Steven Jewell Bruce

A Celebration of Life for Steven Jewell ‘Steve’ Bruce, 58, Lawrence, will be at 2 pm Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home & Crematory.

Born in 1964, son of Anita (Crewe) and J Bruce.  Preceded in death by his father, J Marshall Bruce.  Survived by mother Anita Moske of Lawrence; son Todd Bruce, daughter in law Sara Bruce, and grandchildren Addison Tyler and Ryder Steven all of Lansing; also an uncle, James Crewe of Lynchburg, VA; an aunt Ellen Becker and uncle Darryl Becker, cousins Theresa Teufel, and her husband Will Teufel, of Nickerson KS, Mica Stites, and her husband Britain Stites, of Junction City, KS and Mallory Teufel of Nickerson, KS.

Raised in Junction City, Steve moved to Salina for a number of years before settling in the Lawrence area.

Steve had many talents, interests, hobbies and enterprises.  Beginning young, he raced moto-cross – stopped by a compound fracture, he moved on to his passion for music.  Joining local bands just wasn’t enough – he became the impetus to start new bands and outfit them with sound systems. Band life was replaced by his obsession for racing, when son Todd was of age to begin racing quarter midgets.

Steve was a self-made man, building upon his dreams and aspirations.  Racing in his bloodstream, Steve built the SBRC company, building high performance custom race cars and racing his own, and then joined by son Todd and his own car, when time and money allowed.  As Steve always said, “racing is a lifestyle, not a hobby.”

Always on the lookout to maximize his business, Steve began Steve Bruce Welding and Fabrication, serving the Lawrence area, closely followed by Bruce Precision Arms Company.

Steve greatly enjoyed time outdoors, stocking and fishing his pond, taking care of the property, target shooting and being with the people he loved.  The arrival of his granddaughter Addie brought new joy and sparkles to his eyes, and then when his grandson Ryder arrived, he was overjoyed.  These youngsters were a source of joy in his last years, as were his mother, son and daughter in law.

Steve will be missed.  His love of life, his laughter, his complex knowledge – his love for his family – there is now a void that cannot be filled.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.