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Bruce Eyster

May 20, 1918 — April 26, 2014

Bruce Eyster

Bruce Eyster, age 95, of Rolla, Missouri, formerly of Wheaton, Minnesota passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Rolla, Missouri. Bruce was born in Wheaton, MN, to Morris and Marguerite Eyster and lived there most of his life. He married Gladys Williams and they lived in Burbank, California, where their two daughters Janice and Kathleen were born. Bruce had many interesting jobs while in California including a job as an extra as part of a crowd of people in a movie. There home was near the movie studio. He worked for the Railroad and in 1940 began working at Lockheed Aircraft, keeping those in World War II supplied with Hudson Bombers and P38's. After the war he worked for Ziegler-Harris making castings for parts and wings of planes until returning to Wheaton. In 1946, when his father, Morris Eyster, became ill, they returned to Wheaton to operate Eyster Realty and Farm Management. He enjoyed managing the farmland and especially working with the farmers and sampling the terrific treats the wives served with coffee. He transitioned into retirement by teaching his grandson, Lance Lundquist, the business and passing it on. It gave him a great deal of pleasure to know that the business would continue in able hands, and there would be someone to serve the landowners he had served so many years. He also passed on his love of cars to grandsons Michael, Lance and Bruce and granddaughter, Stacy, and always enjoyed the ride in their newest car. Lance and Bruce Lundquist also shared his love for motorcycles and loved riding beside him. Bruce and Gladys enjoyed traveling around the United States together discovering new things and meeting new people along the way. When they were no longer able to travel to far away places, they enjoyed reminiscing about it all. In later years, lunch at the Dumont Café was part of their daily routine. They enjoyed Darlene, Ferd, and Norma and friends that came regularly to the café. Bruce was active in high school sports, and for years enjoyed continuing things he learned in gymnastics. (It's harder to play football by yourself.) He was also active in the Wheaton community. He served on the hospital board while Wheaton Community Hospital was designed and built, served as Village Clerk on the City Council, served as President on the School Board, on Board of Trustees when the present First Presbyterian Church was built, and was a member and past President of Wheaton Lions Club. He also worked with several others to get a Go-Kart track built by the airport. He is survived by his children, Janice (Bob) Archer of Rolla, Missouri, and Kathleen (Clyde) Vollmers of Hudson, Wisconsin. Bruce was blessed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Lance (Cathy) Lundquist and children Ben and Sarah; Bruce Lundquist (Beth Ann) and children Kalai and Karly; Stacy Vollmers, Michael (Jennifer) Vollmers and their children David, Rachel, Nathan, and Mary. Also still living is his sister-in-law, Joyce Eyster, and many nieces and nephews he enjoyed hearing about as they grew into adults. He was precceded in death by his wife, Gladys, his parents, Morris and Marguerite Eyster, a sister, Janet Doutt, and brother, Eugene Eyster. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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