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Bruce Kolbus

BLOOMINGTON — Bruce W. Kolbus, 63, of Bloomington, passed away suddenly March 20, 2017, at his home.

He was born July 2, 1953, in Oak Park, to Howard and Ruth Kolbus. As a special needs child, he was cared for lovingly by his parents until their passing. Bruce attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Bloomington and graduated from Normal Community High School in 1972, did some course work at Illinois State University, and then worked at The Eureka Co. for many years until its plant relocation. He then did additional course work at Heartland Community College. In his mother’s 2014 obituary it was noted she raised four rambunctious boys. Bruce was definitely one of them.

Bruce is survived by his three brothers, Gregg (Carol) Kolbus, Duane (Rhoda) Kolbus and Brian (Jennifer) Kolbus, and six nieces and nephews.

Bruce enjoyed needlepoint and had a love for all types of books. He was an information-o-holic and was always ready to share that information with friends and acquaintances with enthusiasm!

The family would like to thank all of the folks at Bickford House for making his apartment his home. Also thanks to his close friends at the town of Normal and the old neighbors on Hedgewood Drive who accepted Bruce with open arms.

Bruce’s funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, with Pastor Billy Newell officiating, with visitation prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.

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