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“Olivia, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Bruce. We met Bruce at a HOG rally in Duluth MN that he attended with Jerry. We met Don Mohr on...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara & Gary Borski - WI

“My sympathy to Olivia, Lori, and the entire MacDonald family. I got to know Bruce through riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles together, and we shared...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Donald H. Mohr - Tea, SD

“Thank you for sharing Bruce with us if even for a short time. It was an honor to care for him and meet the family. You are in my thoughts and...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Lori S. RN - Sioux Falls, SD

“Condolences to Brenda and her family on the loss of her father. A brave battler of cancer, I know Brenda was very proud of her dad Bruce, and will...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Cindy Lovig

“Being a grade school classmate as well as a neighbor there are many great memories from sleigh rides, pulled by one of their work horses, to...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Rahskopf Keller - CO

“Lori and family-- We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Dwayne and Emily Ingalls and girls

“To the MacDonald Family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We remember our days in Aberdeen knowing Bruce as a plumber and rural carrier. He...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Tom and Kay Hagemann - Rapid City, SD

“I extend my deepest Sympathy to all of your family. I grew up as a neighbor to The MacDonalds on the farm by Warner. We attended the same country...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Marlette Fischbach - Pierre, SD

“Brenda, Dan, and family: We are so very sorry for the loss of your father. Our prayers are with you. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Dave and Katherine Daline


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Funeral services for Bruce MacDonald, 74, Sioux Falls and formerly of Aberdeen will be 10:30 am, Saturday, January 26 at Faith United Methodist Church, Aberdeen. Pastor Jack Erickson officiating. Burial in Riverside Memorial Park with military honors by Sidney L. Smith Post #24. Bruce died Monday, January 21 at the Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls after a courageous two year battle with cancer.

Visitation will be from 1:00-7:00 pm, Friday, January 25 with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St.

Bruce MacDonald was born on July 29, 1938 in Minneapolis, MN and was adopted by Grant and Mattie (Pabst) MacDonald. He graduated from Aberdeen Central High School. He held a master plumbers license and electrical license in the state of South Dakota. On December 31, 1960 he married Olivia Weber at Aberdeen, SD. This is the area where they made their home and he owned and operated his own Plumbing and Heating company for twenty-five years. In November of 1980 he began working for the US Postal Service until he retired in 2004. In March of 2012 they moved to Sioux Falls, SD. Bruce was a member of the SD National Guard for nine years, having completed his training in Fort Leonardwood Missouri.

He was member of the Sioux Falls chapter of the Harley Owners Group, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and the Experimental Airlcraft Association. He loved flying his own plane and they loved touring on their Harley's. He served eight years on the SD State Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Association Board, serving in all offices including President. He also was instrumental in helping to develop a licensing law for plumbing in the state, he served ten years on the advisory of the Mitchell Vo-Tec school and two years on the advisory board of the Aberdeen Central High Vo-Tec School. Bruce was one of the first facilitators in the QWL/EI process serving for over four years. He was elected to the SD Association of Rural Letter Carriers Board in 1987, serving all offices but secretary from 1987-1998.

Grateful for having shared Bruce's life are his wife, Olivia MacDonald, Sioux Falls, children, Brenda (Dan) Geier, Chanhassen, MN, Lori (Merlyn) Brockhouse, Sioux Falls, Ryan (Laurie) MacDonald, Olathe, KS, grandchildren, Brandon, Jerimiah, Lindsey, Stephen, Bailee and Brooklyn, mother, Beulah Barnes, Stockon, CA, in-laws, Eddie Weber, Dolores Kolbeck, Etta Tripp and David (Betty) Weber.

Bruce is preceded in death by his infant son, Mark MacDonald, parents, Grant and Mattie MacDonald, foster sister, Jean Bartel, in-laws, Viola (Joe) Schmidt, Barbara (John) Voller, Morrie Boelter, Leonard Tripp and Darlene Weber.

The family prefers memorials to St. Jude's Research Hospital.