was employed as a salesman, and his mother looked after their household and worked at the local hospital. Life growing up in the close knit communities of Creston, Boone, and Fort Dodge, Iowa offered a young boy like Bruce much adventure. With trips to the sidewalk lined streets of downtown to the rural landscapes, Bruce and his family enjoyed family fishing trips together and fun-filled times spent with his aunts, uncles and cousins enjoying lazy afternoon picnics. His family shared and created numerous memories vacationing at Lee’s Resort on Lake Okoboji where there was much to do and see. As a youngster, one of Bruce’s favorite pastimes was playing with his toy Army soldiers.
During his youth, Bruce was quite involved in sports. In high school he was on the football and wrestling teams where he excelled. Bruce had other things on his mind, too, including his high school sweetheart, Darlene. After graduating in 1972, Bruce attended Iowa Central Community College and started out working as an auto mechanic at Law’s DX Service Station in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He then went on to work for U.S. Gypsum before moving on to Gibbs Cook Caterpillar Dealer, also in Fort Dodge.
Bruce and Darlene were nearly inseparable. Deeply in love, they exchanged vows of marriage in 1974 with hopes and dreams of a bright future which came to include 41 years together. Bruce worked hard to support his new bride. For a time Bruce worked in Guyana, South America when he was employed with Green Construction. From there they moved on to North Dakota when Bruce landed a job with the Tracker and Equipment Company. After returning to Iowa, Bruce took a job in Michigan, working for Michigan Caterpillar in Novi. The family settled in Canton, Michigan where he eventually began working for U.S. Ecology in Belleville.
During these years, Bruce and Darlene began a family of their own. Blessed with three wonderful children: Jared, Amy and Amber added much to their lives. Bruce was a loving husband and devoted father. He spent as much time with his family as possible enjoying all life had to offer a growing family. Memorable times were shared on hunting trips with his son, Jared, along with hunting alongside his best friend, Bert. Bruce’s hunting excursions were full of adventure. He hunted moose and caribou in Newfoundland and bear in Ontario with his older brother, Ed.
Bruce had a love for travel. Through the years he enjoyed vacationing with his wife along the sandy beaches of Aruba and in the Dominican Republic. The holidays were always a special time in their home where family always gathered. With his great sense of humor, it was a joy to share Bruce’s company. As a couple, Bruce and Darlene thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their good friends, Bert and Diane. Although it seemed Bruce was always on the go, he always made sure to spend quality time with the woman he so loved, Darlene. Whether sitting in the sunroom simply talking or nestled by the fire-pit together, their abiding love remained strong. Faith was an important part of their lives, too as they were longtime members of St. Thomas a’Becket Church.
In his spare time, Bruce was an avid reader. A very intelligent man, he enjoyed reading, and loved the words and wisdom of J.R.R. Tolkien through his many books. He also liked reading the series of books authored by Bill O’Reilly. A few of Bruce’s favorite movies and TV programs included the Game of Thrones, Blacklist, Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings, and the Avengers. Bruce always kept quite active and fit. He liked working out, walking and biking whenever he could. He enjoyed time spent fishing, and his passion for hunting remained. He had all the makings for brewing his own beer, and he was a grill master at heart. When it came to music, Bruce loved the classic rock genre of his youth and country, and he eagerly followed Iowa Hawkeye football.
Despite his many interests, Bruce adored spending time with his grandchildren most of all. He gave the best grizzly bear hugs and kisses, and his pride for these little ones was second to none. He loved watching his grandkids grow and discover new things of which he loved having a role. He especially loved watching his oldest granddaughter play volleyball.
Bruce Law was a man of strength and character for which his family can be proud. He will be remembered for one of his favorite quotes, “It’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick”, and his fun-loving and sharp wit. His family could not have asked for a better husband, father and grandfather to rely on, and the love and admiration he gleaned from others was a testament to his true spirit and integrity. In the words of his favorite author, J.R.R. Tolkien, “It is not the strength of the body, but the strength of the spirit.” Deeply missed and fondly remembered, Bruce’s heart lives on in the lives he touched.
Bruce D. Law, age 61, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, September, 19, 2015. Beloved husband of Darlene. Loving father of Jared Law, Amy (Mike) Turri, and Amber (Patrick) Gray. Dearest grandfather of Jacey, Lucas, Drew, Olivia, and Charlie. Cherished brother of Roy Law Jr. (Cindy), and Ed (Julie) Law. Gathering Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 5-7 pm at our Neely-Turowski Life Story Funeral Home - 45100 Warren Road (between Sheldon and Canton Center Roads). Memorial Mass Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 11:00 am at St Thomas a'Becket, 555 S. Lilley, (south of Cherry Hill). In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society are appreciated. To share a favorite memory or photo of Bruce and to sign his online guest book, please visit www.TurowskiLifeStory.com.