Bruce Russell Cool, 72, passed away peacefully Sunday morning August 25, 2013, with his wife, Joan; and his favorite dog, Gracie, at his side. He was born August 27, 1940 in Seattle, Wash., the son of Withers and Helen Cool.
Bruce had been a long-time resident of Oroville, Wash., having arrived in 1971 to run his father’s gypsum fertilizer plant, Agro Minerals, where he was owner and operator for 35 years.
Bruce was very active in his community. He was an avid token member of the Oroville Streetscape (he said he just did whatever all of the girls told him to do). He was also proud to be a member of the Cruise In Club and some of his happiest times were spent in his 1957 Chevrolet Convertible dragging Main Street in Oroville. He was also a member of Aurora Lodge #201 Oroville, El Katif Shrine, Spokane, and Okanogan County Shrine Club.
Bruce had a fun personality and quick wit. He was always trying to make everyone laugh and feel comfortable. He loved his annual gambling trips to Jackpot, Nev., with those crazy Cockle boys. You could always find Bruce in his favorite WSU Cougar hat and t-shirt.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan; daughter, Kim, her husband Jon, and two very special grandsons, Jack and Nolan; his brother, Rob Cool and wife Lynn; and his sister, Carolyn Hickerson; and his five favorite nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Cool home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at 70 Boundary Point Road in Oroville followed by a luncheon and celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Oroville Streetscape or to Frontier Home Health and Hospice.
Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville is in care of the arrangements.