In Memory Of

Bruce Davis Kasden

Duluth, Minnesota

Guest Book

Jo Walker

July 18, 2008 | Maplewood, MN

I regret to say that I just recently learned of Bruce's death. I am so saddened that I lost contact with him over the years. Bruce was not only my teacher and friend, but an inspiration as well. He was a true humanitarian whose passion for life, people and the environment went unparallelled. We had many wonderful conversations about society, philosophy and spirituality and he was probably one of the most positive individuals I've ever met. I will miss his kind and generous spirit and sincere...

Marie Stevens

May 14, 2008 | Cleveland, OH


How do you get a young woman unaware she has severe bipolar disorder who also develops social anxiety disorder after a traumatic event through five years of college alive and for the most part intact? You'd have to ask Bruce, because I'm still not sure entirely how or why he did it. While some talk about "what a shame" it is I had to drop out a semester before graduation, the stark fact is that it's amazing I made it that far alive and walked off...

Lynn Combs

December 26, 2007 | Enid, OK

Brucey, Bruce . . . what can I saw that hasn't already been said. At the age of 15 (1966), I started working for his Aunt Jody Carroll (our neighbor) at the Sonic Drive-In in Arkansas City, KS. He and his brother, Kenny, would visit her a couple of times. Later, when Jody moved back to Pine City, I, my parents, and my two sons, Justin and Brandon, made a trip up north to visit Jody and Aunt Louise. We were reacquainted with Bruce and Kenny at that time. He took my boys under his wing - even...

Cheryl Kohner

December 13, 2007 | Moose Lake, MN

Was thinking of Bruce the other day and I remember the first time I ever met him he was dressed-up as Santa. I thought that was so nice of him to be Santa for the local community. He did alot of good things for the community. He wasn't perfect, but he did his best. I believe we as a community learned alot from Bruce. It certainly is quiet and not the same since he left. He always made life alittle more interesting. God be with you Bruce. You are missed by many. Cheryl Kohner & family

Cathrine Estar

November 08, 2007 | Tucson, AZ

Brucie, my dear freind of 39 years, what will winter be like without your bright smile and funny antics. You were the first of Mark's friends I meet when I moved to LosAngeles as a young bride. He had said, "you must meet Bruce, he is amazing" and that began a life long friendship. So many memories, you could fix anything, food, cars, houses, and broken hearts. We moved to Arizona and you stated in touch - for taco treats. We always looked forward to your visits. What is he doing...

Judith Traxler Curtis

November 07, 2007 | St. Louis

Like Judy Lyngen/Renschler, my parents, Frank and Mary Ellen, and my sister, Karen, and I were neighbors of the Kasdens in Moose Lake in the late 1950's. My father went hunting with Bruce and Kenny and I remember one particular time we were out "plinking" bottles and tin cans in a gravel pit near Moose Lake. We were walking back to the car, via a "slough" when Bruce picked me up, 22 and all, and carried me so that my feet would not get wet and muddy. I was about 12 or...

Jill Ahlgren

November 05, 2007 | Cloquet, MN

"Jillsky, Jill-ski-mo, Ski-mo, and finally, SKEEM!" Bruce always greeted people with the most friendly and often bizarre opening statement. I love him so much. He was my best friend, my father figure in some ways, a travelling buddy, my partner in life in countless ways... Bruce enriched my life and I'm sure I his in his last 5 years here on the planet. I, too, like the Browns said, feel his presense. I feel like the most special person in the world to have had the priveledge...

Beth Brown

November 05, 2007 | Minneapolis, MN

"Bethy, you can do it!" I heard these words so many times throughout my lifetime...while I was learning to use my sit-and-spin at the age of 5, attempting to do better in high school, or applying for college...this was the mantra, "Bethy, you can do it!" Bruce, or "Uncle Bruce" as I have always called him never stopped encouraging me, pushing me, inspiring me, and loving me. No matter what I was doing in my life, Uncle Bruce always had positive words for...

Jon and Kathy Brown

November 02, 2007 | Edina, MN

Our family has been enriched by observing Bruce's intellectual and compassionate approach to living on this earth. We witnessed Bruce's open minded generousity towards hundreds if not thousands of people he encountered and sought out. Bruce is missed as one of a kind special friend who would virtually give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. We miss you Bruce but sense your being.


Bruce's Obituary

Bruce Kasden passed away in Duluth, Minnesota. Obit is featured in Duluth News Tribune.