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Bruce loved life, family and friends. Bruce closed his eyes and made his final voyage to and was received by his Savior, December 7, 2012. Bruce was born January 28, 1935 to Imogene (Ashe) and Arthur Laubenheimer in Queens, NY.
His service to his community was established in his youth as he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Upon his graduation from Robert S. Simpson High School, Huntington, NY he received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), Kings Point, NY. While attending USMMA he was a member of the USMMA pistol team and graduated in 1957 as a Naval Engineer and commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy. Bruce was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. Bruce started his career at the Cape Canaveral-Kennedy Space Center with Sperry Gyroscope in 1959 and started working for NASA in 1963. He retired in 1999 from NASA and was privileged to work on the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Lab and the Shuttle programs as an Engineer.
He was active in the community and held positions in the following organizations; a founding member of the Cocoa Beach JC's, a founding Member of Trinity Presbyterian Church Satellite Beach, Coach Patrick AFB Junior Rifle Coach, President Florida State Small bore Rifle Association, Director, KSC KARS Park Rifle and Pistol Association, President of Florida State Rifle Association, and served as the Merritt Island JROTC Rife Team Coach. Bruce was a member of the Space Coast USMMA Alumni Association. Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel in 2011.
Bruce's other passions were service to the Freemasons. He had been involved with them since August of 1970 when he became an Entered Apprenticed Mason. He continued to work as a Mason to become a Master Mason in October of 1970. Bruce was a Member of three local Masonic Lodges including his home Lodge, Canaveral Masonic Lodge F&AM of Florida. He also became a Scottish Rite Mason, Eminent Commander in the York Rite and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, where in each one he held numerous offices and positions of responsibility. In the Canaveral Masonic Lodge, he was the Worshipful Master in the years of 1974 and 2006. His major passion was Lodge Instructor where he helped New Mason to become Better Masons and Men. In his support of the Grand Lodge of Florida Bruce currently held the position of Grand Sword Bearer. He was also a Past Patron of Canaveral Chapter Number 297 Order of the Eastern Star of Florida.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Imogene and Arthur; aunt, Edith (Best); sister, Carol (Bausch) and her husband Jack.
Bruce is survived by his Loving wife and High School Sweetheart, Evelyn of 58 years; and his sons, Bruce Jr. (Kerry), children, Kevin and Allison; son, Steven (Linda), children, Steve Jr., Michelle; daughters, Joyce (Bill) Myers, children, Brandy, William, Lindsey, Dustin; daughter, Fara (Charles) Chambliss, child, Chase; Bausch Family, Janet (Ronda), John III (Mariana), Jessica (Tom) Tarter, Richard (Kim) this includes 15 grandchildren, and many wonderful cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends during visitation on Thursday, December 13, 2012 beginning at 5 pm until 7 pm at the Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach. On Friday, December 14, 2012 a Military/Masonic /Eastern Star service will be held at the Cocoa Beach Community Church, 126 South A1A, Cocoa Beach, FL at 3 pm. Immediately following the memorial service, a Celebration of Life, will be held at the Canaveral Masonic Lodge, 149 Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach from 5-7 pm.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Bruce to the following charities: MMRL, Media Lab, Ithaca New York; Shriners Hospital; the Masonic Home, St. Pete, FL; or the Canaveral Masonic Lodge, Cocoa Beach.
You may sign Bruce's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2012