Bruce B.Spratling, of Clinton, passed away on August 7, 2014, at his home. Bruce was born in Denison, Texas on Nov. 27, 1923. He flew both an American and Texas flag in his front yard. With the onset of World War II he enlisted in the army. After the war he returned to college and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. After working jobs with the Census Bureau in Washington DC, U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh, PA, and General Motors in Detroit, Bruce started working as an independent manufacturers' representative. He purchased the farm in Clinton in 1968, and continued being involved with farming until shortly before his demise.
In 1946 Bruce married his "child bride" Mary Marjorie "Margie" Eaton, while attending the University of Tulsa. They had their first child, Bruce Jr., while Bruce was still in college, and working at Hope Lumber yard in Tulsa. Bruce and Margie had four more children, Ruth Ann (born 1949), Connie Mack (born 1950), Charles Cecil (born 1955), and Mary Elizabeth (born 1956).
Bruce was a private pilot. One of his proudest achievements was obtaining his instrument rating. He was an avid gardener, and never failed to have a bumper crop of tomatoes.
He is survived by Margie, his wife of 68 years, four children, six grand-children, ten great grand-children, and two great great grand-daughters. The family would like to thank the many caregivers who were involved with Bruce's care, for the wonderful care and assistance they provided Bruce in his last days.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home where friends may begin calling from 2 p.m. until the time of service at 4 p.m. To sign Bruce’s guestbook, to leave a memory, or for more information or directions please visit www.rbfhsaline.com.