Bruce Alan Buck, of Elkhart
March 12, 1961 — Feb. 19, 2016
Bruce Alan Buck, 54, of Elkhart, Indiana died at 1:18 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana following a brief illness.
He was born on March 12, 1961 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Owen L. and H. Jeanne (Freeze) Buck. On April 12, 1974, a bicycle/automobile accident left him paraplegic, but he continued with life, and was graduated from Niles High School in 1980. In 1983 he graduated from the Michigan Career and Technical Institute at Plainwell, Michigan and was employed for many years in Numerical Control Programing at Atlas Die, LLC in Elkhart, Indiana.
Bruce was a member of the Church of Christ in Niles. He continued to choose to live life as fully as possible, and travelled often — usually on cruises with his sister and her family. Those cruises included Alaska, and a helicopter ride which touched-down on a glacier. No matter where he visited, he never hesitated to ask for assistance from new friends when his challenges required help.
Surviving family includes his parents, Jeanne and Owen Buck of Niles; brother Charlie (Tiffiney) Buck of Berrien Springs, Michigan and sister Loni (Steve) Baker of Bluffton, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Bruce Buck will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at the Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Mr. David Thompson of the Church of Christ in Niles. Committal will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles
The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.