DOWNEY - Bruce Eugene Black, a member of the Downey Elks Lodge, passed away Oct. 17 at the University of Missouri Medical Center. He was 68.He was born July 22, 1943 in Canton, Ohio, to Eugene and Millie Black. He graduated from Downey High School and attended the University of Reno. He was previously married to Catherine CocQuilette. At the time of his death, he was married to Carol Black and living in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Bruce retired from Hagen Plumbing and was the youngest manager at Oscar Meyers in 1963-64. He was on the Elks' board of trustees and had just received his lifetime member award. He also belonged to the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed boating, camping, motorcycles, fishing and hunting, and flew glider planes. In his later years he developed a great interest in reading history, particularly historical civil war and frontiers. He is survived by his lovely wife Carol, children Tina, Christine and Billie K.; grandchildren Nichol, Robert, Vannessa and Frankie; two great-grandchildren, a boy and a girl; mother, Millie Margaret Black; sister Dolores; and dog, Bear. He was predeceased by his father, Albert Eugene Black. An Elks memorial will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, at 3 p.m.
********** Published: November 03, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 29