In Memory

Bruce Celmer

Bruce Lee Celmer was born Feb. 4, 1960, in Tacoma, Wash. and died April 25, 2008, at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix from cancer.

Bruce was raised in many states as his father was in the military. He spent most of his teenage years in Oak Harbor, Wash., graduating from Oak Harbor High School. He was active in the school ROTC program and joined the Navy after graduation. He spent six years on active duty, serving both stateside and overseas.

After getting out of the Navy, he lived in Virginia for several years. He moved to Cottonwood in 1997 and made his home here since that time.

He was an active member of the Cottonwood Assembly of God Church.

He loved to work on and restore old cars. He had his own business in Cottonwood for several years.

Bruce is survived by his parents, Ron and Fay Celmer of Camp Verde and Oak Harbor, Wash.; sister Debbi Patterson, of Ferndale, Wash.; brothers Steven and Jim Celmer of Watugua and Fort Worth, Texas; and his maternal grandmother, Irene Martin of Yakima, Wash.

A memorial service will be held today, April 30, at Cottonwood Assembly of God Church at 3 p.m.

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05/12/08 09:18 PM #1    

Roberta Miller (Miller-Drake)

He will surley be missed. I always have a smile on my face when I think of the time he came to Texas to visit me. What a practical joker! When I came back home to Washington, he was living in AZ. He never failed to make time to see when he came to visit his parents. He even brought cookies the last time that he had made with his mom.

07/03/08 06:17 AM #2    

Kevin Marketon

The last time I saw Bruce was in the summer of 1986. I was bar-hopping in Georgetown (Wash DC area), and walking down the sidewalk when out of the blue I hear someone off in the distance yelling my name. Bruce spotted me in the crowd (I'll never know how), and was yelling at the through the sunroof of a VW bus. It was his bachelor party that night. He gave me his number, I called him later and found out he had a auto body shop in Alexandria, VA. We lost touch again after the Army transferred me from Maryland.

Bruce and I spent a lot of time together in high school, For three years, we watched MASH on Wednesday nights while we shined our shoes in preparation for the weekly NJROTC uniform inspection on Thursdays. He was a darned good guy, and I'm thankful that I had a chance to be his friend.

08/25/10 02:52 PM #3    

Pat James Hale

well as i remember bruce he was a fun guy to be around in high school, wish i was better at keeping in touch with him. my condolences to his family. but there is one good thing is that he is with Jesus now and i know i will see him when i get there.

                                                                                         miss ya buddy

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