Rev. Bruce L. Grauberger (80) of Loveland, CO passed away 1/10/14. Bruce, born 10/31/33, lived his youth in Simla and south Denver. A 1951 graduate of Denver South High School, Bruce met his wife of 58 years, Joyce Ellen Andersen, while attending Westmar College in LeMars, IA. Bruce & Joyce were married June 1, 1955 in Marshall, MN and raised a family of three sons, Eric, Marc and Brian. |
Bruce earned a Master of Theology degree from The Evangelical Theological Seminary of Naperville, IL in 1958. During their 40 year ministry, Bruce and Joyce served together in various capacities, including United Methodist churches in Security/Widefield ('58-'73), Westminster ('73-'84) and Castle Rock ('89-'95) and two missions in Indonesia ('92 & '97). Bruce also served as District Superintendent ('84-'89) for United Methodist churches in western CO, UT & southern WY.
A dedicated servant of the Lord and His people outside the church as well, Bruce was an active Rotarian ('76 -'13 & president of Castle Rock Rotary '93-'94), a Sertoma club member ('59-'73), sang with a number of barbershop quartets and choruses ('61-'13) & also served on the boards of Widefield School District # 3 ('67-'73; president '69-'73) & Adams County School District # 50 ('77-'84; president '78-'83).
Bruce was successful in his ministry & life by "... putting the love of God into people rather than scaring the hell out of them." He was also a master story teller. Bruce liked to say "There is no end to the good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit." as well as "God loves you and so do I."
A celebration of Bruce's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Loveland, 533 Grant Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
Memorials in Bruce's honor can be made to First United Methodist Church of Loveland (music program), Rotary International (polio project) and/or The Barbershoppers Harmony Foundation care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537.
Published in The Gazette on Jan. 14, 2014