Bruce E. Apazeller, 71, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at his home in Fairview Heights, Ill.
He was born February 4, 1944 in Akron, Ohio, to John and Elizabeth Apazeller.
Bruce grew up in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Akron Central High School. After high school he joined the United States Air Force and served for 28 years. Bruce served in the Vietnam War and was the recipient of many medals and awards throughout his career in the military. He retired from Scott Air Force Base in 1990, achieving the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Bruce began work for Kansas City Southern Railroad where he quickly progressed his way from Yardman to Engineer until he retired for the last time.
Bruce married Kazumi in 1971 at Travis Air Force Base. They were happily married for 44 years.
Bruce was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers 109 and also part of the Management Team of Kansas City Southern Railroad. He enjoyed working on the computer, photography and planning family events.
Bruce was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Apazeller Jr.; his brother, Michael Apazeller; and his sister, Rita Alls.
Surviving are his wife, Kazumi, who was born in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan; his children, Mary (Preston) Steiger, Julia (James) Lester, Kirk Apazeller and Mark Apazeller; his brother, John (Cheryl) Apazeller; his grandchildren, Branden Janish and Bailey Apazeller; and his beloved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.gofundme.com/rvfxsz4k for Bruce Apazeller.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kasslyfuneral.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: A Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 at Kassly Mortuary, Fairview Heights, Ill., with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Interment will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
KASSLY MORTUARY, Fairveiw Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Dec. 23, 2015