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In Memory of

Bruce Dwayne Atwood

August 4, 1948 - August 1, 2017

Obituary


Bruce D. Atwood, 68, of Tempe, Arizona, passed away August 1st 2017 from complications of ALS. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was born in Grinnell, Iowa on August 4th, 1948. Bruce graduated Newton Senior High School and received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He was married to Lynn Braun on December 22nd 1972. Bruce worked for General Electric Healthcare for 40 years.

Bruce had recently welcomed his third grandson, his namesake, Bruce Baedeker into the world on June 10th. He continued the family...

Bruce D. Atwood, 68, of Tempe, Arizona, passed away August 1st 2017 from complications of ALS. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was born in Grinnell, Iowa on August 4th, 1948. Bruce graduated Newton Senior High School and received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He was married to Lynn Braun on December 22nd 1972. Bruce worked for General Electric Healthcare for 40 years.

Bruce had recently welcomed his third grandson, his namesake, Bruce Baedeker into the world on June 10th. He continued the family name with his elder two grandsons, one-year old Griffin and five-year old Bennett Atwood. All three grandsons lived within close proximity along with Bruce's children and their spouses; Karl and Stefanie Baedeker of Chandler and Lindsay and Kevin Atwood of Tempe.

Bruce and Lynn met in April of 1970 and if you've seen Lady and the Tramp, they were sucking pasta out of each other's faces. After his service in the U.S. Army, the cold mid-western winters were too much. Bruce wanted to go to school where the weather was warm, with his favorite aunt and uncle already living in Mesa, it was a natural selection. Unable to leave Lynn behind, they became engaged in June of 1972, and married soon after in December of that year.

He had always been a natural engineer, working on an Iowa farm imparted that. Bruce finished his Electrical Engineering degree from DeVry Institute of Technology and began working in General Electric's medical imaging division. Lynn and Bruce settled in a small apartment in Phoenix, where more than a few life-time friends were met. Young and dumb, they bought a dog, too big for the apartment. It wasn't soon after, they purchased their first house to accommodate the pooch and also brought along another set of life-time friends. A few years later, Arcadia was the place to be, but settled for the house on Osborn and 33rd St. in Phoenix where they welcomed their two children, Kevin and Stefanie (no typo, Stefanie, Bruce's decision).

Parents of the era can never really have their hippie removed and they continued the hippie indoctrination for their children. Lynn and Bruce found a home in South Tempe, their lifelong home. Lynn and Bruce saw their careers blossom as well as their children. They watched their children graduate from high school and eventually college. After 40 years with the same company retirement was upon him.

All of this only speaks to the measure of a man's accomplishments, not to the man. His devotion as a husband, patience as a father, love of his grandsons, family and friends, his open heart, bright mind, quiet listener and accomplished council are irreplaceable in this world.
Arrangements under the direction of Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ.