William George Bruce

April 2, 2022


William “Bill” George Bruce, 78, passed away April 2, 2022. He was born February 8, 1944 in Great Falls, MT to the late Herb and Dorothy Bruce.

In 1963, Bill started his 41 year career with the BNSF Railroad as a district lineman. It was through this career that he met and married the love of his life, Rose. Bill and Rose were married in 1965 and spent a wonderful 57 years together. A product of their love was their two daughters, three grandchildren, and great granddaughter.

Bill enjoyed reading, hunting, golfing, and was an avid bowler. He bowled his entire life, including 44 years with Rose, and he was the first person to bowl a 300 game on a sanctioned league at the Pin & Cue in Whitefish. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to joke and make people laugh. He had a witty comeback for just about everything.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Rose Bruce (Herman); daughter, Shelly Hobbs; daughter, Lorrie Jones (Eddie); three grandchildren: Shelby Fitchett (Matthew), Jordan Jones, and Jaycee Jones; and great-granddaughter
, Rylee Fitchett. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by sister, Donna; and brother, Richard.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Columbia Mortuary, 1010 4th Avenue West, Columbia Falls, MT 59912. Family and friends may begin arriving on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. To send online condolences, please visit

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