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Bruce Churchill

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Bruce Dennis Churchill Bruce D. Churchill, 61, took his last earthly breath, at his home in Strathmore on Monday June 17th 2013. He walked through the mist, into the arms of the Lord where, once again, he is with his son, Joel. Bruce was born on November 23rd, 1951 in Lindsey California. He was raised and lived in Visalia for most of his life. Bruce inherited his musical talent from his mother's side of the family, learning to play the piano, organ and trumpet as a young boy. Later in life, his continued love for music and the Blues drew him to learn the guitar, banjo, mandolin and the harmonica. He married the love of his life, Rose Allen, on January 14th 1971. Bruce and Rose lived life to the fullest with a true and strong love seen by all who knew them for the next 42 years. Bruce became an Airman First Class while in the Air Force from 1974 through 1976. During most of his military career he was stationed at Lakenheath Air force Base in Newmarket England with his wife, Rose, and son, Joel. Moving to Texas in 1977, Bruce became a father for a second time when his son, Jesse, was born. Bruce loved working with his hands. It was this love that drew him to carpentry work and the never ending journey of building any kind of car or motor cycle he wanted. He was a wonderful teacher and loved teaching anyone who took the time to listen. Bruce's favorite pastime was spending time with his family. He enjoyed playing music with his son, Joel and several brothers-in-law. He also enjoyed working on cars and dirt bikes with his son, Jesse. Bruce, Rose and their sons spent many vacations camping and riding dirt bikes. His love for grandson, Jaden, drew him to teach all he knew about living in the country, from shooting a shot gun to building a tree house. Bruce worked as a carpenter for Tulare County for 25 years. After retiring from the County, he continued staying active by being something he dreamed of as a youngster… a big rig truck driver. Bruce was not a religious man, but he had a very close relationship with Jesus Christ. He loved God, family and close friends with a great passion. His sense of humor and authenticity were enjoyed by all of those who knew him. He was a truly successful and wealthy man as measured by the quality of his relationships, the passion with which he lived his life and the legacy he left his loved ones. Bruce was preceded in death by his oldest son, Joel. He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his wife Rose Churchill, son, Jesse Churchill, parents, Clyde and Elouise Churchill, Brother, Brent (Lauren) Churchill, grandson, Jaden Churchill, daughter-in-law Jami Churchill, numerous nieces, nephews and many other family and friends who loved him dearly. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel, Visalia. Memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013 at First Christian Church, 1023 N. Chinowth, Visalia. Graveside service and reception will immediately follow the Memorial service. Condolences may be e-mailed to info@salseranddillard.com

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on June 22, 2013
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