- October 19, 1943 - January 3, 2013
- Dodgeville, Wisconsin
of Bruce's Passing
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“Mary, sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts...
1 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Kieffer - Friend
“Dear Mary and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Bruce. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
I wish I...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Kristine Fitzsimmons Tomnpkins
“Mary--Wishing you comfort, peace and strength in this sad time for you. The loving care your showed Bruce in his final days, was a tribute to the...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Martha (Schaaf) Hoeger - WI
“Memories of card playing with our Dad and Aunt Jean. Lunches at Old Country Buffet, you with a dinner plate of chocolate volcano cake. mmm. Childhood...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Lorella Bidwell - Sheboygan, WI
“Mary and family. I was so happy when you and Bruce met and then married. I could tell that you two were very happy together. I wish you could have...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Sandra Lindholm - Mineral Point, WI
“I met Bruce about 5 years ago doing some favors for a friend.
Bruce was a very nice person and friend.
He will be missed by myself and others...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Tom Cloutier - Dodgeville, WI
The Green Bay Packers, you're a die hard fan.
Greenery and flowers, a green thumb kind of man.
A...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Cassie Hubanks - Granddaughter
“I will always remember how happy Mary was when she told me she had met someone..that someone was Bruce. I don't know if I ever thanked Bruce for...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Judy Thomas - Friend
“I will miss spending time with you and Mary, our conversations, getting your views on the world. Also, the road trips, the meals we had together and...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Zona Schaumberg - friend
“I will so miss you Bruce
-the hugs and well wishing
-being my Brother-- a very special place
_the interest in your plants
...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Fritz Cox - Benton Harbor, MI
“Who’s going to be there?
Who’s going to get on their knees to plant the lily bulbs now that you’re gone?
Who’s going to throw the...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Knutson - Dodgeville, WI
“Bruce loved gardening and collecting coins. He also cheered the Green & Gold whenever he could and made sure any Bear fans within earshot knew how...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Jim Zoet - Friend, neighbor
Dodgeville – Bruce I. Powers, age 69, died at his home in Dodgeville on January 3, 2013 after being paralyzed from an accident in November. His wife, Mary and their faithful dog, Maggie were by his side.
Bruce was born on October 19, 1943 to Earl and Evelyn Powers in Madison and attended Madison schools while growing up. He served several years in the U.S. Army before returning to Madison. He married Lavina Mainwaring and together they raised 5 sons.
On June 27, 2009, Bruce married Mary A. Knutson, of Dodgeville and together they had many fond memories of gardening in the back yard, visiting local greenhouses and enjoying friends at the local Senior Center.
Bruce was well known for helping fellow members of AA and was always willing to talk to anyone in need. He was a member for over 25 years and believed in the program and how it helped others.
Bruce is survived by his wife Mary Knutson; his sons Clint (Mary Jo) Mainwaring, of Rio, Clem (Shelly) Mainwaring, of Steuben, Dusty Mainwaring, of Mt. Horeb, Reed (Linda) Powers, of Poynette and Dean Powers, of Spring Green; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. He is further survived by Mary's family, Kimberly (Howard) Haugstad and sons and Keri (Chris) Radtke and sons. Other survivors include his sister Lorella (Tom) Bidwell, his brother Brian Powers and his brothers-in-law Fritz Cox and Jon (Vicki) Cox.
Bruce will be missed by friends at church and AA, the Senior Center in Dodgeville and especially by his wife and special dog, Maggie. Even at the end, Maggie kept checking on him and waited for a pat on the head along with a treat. He had a very special friend, Dan Franks that was always there for him and made many phone calls and visits to him during his last weeks that were so much appreciated. Also helping in time of need were his neighbors, Jim and Michael Zoet and Scott Carey. What would we have done without our friends and neighbors?
Bruce will be cremated according to his wishes. His ashes will be spread in the back yard under the arbor where he will wait for Mary to join him.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the GORGEN-McGINLEY & AYERS FUNERAL HOME in Dodgeville with Pastor Leanne Rose officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until time of services.
"The road has been long and the journey has been hard, but what lies ahead is worth the wait."