Bruce, Robert “Bob” age 66 of Andover, Minn passed away peacefully on Nov. 26 after fighting
a three-year-long cancer battle. Bob’s joy and dedication to life fueled his cancer battle and took
him to Philadelphia for treatment with the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. His
three-month prognosis of terminal Stage IV small bowel cancer turned into exactly three years.
Bob always viewed the odds with great confidence, faith, positivity and strength and spent his
time enjoying life to the fullest between treatments and surgeries. Family travels by motorhome,
plane, train and automobiles from NYC to the Emerald Coast to touring Mt. Rushmore by
helicopter and the pace of the Big Easy, days with Mickey to shelling on Sanibel Island, Smoky
Mountain rain and the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry: The life he gained, the life he shared, the
love he fostered for his family all while cancer took the back seat. He’d share with fellow cancer
patients, “Try and make the big “C” of cancer a little “c”.”
Bob was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 10, 1951 to Mary (Cox) Bruce and Robert
Peter Bruce. Bob enjoyed sharing stories of his childhood and playing as a child in Penn Hills.
He married his high-school sweetheart, Shirley (Bruce) Smith and had two sons, Kevin and
Steve Bruce. Bob and his wife raised their two boys in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania where Bob
remained active in community service. Bob and Shirley divorced in the late 90’s but retained a
friendship and mutual respect.
Bob enlisted and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and returned to Pittsburgh, PA
and enrolled in nursing school. Bob always had a strong passion in supporting the community in
various emergency services from his time as a volunteer firefighter, community ambulance
service EMT/RN and serving with StatMedEvac as a flight nurse. Bob worked almost three decades
as a pediatric critical care nurse at Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh and sharing his talents at the
University of Minnesota Children's Hospital.
Bob remarried on December 10, 1999 to his current wife, Adrianne (Schmidt) Bruce. He always
joked that he left the warmth of Florida to follow her to Fargo, North Dakota in the middle of
winter. He would tell people, “That’s love.” Bob passed just before their 18th year anniversary
which is the day of his funeral.
Bob leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Adrianne (Schmidt) Bruce and his stepchildren, Lawson
and Lauren Rainer; two grown sons, Kevin Bruce and Steve Bruce from his previous marriage
to Shirley (Bruce) Smith; five grandchildren, Whitney Bruce, Morgan Bruce, Emersyn Bruce,
Addisyn Bruce and Camden Bruce and five siblings, Marlene Bruce, Mary Lynn Rump, Patricia
Bruce, Beth Bisceglia and Terrence Bruce. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10. Visitation beginning at 3pm. Service at 5pm.
A Celebration of Life gathering following the service at The Lexington, Grand Ave. Cremains to
be placed in Ft. Snelling Memorial Wall, MN with honors. In lieu of flowers, please send
donations in his name to Ark on the River, 1128 Benton St, Anoka, MN 55303 to further their
work in end-of-life care.