Mr. Bruce Bade

Mr. Bruce Bade

August 20, 1949 - January 14, 2021


Bruce Bade, age 71, passed away on January 14, 2021, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Bruce was born on August 20, 1949, in Peoria, IL to his late parents Edward Louis and Martha Jade Jarrett Bade.

At the young age of 17, Bruce served in the Marine Corps for six years, working his way up to Corporal. He also became a ham operator (KB9KP). Later as an adult, he started some of his own businesses and then moved on to working as a computer technician at USDA in Illinois. Bruce having such a strong passion for duty, returned and served in the Air Force Reserve for 17 years. Bruce knew the ins and outs of C-130s; flying them and being a loadmaster and held his post until retirement.

In his leisure time, you could find Bruce outside enjoying a game of golf or being on the water fishing and boating. Bruce and his wife, Christine, loved the water life and spent a little over a year boating The Great Loop seeing all the lovely sights until completion in 2011. They share beautiful memories from traveling to many different countries and being mesmerized by landscapes in Costa Rica and Belize, just to name a few. They were both former members of the Indian Oaks Country Club in Hinckley, Illinois, and are currently members of Graymere Country Club in Columbia. Bruce has been a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW, and AMVETS.

Bruce is preceded in death by his parents. Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Christine Bade; daughter, Shannon Bade of Minnesota; sister, Lynn (Robert) Sandifur; nieces: Kara Sandifur and Kellee (Jose) Granados.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to COVID-19 Research at Vanderbilt.

Cremation Society of Tennessee is assisting the family with arrangements. You may send the family your sympathy or share your memories at

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10 responses to Mr. Bruce Bade

  1. Shannon Bade says:

    I miss your fire, humor and wisdom. I love you dearly Dad. And hugs and prayers to you, Chris.

  2. We have lost a wonderful friend. We will miss his quick smile, that sparkle in his eyes when you knew he was up to something and his quick wit. Our prayers are with you Chris, and your family.

  3. Bruce, we love you with all our hearts. Rest in Peace friend. Chris one of my best friends, I will be here for whatever you may need. Love you so.

  4. So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. He was a great friend for many years, And was one of the most sincere people one could ever know. No matter what life threw at him he dealt with it with a positive attitude clear mind and open heart. You will be greatly missed. Our love thoughts and prayers are with you Chris and if you need anything we are here for you.

  5. Heavy heart for the loss of our Bruce. Fly high my friend and sing loud for all of us to hear you singing in your Rock Band. You will always be in our hearts. Chris, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and family in our thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs.

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