|(Monday - January
04, 2021) - Bruce J. Bilgreen, age 85, of Kingsford, passed away on
Friday, January 1, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
was born on April 29, 1935 in Iron Mountain, son of the late Walter and
Caroline (Schaefer) Bilgreen. He was raised in Kingsford and was a 1953
graduate of Kingsford High School. He enlisted into the United States
Army and served in Korea from 1958 until he was honorably discharged in
1960. He married Kathleen Smith on June 4, 1966 at Our Redeemer Lutheran
Church. They raised their family in Kingsford while Bruce worked for the
United States Postal Service. He retired after more than thirty years
with the Postal Service.
Bruce was an avid outdoorsman. He loved
hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed camping, picking blueberries and
hunting for copper in the Keweenaw. He was a loyal Kingsford Flivver
sports fan and never missed a Flivver football game.
to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Beatrice
Gilbert and Jean Pirlot and a brother, Walter Bilgreen.
survived by his loving wife of fifty four years, Kathleen; children,
Julie (Fran) Wlodarczyk of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Bruce (Kathryn)
Bilgreen of Iron Mountain and Brian (Trina) Bilgreen of Kingsford;
sisters, Dorothy (Glenn) Johnson of Homestead, Yvonne (Paul) Voight of
Port St. Lucie, Florida and Beverly Prichard of Cookeville, Tennessee;
six grandchildren, Desirae (Jeremy Beaudoin), Bruce, Samuel, Emma,
Hunter and Gracyn. Also by many nieces and nephews.
services will be held on Thursday, January 7th at 11:00 AM at Our
Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford. Rev. Matthew Ruesch will
The funeral service will be live streamed at:
Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
Condolences to the
family of Bruce Bilgreen may be expressed online at:
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home
with the arrangements.