Robert Bruce Steele of Roseville, CA passed away peacefully in his home on June 28th 2022, at the age of 59. He was surrounded by immediate family, losing a hard-fought battle with aggressive ALS. Bruce had been sick for the last 15 months and had recently received a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) just 2 short months earlier.
Born in Boise, ID to Emerson Bruce Steele and Rosalie Joan Steele, Bruce lived his childhood in Boise ID, Logan UT, Los Angeles CA and eventually the family settled in Spokane, WA. The Steele family enjoyed camping, boating, waterskiing, fishing, hunting, cross country and alpine skiing in which Bruce excelled.
Bruce attended school at University High School in Spokane and received his Bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Washington State University. Bruce was a devoted WSU Cougars fan and a devoted lifelong brother to his Sigma Chi family.
Bruce’s career started in hotel and restaurant management, but Bruce followed his heart and turned his eye toward the technology industry. Bruce led a very successful career in sales account management roles for numerous technology companies including TIG, Adobe, GetConnect, and most recently until his passing, Zoom.
Bruce met his wife Karen at their mutual place of work – Adobe. Together they shared a great love of family, travel (Tahoe a favorite destination), cooking, wine tasting, and sports. Some of their favorite moments were cheering together Lakeside Little League, San Francisco 49’ers, San Francisco Giants and of course his Seattle Mariners. Bruce loved and at times hated his beloved Washington State Cougars Football games – they brought out the best and worst in Bruce as a fan of sports.
Bruce had many nicknames from those who loved him – Bruceeeee, Bruuuuuce, Brucesky, Smiley (high school nickname), Spice Man, Weatherman (he always knew when rain was coming) and Grillmaster. If Bruce came into your kitchen, or fired up his grill, you just knew the outcome was going to be special, amazing and delicious! He led many neighborhood BBQ events for friends and family.
Bruce’s proudest moment this past year was seeing his son Jack graduate and walk the stage for his Bachelors degree from Western Washington University. He knew some time ago he was going to miss milestones moving forward for our sons. Seeing Alex and Lucas also get their Bachelors degrees this year from UC Davis and San Diego State University gave Bruce such joy that the boys were on their way in their own life journeys.
He is no longer suffering, he has been lifted in God's love and light, and we know he is free of pain, and is in peace. Our family is so very grateful for all the love, kindness and support we have received over this past year most notably in the last several months. The generous prayers and well wishes shared with us meant the world to Bruce. He was blessed with many meaningful, deep and amazing friendships and family connections throughout his life, and he cherished all of them.
Along with his wife Karen of 11 years, Bruce is survived by his son Jack Steele, his stepsons Alex and Lucas Dailey, his mother Joan Steele, his sister and brother-in-law Holly and Pete Lemieux, and brother Brett Steele, and his darling little puppy baby, Aussie Nina Steele.
Rest in peace dear husband, father, friend, son, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin.
Bruce’s Celebration of Life will be a Chaplain led service held at The Flower Farm Barn in Loomis, CA on Sunday October 30th, 2022 at 12:30pm. The service will be followed by a BBQ, drinks, light music and continued reunion and memory sharing amongst friends and family.
The Flower Farm address: 4150 Auburn Folsom Road, Loomis, CA 95650
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