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Bruce Carlisle MD

June 29, 1949 - February 26, 2018

Prayer Service - Friday

March 02, 2018
- 7:30 PM

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Friday

March 02, 2018
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo

Mass of Christian Burial - Saturday

March 03, 2018
- 10:30 AM

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo

Visitation - Saturday

March 03, 2018
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo

Arrangements

Boulger Funeral Home

Bruce Carlisle MD

June 29, 1949 - February 26, 2018

Obituary

Bruce M. Carlisle, 68, Fargo, North Dakota passed away Monday, February 26, 2018 at Avow Hospice Inpatient Center, Naples, Florida after a 2 year battle with pancreatic cancer.

You can follow Bruce’s journey at www.caringbridge.org/visit/brucecarlisle. Bruce was born June 29, 1949 in Valley City, North Dakota to John and Carol Jean (Larson) Carlisle. He graduated from Valley City High School in 1967 before attending the University of North Dakota where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 1971. He was an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at UND. He married Nan Norman on May 1, 1970 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Grand Forks, North Dakota. He graduated from University of North Dakota Medical School in 1976. He did his residency in Internal Medicine in Fargo. He founded Internal Medicine Associates (IMA) in 1979. He had offices in Fargo, Hawley and Barnesville. He was Vice President of Medical Affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota for 12 years. He finished his working career as an Emergency Room Physician at Lake Region Medical Center, Fergus Falls. Bruce truly loved his profession, medical colleagues, and patients.

Bruce had a passion for golf, hunting, and fishing amongst a strong bond with all of his labradors. He thrived at any card game and was a Master Bridge player. Bruce loved spending time with his family and friends in the Detroit Lakes area. His spiritual life was changed for the greater good when he was confirmed in the Catholic Church in the year 2000. In that same year, his faith journey was enriched after going on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nan, Fargo; children, Corey Carlisle, Washington D.C., Christopher (Katherine) Carlisle, Fargo, ND, Casey (Natasha) Carlisle, Hatton, ND and Kelly (Tom) Kopp, Fargo, ND; 12 grandchildren, Kiras, Avery, Bethany, William, Molly, Casey, John, Dominic and Michael Carlisle, Porter, Briggs and Maris Kopp; brother, John “Hap” (Sally) Carlisle, Asotin, WA; sisters, Beth (Dick) Anderson, Bellingham, WA, Peggy Carlisle, Bainbridge Island, WA and Eileen Carlisle, Santa Rosa, CA; mother-in-law, Mary Jane Norman, Fargo, ND and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert John, parents, John and Carol Jean and father-in-law, Robert “Bob” Norman.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Lake Region Cancer Center, 908 South Cascade St Fergus Falls, MN 56537, First Choice Clinic, 1351 Page Dr. Fargo, ND 58103, and/or Avow Hospice Center, 1095 Whipporwill Lane Naples, FL 34105.

Visitation will be at 7:00 pm with a Prayer Service starting at 7:30 P.M. Friday, March 2, 2018 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, 5202 25th St S, Fargo, ND 58104 with visitation starting at 9:30 A.M.

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49 responses to “Dr. Bruce Carlisle”

  1. Barb Olson says:

    Love and prayers.

  2. Scott Smith says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Nan.

  3. Tammy Murdock says:

    My heart hurts for all of you! Mrs. Nan please know that you are all in my heart, in my prayers and will be in the next few days but especially in the coming weeks, months and year! All the firsts that will happen, never forgert how very much Dr. C loved you all and he will always be an angel watching over you! Share all those amazing memories and pass them on so he continues to live in you all! God’s blessing, healing hand, and grace beyond all understanding being sent to you!

  4. Lucy Wade says:

    When you walk through a storm
    Hold your head up high
    And don’t be afraid of the dark
    At the end of a storm
    There’s a golden sky
    And the sweet silver song of a lark
    Walk on through the wind
    Walk on through the rain
    Though your dreams be tossed and blown
    Walk on, walk on
    With hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk alone
    Walk on, walk on
    With hope in your heart
    And you’ll never walk alone
    You’ll never walk alone

    Songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein Ii / Richard Rodgers
    You’ll Never Walk Alone lyrics © Imagem Music Inc

  5. Angela Van Cleef, Paramedic with Ringdahl Ambulance says:

    May God watch over each one of you and give you peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, he was a wonderful Dr and he will be deeply missed!

  6. Dave Langemo says:

    My sympathies to the family, and to Eileen a VCHS classmate of mine.

  7. Julie Gutzmer says:

    Thinking of you, Nan and family.

  8. Rick and Faye Majerus says:

    Nan and family,

    So sorry to hear about Bruce. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  9. Sandi Skalicky McDougall says:

    I am so sorry for you loss, Nan,

  10. Lois Williams says:

    So sorry to hear this. My husband,Richard, passed away in 2007 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 67 and I was 57.I’m so glad to know you have grown children, family, friends and your faith for support. I’ll be praying for you and your family.
    Sincerely
    Lois McLaren Williams

  11. Angel Devorak says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Dr. Carlisle was a wonderful man!

  12. Doug & Debbie says:

    Nan, so sorry to hear about Bruce. May GOD BLESS him and and our Mother Mary lead him into Heaven with all the Holy Angels and Saints…
    This is God’s Will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing ELSE.

  13. Scott and Nadine Solemsaas says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  14. Sheila McDermott-Hiney says:

    Nan I was very sorry to hear of your husbands passing. It’s so wonderful you have all your kids and grandkids to surround you and that you can support one another. Sheila

  15. Steve Eccles says:

    Sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing.
    My Thoughts and Prayers to the family.
    My He Rest in Peace.
    All Honor To His Name

  16. Steve Eccles says:

    Sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing..
    Thoughts and Prayers to the family.
    May He Rest in Peace.
    All Honor To His Name.

  17. Carolyn Renfandt says:

    Big hugs, prayers and love to you and your family,🙏🏻🙏🏻😘😘 Carolyn and Glenn

  18. Jennifer Leier and family says:

    Love, thoughts and prayers to Nan and the Carlisle family. He will be greatly missed but we will cherish many great memories ❤️

  19. Wendy Luyten says:

    Sending my deepest sympathies Nan & family..
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  20. Robyn Jennings says:

    Nan, there aren’t words to say enough for all that you must be experiencing. When I saw your wedding picture, it took me back to UND in an instant. What a great couple! You two were always an item. We all loved you and Bruce very much. You were such a strong woman to care for him and stand by him during what must have been a very difficult time. I think it made all the difference for him. I am thinking of you and sending big DG hugs. Condolences to you and all of your family. Love, Robyn

  21. Marcia and Craig says:

    We are thinking of you and your family tonight, Nan, as we just learned of Bruce’s passing. We will always remember how much fun we had with you both during our spring trip together to Daffodil Festival and can see Bruce now making new friends during the car parade/picnic with the celebratory champagne ladies in Sconset! We can hear his laughter and see that happy smile and that is how we are remembering Bruce tonight so full of life! God bless you!

  22. Lorrie Trodden says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, our dear Nan and family. Our hearts are broken for the loss of Bruce. Hugs to you and all your family
    Pat and Lorrie Trodden

  23. Dick and Mary Warner says:

    Nan and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and for Bruce. Bruce was our family doctor when we came to Fargo in 1976. Wonderful memories of a kind and caring man.

  24. Con Hillman says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the Carlisle family. I have many fond memories of time spent afield with Bruce.

  25. Greg and Kathy Schneider says:

    Nan, we are in AZ but read about Bruce’s passing in the GF Herald. Please know we are thinking of you all and are praying for strength and healing. How hard it is to lose a wonderful loved one. Thank God for all your wonderful memories together.

  26. Shannon and Bethany Nelson says:

    My sympathies to the family.

  27. LauraJean Noyd says:

    Tears flow here in Mazatlán as you begin this new chapter in your life Nan. I do know that love and prayers will sustain you as you walk this new path Love LauraJean

  28. Marie Bellerud says:

    Nan,
    Sorry, to hear of Bruce’s passing. I am thinking and praying for you and your family… sorry, I am out of town..
    Love, and, prayers, Marie

  29. Tim Skramstad says:

    We are praying for you, Nan and family. I wished I could have had more time to talk with Bruce last summer at our reunion. Since then, I have often thought of him and prayed for the Lord’s sustaining grace. May the God of all comfort bring His peace and strength to you.

  30. Dr. George and Ann Mathison says:

    We have lost a wonderful caring physician in Fergus Falls, and are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Memorial to Lake Region Cancer Center.

  31. Dr. George and Ann Mathison says:

    We have lost a wonderful, warm, and caring physician in Fergus Falls, and are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. Memorial to Lake Region Cancer Center.

  32. Laurie Linfoot Brown says:

    Nan, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family.

  33. Don Wold says:

    Nan, so sorry for your loss, Micker & Don Wold

  34. Barbara Bickle says:

    Was very sorry to read of Dr. Carlisle’s passing. He was a very nice man.

  35. Bill & Mary Pettit says:

    Bill and I are so sorry to hear of your loss, Nan! Bruce was a lovely man! We are keeping you and your family in our hearts and prayers as you step forward and begin re-navigating this world without him. Deepest condolences.

  36. Lee & Linda Massey says:

    Nan and family.
    We are so saddened to hear of Bruce’s passing. His fight was absolutely inspiring. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Unfortunately we are out of town this weekend and will not be able to attend the service, but again, please know that we are with you in spirit and thought.
    Lee & Linda Massey

  37. Ron & Rose says:

    Dear Nan, Our prayers are with you and your family. We will miss Bruce, a wonderful man. God be with you.

  38. Linda Swenson Baker says:

    My condolences and prayers go out to you, Nan and family.
    Bruce fought the good fight. Well done good and faithful servant.
    Peace to all.
    Rest in Peace, Bruce.

  39. Ingo Keller says:

    I’m sorry to hear of Dr. Carlisle’s passing. My deepest condolences to Bruce’s family and friends. I was the UPS driver when Bruce had his office on my route. Bruce was always very nice to me, he always had time to talk. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God bless.

  40. Linda Swenson Baker says:

    My condolences and prayers go out to you, Nan and family.
    Bruce fought the good fight. Well done good and faithful servant.
    May you all know God’s comfort and peace.
    Rest in peace, Bruce.

  41. Beth Kaldahl Schupp says:

    I’m so sorry to hear your news. Sending prayers of comfort for all of the family. He will be greatly missed by so many.

  42. Cindi says:

    To the family and friends of Bruce, I’m so sorry for the loss you’re feeling. Death is so very devastating. Please remember our Heavenly Fathers promises one at Revelation 21:4 where all this will be a thing of the past. But until then I hope you continue to feel the comfort from all those wonderful memories.
    Cindi/Florida

  43. Ron and Florence Johnson says:

    Condolences from Ron Johnson. I worked for IMA at the Barnesville Area Clinic. I was sorry to read of Bruce’s recent illness and death. I also had family members see him at the emergency room at Lake Region Healthcare. A donation is being given to Lake Region Cancer Center In his memory.

  44. Alena says:

    What a fantastic guy! I will cherish the fond memories I have of working with him at LRHC.

  45. Deb Brand says:

    Nan and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Bruce for many years. 9 yrs ago,. My husband died of pancreatic cancer too. I know first hand what ur family went thru. Life is just so not fair sometimes. Didn’t know ur in Naples. I live in Madeira beach. Thinking of you.

  46. Jerry Hendel, MD says:

    I worked with Dr Carlisle at Lake Region Hospital from about 2000 till my ‘retirement’ in 2008. Bruce was an excellent, efficient, and compassionate physician. I was always pleased to visit with him in our Doctors’ Lounge at LRHC.
    I am so sorry we have all lost him.
    My thoughts are with his family.

  47. Patricia Johnson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the early in life loss of your loving husband. I will always cherish the memories of working with both of you and all that you did to give others a better understanding of mental illness and the support for Mental Health services. There will be a special place in heaven for Bruce. And lastly life is just not fair. But you are so strong, and with God’s help you will survive , stronger than ever.

  48. Howie Lake says:

    I remember Bruce as a fraternity brother at Sigma Chi at UND. I actually remember when Bruce pinned Nan.. Great man to get to know.. Blessings to his family! Howie Lake

  49. Perry Thorvig says:

    I’m stunned. It’s two years after Bruce’s death and I just found out. I was getting ready to send him my book about 65 years of hunting adventures. Bruce got me and Russ Fortner started snow goose hunting in 1975. I wanted him to have the book as a “thank you.” I guess not. But, I will thank you, Bruce, for getting me started on a sport that I still enjoy. I wish you were still here to read the stories.

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