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Bruce Edward Wasinger Bruce went to join our Heavenly Father on April 20, 2013 at the age of 61. After a valiant fight that would test any man, Bruce left this world peacefully, surrounded by many who loved him. Throughout his life, Bruce was a dedicated long-distance runner. In 1996 he ran from Austin to Boston, "A Run for Leukemia Research," in honor of his father who succumbed to cancer the previous year. Bruce ran in marathons all over the country, and ran the Boston Marathon seven times. He ran 40 miles on his 40th birthday, and, cheered on by his family, 50 miles on his 50th birthday. The strong heart, steady pace, quiet strength and determination that fueled his running defined every aspect of his life. Bruce was born on February 7, 1952, in Hays, Kansas to Lubin and Virginia Dauber Wasinger. He grew up there with his two brothers, Lyle and Darrell. Bruce graduated from St. Joseph's Military Academy where he excelled in academics and basketball, and he received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy (Bull Six Squadron) to fulfill his dream of becoming an Air Force fighter pilot. An unfortunate shift in his eyesight redirected his life, so he transferred to Fort Hays State University where he continued his academic and basketball success. He received his law degree from Washburn University School of Law in 1977 and began his career at the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Kansas. In a chance visit that changed his life, Bruce came to Austin in 1980. He knew this was where he was meant to be and he began working for one of the predecessor agencies of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. At the time of his death, he was the General Counsel of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Previously, Bruce was a partner at Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP as well as a long-time attorney and manager with the Lower Colorado River Authority. Bruce was widely respected as an accomplished attorney and a recognized expert in Texas water law. Bruce and Shari were married on November 4, 2001, at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas. As faithful members of Riverbend they built a life together and shared a home on Lake Austin. Bruce took four lucky stepchildren into his heart and his home, and was respected, admired and loved by each of them. He freely shared his faith, wisdom, love and support, and was always there to lend a guiding hand when it was needed. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Lubin Wasinger. He is survived by his loving wife, Shari; his three stepsons, Troy Farr and wife Andrea, Grant and Matthew Gary; his stepdaughter, Gina Zelden and husband Matt; and his five grandchildren, Grace, Faith, Troy, David and Avery. His mother, Virginia Wasinger, and his two brothers, Lyle and Darrell Wasinger, also survive him. Those close to Bruce will always remember him for his compassion, faith and kindness. Bruce was a good man. "Well done, good and faithful servant!" The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Jack Bissett, Dr. Darren Kocs and Dr. David Tobey for their dedicated and loving care. A celebration of Bruce's life will be held in the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend Church on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (http://www.lls.org/).

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 25, 2013
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