Visitation11AM-1PM - Saturday, February 4 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson
Funeral Services1PM - Saturday, February 4 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson
Bruce M. Isom, age 76, of Woodbury, MN, formerly of Coon Rapids, MN, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN, surrounded by his family.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Pat (Nelson) Isom; children: Mary (Rick) Lund, Linda Jones, Jeffrey (Christina) Isom, and Todd (Tammi) Nelson; grandchildren: Rayne (Jen) McCartney, Dustin (Taylor) Jones, Reise (Chelsey) Jones, Riley Jones, Tanner Jones, Kyle Isom, Shelby Isom, Taylor Nelson, Danielle Nelson, and Ella Nelson; brother, Harlan (Marna) Isom; sister, Eileen (Bruce) Nordhagen; nephews: Tony (Kelly) Isom, Christopher Isom, Leif (Amy) Nordhagen and their children; and many other extended family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Helen (Olson) Isom; and granddaughter, Ana Leigh Nelson.
Bruce was born on May 28, 1940 in Osseo, Wisconsin. He graduated from Osseo High School in 1958. Bruce continued his education at Northwestern Television & Electronics Institute, graduating in 1962 and furthered his education at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, graduating in 1972 with an Associate in Arts degree. Bruce spent 4 years working for Boeing on the missile sites in Great Falls, Montana. He returned to Minnesota and worked as a test engineer and test manager for the next 13 years at Sperry Univac (currently Unisys). He then pursued a new career as an agent with American Family Insurance. He retired after a very successful career at the age of 68. Bruce married Pat (Nelson) Isom on August 4, 1991.
Bruce was an active member of the Masonic Organization for 52 years. He earned his status of Master Mason and served three terms as the Master of Northeast Lodge #345. He continued his membership in later years at Anoka Lodge # 30. In addition, he was a member of the Scottish Right and the Zuhrah Shrine Club for many years. Bruce embraced the Fraternities beliefs in the eternal truths of friendship, morality, and brotherly love.
Bruce loved life, loved his family above all else, and was a friend to everyone he met. He was a kind, loving, honest and hard-working man. He also loved vacations, hunting, fishing, boating and the great outdoors. Bruce had great passion for the Green Bay Packers, the Timberwolves along with the Minnesota Twins. He was raised on a farm and embraced the ethics of hard work and humility. Bruce will be remembered with love by all for his contagious smile and generous soul. Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love. We loved him a lot, but God loved him more.
A visitation for Bruce will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the O’Connell family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, Wisconsin, followed by a Funeral and Masonic Service at 1:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment will be at Peace Lutheran Cemetery in Baldwin, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. The family would like to thank Prelude Memory Care Cottages in Woodbury, MN and St. Joe’s hospital in St. Paul for their compassionate care and assistance.