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Bruce Ferguson

Bruce W. Ferguson

Saturday, June 20th, 1931 - Saturday, October 19th, 2019
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Bruce W. Ferguson, 88, of Naperville, IL, Winter, WI, and St. Pete Beach, FL, died Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Luther Manor. Private family services will be held.

Bruce was born June 20, 1931 in Chicago, IL, son of Joseph and Elspeth (Archer) Ferguson. He attended LeMoyne Elementary and graduated from Lake View High School, in Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque, his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University with doctoral work at The Ohio State University.

On August 7, 1954 he married Carol Capp and together they raised five children.
Bruce was a lifelong educator and mentor, teaching in the field of physical education for over 40 years.
Bruce was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Naperville and also belonged to the Illinois Association of Health Physical Education and Recreation where he served as President of the Midwest Region. He enjoyed his association with the University of Dubuque where he served in various capacities. He thoroughly enjoyed his summers at Pinecrest Resort on Barker Lake in Winter, WI which he and Carol operated for more than 40 years. He greatly enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and guests. He was also an avid swimmer and a big Cubs fan.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carol Capp Ferguson; four children, Sheri Garner and her children, Sarah (Kevin) Malia and their children, Rory and Tess; and Abigail Urban and her children, Nora and Grant; Beth (Lusmila) Ferguson and their children, Luciel, Veronica and her child Isabela, Christina, and Julissa; Gary (April) Ferguson and their children, Magdalena, Mateo, Miarosa, Micaela, Casper, Chadwick and Careabella; and Andrew (John Hoefler) Ferguson and their children, Megan Ferguson and Devyn, Austin, Jenna and Ethan Hoefler. He is also survived by a brother, Ronald (Dorothy) Ferguson of Port Charlotte, FL and a special former daughter-in-law, Clare Ferguson of Dubuque, IA.

In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by a son, Randy (in childhood).

Special thanks go to the wonderful staff at Luther Manor; Dr. Jacobitz-Kizzier, and Dr. Meurer; and the staff at Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

The family would also like to thank Bradley Rudi, good friend and helper in Winter, WI.
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Kathryn Kaffer

Posted at 12:02pm
Bruce, Ed Sellers, and Ambrose Bradenton must be holding Midwest Conventions, aka the biggest party they can, up there. Enjoy guys.

Kathy Kaffer
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Patti Evers

Posted at 11:22am
Dear Carol and Family,
I worked in Activities at Luther Manor last year and often talked with Bruce during lunch, encouraging him to finish so we could get him to an upcoming event (he loved to linger and just people watch rather than eat!). His smile and good nature were infectious! I will fondly remember him sitting in the center space each morning as I arrived, reading the paper and greeting me
with a smile.
Blessings and prayers to all.
Patti Evers
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Buzz Patterson

Posted at 11:21am
We are sorry to hear of Bruce's passing but we are comforted by great memories of family time with the Ferguson family. They always treated us as family members whether in Naperville, Winter or St Pete Beach. My children have terrific memories of the many years at Pinecrest and all the family oriented times there. Thanks be to a terrific and loving family....and blessings/thanks for Bruce's kindness and a life well lived.
Buzz Patters
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Diane L Gallagher

Posted at 09:00pm
Bruce inspired so many young people and even many adults. The way he brightened a room with his smile, the way he led groups of people to make wise decisions, and the love and respect he showed to all people gave me a role model to follow. I thank everyone who cared for him . As a leader at the University of Dubuque, his name was well known. My heartfelt sympathy to Carol and the family for the loss of a wonderful man. His memory will always be with me.
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bkgolfer81

Posted at 08:43pm
Bruce was always a perfect host when we visited you in Winter. Enjoyed our time with you all and getting to know the family. So glad Bruce was a part of our life. The Keller Family
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