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Bruce Charles Herzog, age 60, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Monday, November 12, 2012. Bruce was born in Fond du Lac, WI on September 24, 1952, the only son and middle child born to Charles V. and Helen Jean (Gutsch) Herzog. Bruce attended Dale School, and Roosevelt Junior High in Oshkosh. He was a graduate of Oshkosh High School (class of 1970) where he was active in a cappella choir, band, and stage crew and served as manager of the Oshkosh High baseball team. While in high school, Bruce was a member of the Oshkosh Warriors Drum and Bugle Corps.
After high school Bruce attended Brown Institute in Minnesota, where he earned his first class F.C.C. license. Bruce went on to work primarily as an engineer at radio and television stations in the Midwest (Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Michigan), and in Florida.
Bruce joined the U.S. Army where he served his country for five years on active duty. He joined the Army as a communications specialist mostly making training films but also filming part of President Jimmy Carter's inauguration. The highlight of his military service was serving for three years in Armed Forces Radio in West Berlin, Germany, where he got extra practice in the high school German he learned at Oshkosh High School. He got a part-time job tending bar in a local German tavern. He delighted in being mistaken for a German native and often had to pull out his U.S. military I.D. to show that he was an American citizen and German was his second language.
Following his military service, Bruce returned to Oshkosh to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Radio, TV, and Film at U.W.- Oshkosh. Bruce enjoyed music, especially 60s folk and country. He often traveled to Nashville to hear up and coming bands. He played guitar and sometimes composed original songs.
Despite his many allergies, Bruce loved to be around his sisters' cats and dogs and loved giving them treats. Bruce, like his dad, enjoyed playing cards, especially gin rummy, cribbage, and sheepshead. He loved anything electronic and went back to school to become an electronic technician. He built at least 2 computers of his own.
Bruce loved watching sports, especially baseball and football. He followed all the games of the Brewers and Packers. He was especially interested in statistics of the teams. Bruce enjoyed reading, especially westerns. He also enjoyed photography and watching movies. He was a past member of the Elks Club and the Oshkosh Eagles Club.
Although his health declined in recent years, Bruce remained upbeat and never complained about his health condition. He was always willing to help others with his knowledge of electronics. Bruce had a good sense of humor and a hearty laugh to go with it.
The family extends a special thanks to the Living Healthy Clinic (Dr. Hughes and Nurse Sylvia), Dr. Richard and Ann Tulip, Dr. Mike Duffy, Dr. Charles Hejny, Dr. Eric Larson, and Dr. Sean Halpin for their compassionate and supportive treatment of our brother.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Jean and Charles Herzog. He is survived by two sisters: Barbara of Oshkosh and Beverly (Craig Cutbirth) of Champaign, Illinois; and an uncle, aunts and numerous cousins. Bruce's longtime best friend, Clayton Hannes of Milwaukee also survives. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Herzog Family Fund at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.
Visitation will be held at Seefeld Funeral Home at 1025 Oregon Street from 5-7 PM on Friday, November 16, 2012. A brief memorial service will be held at 7 PM on Friday with Rev. Carol DiBiasio-Snyder officiating. Condolences may be expressed at www.seefeldfuneral.com.
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2012
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