Bruce Donald Kroese
April 10, 1970 – January 12, 2021
Bruce was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 10, 1970, to Don and Sheryl Kroese and was the oldest of nine children. Bruce studied at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Advertising/Journalism and an MBA with an emphasis in Agribusiness. Bruce joined Union Pacific Railroad in 2000, holding several positions throughout his tenure. Bruce and Shawntell were married in 2008 and raised four kids together, Ellie, Reese, Hadley, and Landon.
Bruce was so many things to so many people. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, and uncle; a thoughtful and trusted friend; a wise mentor. He was honest, genuine, introspective, funny, and incredibly generous, and wise. Bruce loved spending time with his family and attending his kids’ activities. Bruce approached everything in life with an innate curiosity. He was always thinking deeply to find the meaning, the history, and the facts no matter what the topic and challenged those around him to do the same. Bruce was the first one to volunteer to pick up the tab at a restaurant or give to others in need. He offered wisdom and a unique perspective to anyone asking his advice. Bruce had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh; his unique ‘giggle’ was endearing.
Bruce was a man of strong faith; he loved God and he tried to live in a way that was pleasing to the Lord. Bruce will be missed tremendously by all those who knew and loved him.
Preceded in death by grandparents, Harlan & Goldie Doeschot, Marius & Gladys Kroese; sister, Katherine Kroese. Survived by wife, Shawntell, daughters: Ellie Pichler, Reese Pichler, Hadley Kroese; son, Landon Kroese; parents, Don & Sheryl Kroese; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tim & Pam Hurtgen; brothers, Kase (Alison) Kroese, Zach Kroese; sisters: Angie Kroese, Rebecca (Ryan) Revis, Deborah (Dusty) Fahrnbruch, Hannah (Jon) Jessen, Abigail (Joseph) Harris, Gretchen (Will) Haer; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Visitation Sunday, Jan 17th 2:00-4:00 PM. Funeral Monday, Jan 18th at 11:00 AM all at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108 St. in Omaha, NE. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park. Bruce loved watching his children’s activities. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting any memorials be made to the family to support his children’s activities. https://gofund.me/166ee374
For those not attending in person, the funeral will be live-streamed. To view the live broadcast of the Services, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click on the “View Live Service” button on the home page.