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Bruce Albert Brandstrom



Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bruce Albert Brandstrom passed away Friday, September 25, 2015, at the age of 82 after a brief illness.   

 Bruce was born June 2, 1933, in Mt. Vernon, Washington, to Helen Mae (Clair) Brandstrom and Bror Albert Brandstrom.   He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and served honorably in the Air Force during the Korean War. He spent his career working for the United States Bureau of Reclamation, starting in Bremerton and transferring to Grand Coulee Dam in 1970, retiring in 1992. 

Throughout his life, Bruce enjoyed many outdoor hobbies, including hunting, fishing, camping, rose gardening, and flying.  Some of his proudest accomplishments were bringing down a moose in Alaska, and obtaining his pilot's license in the 1960s. 

The accomplishment that gave him the most pride was attaining and maintaining his sobriety, having just earned his 28-year medallion in August of this year.  He happily and willingly served as a mentor to many individuals in need, never judging but always offering support and kind words of wisdom.  His mark will remain forever on the hearts of those who have been positively impacted by his compassion and guidance.

Bruce is preceded in death by his father, Bror, and his mother, Helen.  

He is survived by his wife, Garnet of Grand Coulee; daughter, Sherry (Jim) Hendrix of Mt. Vernon, Washington; daughter, Linda (Nick) Berthron of Billings, Montana; daughter, Robyn Lee of  Spokane, Washington; and sister, Katherine (Earl) Curry of Burlington, Washington.  In addition, Bruce had the love of seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A service will be held on Monday, October 12, at 11 a.m., at Spring Canyon Cemetery.  A reception will follow at Pepper Jack's Bar & Grille in Grand Coulee. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grand Coulee Senior Center. 

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