Nathan Ernest Bruce, D.O.

Nathan Ernest Bruce, D.O.

August 21, 1982 – January 17, 2020


Passed away at his home as a result of a heart attack.

Survived by wife, Marin J. Broucek; son, Camden D. Bruce; parents, Donna and Doug; brothers, Michael (Tera) and David (Sonya); nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Janice McKenney and Willard Broucek.

MEMORIAL SERVICE: Tuesday, January 21st, 11am, at the West Center Chapel.  Memorials will be directed by the family.



  • PJ Malin MD Posted January 18, 2020 2:53 pm

    To Marin and family:
    I had the good fortune of being able to supervise Nathan during his residency. Our patients absolutely adored him as did I. He was amazing in so many ways but what I’ll remember most was his laidback nature, gentle soul…and his love for Marin. This strong, commanding physician melted into a giant teddybear when talking about her. I’m truly grateful to God that He allowed my path to cross Nathan’s. I will forever be the better for it. Marin and family, when the sorrow fades may you remember his gigantic smile and twinkling eyes. With eternal gratitude and love, PJ Malin MD

  • Jamie Snyder Posted January 18, 2020 2:58 pm

    I am so sad to hear of Nathan’s passing! I enjoyed working with him very much, both as a resident and after graduating! I will miss his quick wit and sarcasm, and his periodic texts to bug me about one thing or another. He will also be sorely missed as a teacher! The residents always enjoyed working with him and learned a lot from him! The world is a smaller place without him!

  • Chris Sintek and family Posted January 18, 2020 3:23 pm

    Prayers to you Mike and your family during this difficult time!

  • Edee Formell Posted January 18, 2020 4:55 pm

    So sorry for the tremendous loss to the Bruce family. Nate was such a sweetheart and good person! Our family will hold your family in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all you in this time of grieving.

  • Varun Monga Posted January 18, 2020 6:30 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. God bless you and your family.

  • Karim Abbas Posted January 18, 2020 7:17 pm

    As Nathan’s friends, we’re all full of sorrow and heartache regarding his loss. He was a great friend, colleague and a wonderful human being. Please accept our deep condolences. RIP Nate!

  • Julie reeg Posted January 18, 2020 8:00 pm

    when my son David Biede played ball with Mike we called Nathan “little Brice”. Thoughts and prayers to Doug Donna and all the family.

  • Joseph Barth Posted January 18, 2020 9:05 pm

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Nathan and I were friends and teammates back in high school. My memories of him were hard working and just fun to be around. I am sorry for your loss, a great guy left us too soon.

  • Sheila Willmott Posted January 19, 2020 6:46 am

    My heart felt sympathy and prayers to Dr. Broucek and her family at this time of sadness.

  • Lee Trunkenbolz Posted January 19, 2020 7:23 am

    I so sorry to here about Nathan Bruce. I worked in Kearney for Michael Bruce at the furniture store. Again so sorry!

  • David Marshall Posted January 19, 2020 7:28 am

    To Dr. Broucek, Camden, and all of the remaining family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Bruce was really someone that I and I’m sure countless others admired. We are all better for the time we were able to spend with him. On a personal level, he made me a better doctor and will be greatly missed. Please accept my deepest sympathies in this difficult time.

    David Marshall

  • Sonya Bruce Posted January 19, 2020 3:06 pm

    Please join the family as we continue to celebrate the life of Nate. We will be meeting at Nate’s favorite bar, Pat & Mike’s following the reception. 9136 Bedford Ave Omaha

  • Judith Milandre Posted January 19, 2020 3:26 pm

    So sorry Marin and Camden, for the loss of your husband and Daddy. Gerard and I send our love. You are constantly in our thoughts at this tough time.

  • Susan Gaspar Burckhartzmeyer Posted January 19, 2020 4:29 pm

    Marin and family,
    I am so sorry and shocked to hear this. You will all be in our thoughts during this difficult time.
    Brian, Susan, and Kaitlyn Burckhartzmeyer

  • Don and Julie Nind Posted January 19, 2020 4:35 pm

    Sending our love and condolences to Marin, Camden and Nathan’s family, with love from Norfolk UK x

  • Rod and Joan Alton Posted January 19, 2020 7:40 pm

    We send you Marin our sincere sadness for the loss of your husband Nate. We pray for you and your son Camden in the days ahead without Nate. Lord bless you. Uncle Rod and Aunt Joan in the Sault.

  • Terri Trunkenbolz Posted January 19, 2020 8:21 pm

    Sorry to here about Michael Bruce’s Brother Nathan sending prayers to family 🙏

  • Faiz Qadri, MD Posted January 19, 2020 8:44 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Marin. Dr Bruce was a great resident of our program and as a psychiatrist, he helped so many patients who were struggling with sever mental illness. He was kindhearted and always put patients first. He will be missed.
    Marin, please stay strong. You and your family are in our prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. May God give you strengths in this difficult time.

  • Brett McCarthy Posted January 19, 2020 9:28 pm

    Too many fond memories of time spent with Nate both as teenagers and adults to recall them all. I have not and probably will not meet a better listener than Nate. His attention, advice, and support as a friend were second to none. It’s so great to read these condolences and see these traits carried directly over to his professional career as well. Marin, Camden, and entire Bruce family will always be in my thoughts and I hope his passions live on through you all. I’m thankful for the time we shared as friends and even roommates at one point. Deepest sympathies.

  • Barb Westman Posted January 19, 2020 9:40 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Nathan’s passing. My son Levi was in Boy Scouts with him, they were good friend,, went to school together. Condolences!

  • Marg Forseth Posted January 19, 2020 10:39 pm

    Marin. I am so shocked & devastated for you. Having lost the love of my life & my precious daughter I am only to familiar with death of people before their time. I ache for you and send all my love to you at this time. If I could be of any help with a talk or in anyway, I would be more than happy to do so. Love & prayers are headed your way !!! Love MArg

  • Greg Maki Posted January 20, 2020 6:19 am

    Nate joined Delta Chi with me at the University of Minnesota. I haven’t spoken with him since college but have fond memories of him. Everyone liked him. Everyone. I can’t imagine how your family is dealing with this sudden loss. I am so sorry.

  • Molly Britton Posted January 20, 2020 2:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about this terrible loss. I worked with Dr. Bruce for 3 years during residency – he was an incredible mentor, educator and physician. With his witty humor he made learning a fun experience and was inclusive of everyone. His legacy will live on through the thousands of lives he already touched and will continue to touch with the knowledge and wisdom he has spread in his former students and patients.

  • Barbara Sergeant Posted January 20, 2020 2:29 pm

    To the Bruce Family, my very deepest sympathy at the loss of Nathan!! My greatest connection with him was when he was in my first grade classroom. What a delight he was!! I knew then he would do great things for many people in his life. I didn’t have the chance to observe him working with patients, but through many of the comments, I am hearing the same traits I saw in him as a child! We all are so fortunate to have had time knowing Nathan. His kindness, compassion, and twinkle in his eyes will always remain with me. I’m very sorry because of previous obligations here, I cannot attend his service. My thoughts, prayers, sympathy, and love are with all of you!!

  • Deana Strasser Posted January 20, 2020 2:38 pm

    So very sorry for your loss!!!

  • Sherry Glasnapp Posted January 20, 2020 2:51 pm

    My deepest sympathies. My prayers that memories of how he touched all he loved will comfort you in this time of loss

  • Bradley Lindblad Posted January 20, 2020 3:56 pm

    We were blessed to Dr. Bruce and his wife help us over the holidays with coverage at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings. He was amazing with patients and staff. Even went the extra mile and traveled to Omaha for a patient care issue. Prayers to his Family may the light show through in this dark moment.

    Brad Lindblad
    Mary Lanning Healthcare

  • Brandie McCoy Posted January 20, 2020 6:06 pm

    My heart breaks for the Bruce family. Prayers to his wife and son, his parents and brothers. God must of needed a healer in Heaven. Prayers to all those left here to mourn his death.

  • Cheryl Davenport Posted January 20, 2020 7:12 pm

    Our Sympathies to you and your son at this time of great loss. Prayers being sent your way. Cheryl and Jim Davenport

  • Craig and Roma Ferguson Posted January 20, 2020 8:42 pm

    With the deepest sympathy to such a wonderful family! We will never forget our experiences, adventures with Nate as a teenager in church youth group ski trips! He was a listener, prankster, engager in deep conversations. Intelligent beyond his years!
    Donna, Doug, our hearts are heavy for you all. We know how proud you were of him.
    We will keep you in our prayers!

  • Marti Christensen Posted January 20, 2020 10:06 pm

    So sorry for you loss! Sending prayers, may you find comfort in your memories!

  • LaVetta Garrison Posted January 21, 2020 9:01 am

    I ‘m so sorry to hear about Nate.
    Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  • Martin Wetzel Posted January 21, 2020 9:56 am

    My deepest sympathies to the loved ones of Nate. During residency Nate did a rotation with me at the prison in Lincoln, where he was a joy to work with, professional and positive, and where he quickly took other trainees there under his wing. His persistent advocacy for his patients was an honor to our profession. We share in this loss.

  • Jason Schlekewy Posted January 21, 2020 10:10 am

    I knew and lived with Nate for a few years while in college at the University of Minnesota. Our prayers are with his family and we will miss our old friend.


    Jason Schlekewy

  • Robert Moseley Posted January 21, 2020 4:01 pm

    Nate was one of my best friends throughout college and the following years, we lived together for several years, and even though we went our separate ways, every time I’d see a text or a call from Earnest Bruce (he called me by my first name Wiley as a long-running joke, so I called him Earnest) it would put a smile on my face.

    Nate’s trademark dry sense of humor and his ability to keep a straight face while saying something absurd are making me laugh right now as I reminisce. He was just one of those people you just enjoyed being around, I’m not quite sure how to explain it, but there was a profound likeableness about him that is rare in people. I’m really going to miss him and I wish I could say goodbye. He will be profoundly missed and the world lost one of its best.

    Miss you buddy.

  • Aimee Mohr Posted January 21, 2020 8:00 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Nathan Bruce. To his wife and young kiddo, Doug and Donna, and his brothers and their families David and Mike, the memories I have of him are nothing short of adventurous. He was like a little brother to me growing up next door to you guys. Praying you find peace during this tremendously sad time and may the legacy of Nathan live in each of us.

  • Aly Hassan Posted January 22, 2020 1:25 am

    I will remember Nathan as a dedicated kind physician. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  • Monica Arora Posted January 22, 2020 4:20 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Nate’s family and friends. Deepest condolences 🙏

  • Benn Posted January 24, 2020 5:35 pm

    Dr. Bruce was an honor to work with and so enjoyable to be around. He had made a lasting impact on so many people’s lives and will be dearly missed remembered by many.

  • Cassandra Avery Posted January 29, 2020 9:38 pm

    I had the joy of working with Nathan years ago in MN as his supervisor. We stayed in contqct awhile after he left for med school. Unfortunately, we fell out of touch years ago, but I always knew he was doing great things, wherever he was. Knowing he had an impact on students and his patients in such a positive way is completely aligned with what i saw in him 12 years ago. Compassion, intuition, patience, and always ready with a deadpan comebqck. I truly missed him, but am glad that so many were impacted by him. Sincerest thoughts and condolences.

  • Joan webb Posted January 31, 2020 4:10 pm

    I am so sorry for your sudden loss . Sending prayers to you and family.

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