Versailles lost a much-loved and highly-respected man Monday, March 6, 2017, when Merrill E. Bruce left this world. He was born Oct. 3, 1943, in North Vernon, to the late Willard Edgar and Georgia (Welch) Bruce.
Merrill married the love of his life, Linda Lohrum, on Feb. 1, 1964, in Olean, Indiana, and she survives at home.
He was a deeply devoted and dedicated 43 year member of Versailles First Baptist Church. He sang in the church choir for many years and also served as a past moderator, adult Sunday school teacher, and assistant treasurer.
Other memberships included the Versailles Lions Club and the Butlerville Masonic F. & A.M. Lodge #219, of which he was a 50 year member.
From 1971 through 1984, he worked at Ohio Rod in Versailles. Then in 1984, he started his own business, "Multiple Components Sales," which he ran and operated for 25 years.
His favorite hobby of all was "bass fishing!" He was a member of Bassmasters of Jefferson County. He competed in the Bassmasters Open at Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas numerous times and the Indiana Bass Federation/ top eight state team and the Hoosier Open Tournament.
He loved his church and community, but most of all his family. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Linda; son, Shannon Bruce of Ohio; and brother, Darrel (Margaret) Bruce of Westport.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. until the start of funeral services at noon on Friday, March 10 at Versailles Baptist Church. Burial will be at Greendale Cemetery of Osgood.
Memorials may go to the Versailles Baptist Church, Osgood Kiwanis, or Rescue 69.
Neal's Funeral Home has been blessed with having Linda work for them for several years, giving emotional support and spiritual strength to the many families they have served. Their prayers, love and peaceful wishes are with her at this time.
Arrangements by Neal's Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.nealsfuneralhome.net.
Published on March 7, 2017