Bruce Michael Neisius, 69, of Hawley, MN, died of cancer, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.
Bruce was born January 18, 1947 in Fargo, the son of Adolph and Evelyn Neisius. He attended school at St. Mary’s Catholic School and Shanley High School. During this time he was an altar server at St. Mary’s Cathedral. While serving the church, he had the distinct honor of carrying the Ring of Cardinal Muench when he became Cardinal.
On June 15, 1968 he was united in marriage to Beverly Larson in West Fargo where they made their home. He began working for Fairmont Foods Creamery in Moorhead, the year before their marriage and worked there for several years. Bruce began preparing for a private pilot license in 1973 at Flight Development; in Fargo, shortly after their daughter was born. He continued this education while working at Fairmont, moving toward a Commercial Pilot License, but unfortunately the school closed. As a private pilot, he attained his license and completed his solo flight to Kansas City, KS and back. In October, 1975 he went to work for Farmer Brothers Coffee Co. as a sales representative. He made “Salesman of the Year” twice in a row. In August, 1989 he was asked to transfer to Indianapolis, IN for a newly opened branch. Within that first year, he made “Branch of the Year” which had never been done before in the company. A year later he had the opportunity to move to Rapid City, SD and eventually came back to Fargo to reconnect with this location until his retirement in March of 2012.
In 1986, Bruce joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and Beverly followed soon after, traveling throughout the U.S. as well as the countries of the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Guam, and London, England. He attained the Meritorious Service Medal twice as well as several honors for exemplary service. He retired from the Navy in 2007 after 20 years of service.
Throughout his working career, he made many life-long friends and he enjoyed camping and fishing with friends and family.
Bruce is survived by his wife Beverly, Hawley, MN; daughter Anita, Fargo; his brother, Adrian (Janice) Neisius, Canon City, CO; sister, Shari Neisius, Fargo; niece, Elaine Neisius, Canon City, CO; and nephew, Adam (Sarah) Neisius, Wichita, KS.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Evelyn.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 2:00 pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral 604 N Broadway, Fargo, with visitation one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Holy Cross North Cemetery with Military Honors.