Funeral service for Johnny Bruce, age 89 of Verden, OK, will be held at 2pm on Sat, Jan. 19, 2013, in the Verden First Baptist Church. Rev. Troy Taylor will officiate.
John Wesley was born the son of James Madison Bruce II and Mary Jane Carter Bruce on Feb. 15, 1923 on the farm west of Verden. He died on Jan. 15, 2013 at the family home west of Verden
Johnny grew up on the family farm west of Verden. He lived and worked on the farm for all but two years of his life. He raised milk cows, duroc hogs and various crops throughout the years. Even though he lost an arm at the cotton gin in Verden in 1941, he was able to operate the farm his whole life. Johnny attended the Verden First Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary Bruce, wife, Mary Bruce, son, Nicky Bruce, and siblings, Arabelle Henricks, Irene Davis, Elizabeth Wolfenburger, Gertrude DeBoard, James Madison Bruce III, Albert Bruce, and Bobby Bruce.
Survivors include daughter and husband, Bettie and Johnny Cannedy of Yukon; grandchildren and spouses, Kari Jane and Jeff Gifford of Houston, TX, Nancy and Scott Shedeck of Yukon, Nicole and Jason Mewhirter of Marlow, Tyanne Bruce and Steve Griggs of Mustang, and John W. Bruce III and Lauren Runquist of Verden; great grandchildren, Tristan Smith, Ethan Mewhirter, Seth Mewhirter, Molly Griggs, Sotheby Shedeck, and Fynnegan Shedeck; sister-in-law, Lucille Bruce of Enid.
Interment will be in the Memory Lane Cemetery in Anadarko. Service will be under the direction of the McRay Funeral Home, Chickasha.