Bruce C. Bort


BETHALTO — Bruce C. Bort, 73, passed away at 2:17 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Ralais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1940, in Bunker Hill, and was the son of the late Fred S. and Edith H. (Kirkwood) Bort.

He married Irene C. (Campbell) on Oct. 20, 1962, at Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill. She survives.

Bruce served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He then came back home and opened his business Bruce's Barber Shop in Bethalto from 1962 to 1969. After leaving the barber shop, he started work for the Alton & Southern R. R. out of East St. Louis as a train switchman and engineer for 32 years until 2001 when he retired. After retirement he barbered part time with his brother Fred. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto and was a volunteer Bethalto fireman. He loved to fishing with Bill and Kyle.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara Bort of Bethalto and Jaime and Andrew Kraut of Edwardsville; a daughter-in-law, Mary Bort of Carlinville; five grandchildren, Kasie, Kyle, Griffin, Ashlyn and Madalyn; one sister and brother-in-law, Helena and Rev. Walter DeMoss of Oswego, Ill., and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Sylvia Bort of Prairietown, and his twin Jerry and Joyce Bort of Rosewood Heights.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Bruce Christopher Bort, and son Bill Bort.

Visitation will be from 9 until time of funeral service at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Hofferber and Vicar Adam Ellsworth officiating.

Burial will be at Bunker Hill City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to "Pedal for the Cause" in Jaime Kraut's name, benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital, in which his daughter will be riding, and/or Zion Lutheran Church.

Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto will be in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences and guestbook may be found at

Funeral Home

Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Homes & Crematory
727 E Bethalto Blvd Bethalto, IL 62010
(618) 377-4000

Published in The Telegraph from July 7 to July 9, 2014