Bruce Monroe

Bruce Denton Monroe, 81, returned to his heavenly home on August 30, 2015, after a valiant battle with a long illness. His devotion to his family and his belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
“I’ll be seeing you down the road,” was something that Bruce said to us during his last weeks. For someone who had sayings for almost every situation in life, it was another that showed his gentle and polite nature. That he would talk of such a difficult situation in a gracious way.
Bruce was born to the late Walter Lewis and Rebecca Dove Monroe, a hard-working Coal Miner and a homemaker respectively, in Itmann, West Virginia on March 10,1934.
He graduated from Itmann High School in 1951 and worked for the railroad. He enlisted into the Army in 1955 and was soon stationed in Rome, Italy. There he met and married Gianna, on February 28, 1959. ‘Take care of her, she’s my pride and joy’, he said to us at the end displaying his unending devotion.
They moved back to West Virginia for a short time, then Blissfield, Michigan, in 1960. There they settled and had twins: a son, Tracy and a daughter, Sabrina.
He worked in the banking industry for over 30 years, first starting at Sylvania Savings Bank. Due in part to his work ethic, loyalty and integrity he worked his way up to eventually becoming the president of Jipson Carter State Bank in Blissfield.
Bruce helped many in the community. Because of his integrity and humility, his kind deeds were not mentioned at home and it was only later, through others that we found out.
Bruce loved to meet and talk to people. So in his later years, working at Cabela’s Retail Store suited him. He was in front of people sharing his big heart and helping.
We will miss him the rest of our lives. But we gain strength, joy, comfort and hope that we will see him again in the Kingdom of Heaven. There, he now joins his father and mother, his brothers; Lonnie, Danny and James, his sisters; Betty and Emma Jane.
Bruce is survived by Gianna, Tracy and Tim as well as Sabrina and Joe.
There was a viewing at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield on Sunday, September 6 from 4-7 pm. The funeral liturgy for Bruce was offered on Monday, September 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Light of Christ Catholic Parish in Blissfield with Father Jeffrey Poll as celebrant. Burial ed follow in Pleasant View Cemetery in Blissfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Light of Christ Catholic Parish or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home, Blissfield. You may leave condolences to Bruce’s family at