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133 E. Orchard Street
P.0. Box 217
Delton, MI 49046
Phone: (269) 623-5461
Fax: (269) 623-3188
Bruce Drenten

Bruce Jack Drenten

Thursday, November 14th, 1940 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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BRUCE JACK DRENTEN

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, Bruce Jack Drenten, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away at the age of 79. His final days were spent surrounded by family that Bruce had touched in some small way throughout his very memorable life. Bruce was born on November 14, 1940, in East Grand Rapids, MI. He received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Western Michigan University and dedicated 30 years of Engineering to Steelcase in Grand Rapids, MI. On April 22, 1977, he married the love of his life, Judy Drenten. They raised three beautiful children together: Terry, Tracie and Mark. Bruce had a passion for fishing, hunting and inventing. He was a quiet reserved man, who was an avid fisherman that enjoyed spending time on the open waters with the tranquil sounds of nature surrounding him. Bruce also enjoyed his time in the woods hunting in the quiet spaces of his property. He had an inspiring inventive soul and his many ideas and creations inspired generations of creators. Bruce’s ideas were always unique and valuable whether he was creating new designs for his work at Steelcase, inventing exceptional bird houses, or the many inventions to use around his property and home. Bruce was also a dedicated U.S. Army Veteran. His family was incredibly important to him and he always kept them close to his heart. They will always remember his laughter, stubbornness, quick wit, infectious smile, kind and compassionate spirit and courage to fight whatever life threw at him. He was the pillar of his family and was encircled by love, devotion, and will be greatly missed. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, James and Anna Drenten, as well as his loving sister-in-law, Sheila Drenten. He is survived by his wife Judy Drenten, his three children, Terry (Mike) Sanford, Tracie (Todd) Sparks, Mark (Debra) Drenten, his brother Jimmy Drenten, sister Jean (Bob) Potter, 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020, at Thornapple Valley Church, 2750 M-43, Hastings, MI, 49058, at 4:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to join for a “Celebration of Life” gathering immediately following until 9:00 PM at 608 S. Bassett Lake Road, Middleville, MI, 49333. Please visit www.beelergoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Bruce’s family.
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    Friday, August 14th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, August 14th, 2020 4:00pm
    Location
    Thornapple Valley Church
    Address
    2750 M-43
    HASTINGS, MI 49058
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Joe & Carol, Dave & Janet, Pat & Kelly and Monty Sanford

Posted at 07:42pm
Judy & Family - Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

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Jay Rynbrandt

Posted at 07:09pm
Bev and I are saddened to learn of Bruce’s passing. We offer our prayers of love and healing to Judy and the family and will cherish our many fond memories. Cousin Bruce has been a good friend and buddy all of my life. I will miss him greatly. We played together as kids, and our young teen years at Brower lake were some of the best of my life: We water skied until we ran out of gas, then played ball tag or caught turtles & frogs ‘til dinner, and after dinner we bass fished into darkness. We took camping and fishing adventures in Bruce’s ’38 Ford, which burned a little oil, but always seemed to get us home. We’ve talked frequently over the past few years, and I will deeply miss hearing his warm and calm voice over the phone—a lot like his father, Uncle Jim. Bruce lives on in my heart, and Bev and I share Judy’s loss of someone so special.

Jay and Bev Rynbrandt
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Judy Hoff

Posted at 05:53pm
Sorry for your loss Judy, Bruce was a very nice guy and he will be missed by all who know him. Sorry I will not be able to come to the gathering because of my health but I will be talking to you later. Take care and hang in there,Its hard I know, God will be looking over you.

Sharon Morgan

Posted at 12:05pm
Bruce was always the silent guy, always thinking but ready to laugh with you and sometimes at you, but only in good humor, I know that he will be sadly missed by his loved one. My Heart and prayers go out to all of you. Love the Morgans
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Ernestine E Scheerhorn

Posted at 11:17am
Judy, we are so sorry for your loss. Bruce was a wonderful person. Your memories will be in your heart forever and help you get through this difficult time.
Dale and Ernestine Scheerhorn
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