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Terry Kent Bruce
April 13, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Terry Kent Bruce, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on April 27, 2023, in Modesto, CA, due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident on April 13, 2023. Born on August 13, 1943, in Clinton, IL, Terry lived his 79 years without limits. Touching countless lives, his friendly demeanor, intelligence, and passionate spirit will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Terry was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Bruce, and step-son Todd Hallman. He is survived by his loving wife, Val Bruce; daughters Amanda Krodel of Cincinnati, OH, Brandee Moore of Steele, AL, and Nichole Lacy of O'Fallon, MO; son Matthew Bruce of St. Peters, MO; step-sons Doug Williams of Santa Barbara, CA and Troy Williams of Mint Hill, NC; sisters Darlene Loy and Barb Teuscher, both of Normal, IL; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Terry earned a BS and MS from SIU-Carbondale. He was a successful real estate broker for over 30 years, owning one of Groveland's first real estate offices, Pine Mountain Lake Realty. His impact on the industry was evident through his various leadership roles, including serving as the first president of the Hetch Hetchy Association of Realtors and earning their 2010 "Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame" award. He was also the former president of the Pine Mountain Lake Men's Golf Club and a 28-year advisor to the Pine Mountain Lake Environment Control Committee. Terry's commitment to his community extended to his active involvement in various charitable and service organizations and causes.
A talented musician, Terry enjoyed singing and playing guitar. He brought joy and entertainment to all who had the pleasure of hearing him perform.
Terry's enthusiasm for sports was evident, especially for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Growing up he was an accomplished athlete in baseball, basketball and track. As an adult that passion was carried over to softball and golf.
In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Terry Bruce's inspiring legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of his family, friends, and the countless lives he touched throughout his time on earth. May we all honor his memory by embracing his passion for life, learning, and love, and strive to leave our own trail for future generations to follow.