Bruce Oldenburg, age 81, of Glendive, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings surrounded by his family.
Bruce was born in Tyler, Minnesota to Louie and Betty (Newton) Oldenburg on July 16, 1939, the oldest of three children. His early education years were completed in rural Minnesota. At the age of 15, Bruce moved with his family to Glendive and entered DCHS as a Sophomore. During his High School days, he ran track and placed second in the Mile at the State Meet, holding the school record for a number of years. Bruce loved working on cars and was a self-taught mechanic. He turned his hobby into a profession working for Milne Implement for over 30 years before his retirement in 2002. Bruce married Elaine Goosen in July of 1963 and to this union, two daughters were born: Becky and Bobbie.
Bruce was very active all his life, even crawling up on the roof to replace a shingle a week before he passed. He loved watching his grandsons at sporting events and enjoyed fishing and bowling. Bruce enjoyed teaching the people around him about anything and everything. His family and friends would say that he was patient and kind in any circumstance.
Bruce was preceded in death by: his parents, Louie and Betty Oldenburg, father and mother-in-law, John and Cedelia Goosen, and brothers-in-law, Melvin Miller, Delmar Goosen, and Budd Staehnke.
Bruce is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Elaine, daughter Becky Smith of Watford City, ND, daughter Bobbie Herreid (Troy) of Chandler, AZ, grandson Dillon Bruce Smith (Christina) of Spearfish, SD, grandson, Tate Herreid of Chandler, AZ, sister, Fayette Miller of Glendive, brother, Francis Butch (Joann) Oldenburg of Coon Rapids, MN, sister-in-law, Jane Staehnke of Glendive, Sister-in-law, Marilyn Goosen of Phoenix, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.
Bruce will be buried at Dawson County Cemetery at 2 PM on Wednesday April 21st. A viewing will be held for any who wish to pay their respects in the cemetery chapel from 11 AM to 2 PM on the same day.