Born Aug. 12, 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Rev. Dr. Julian Price and Evelyn Linder Love, Bruce Webster Love passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at his home in Edmond, Okla.
Bruce's family moved to Louisville, Kent. in 1931 where he graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1944. Bruce had attended one semester at the University of Louisville before being drafted into the Army in 1944 where he served during WWII as corporal until 1946. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wooster College, in Wooster, Ohio, where he met the love of his life, Ruthanne Cooper. They were engaged shortly after graduation in 1950 and married June 29, 1952, after each had completed their Master's degrees. Bruce received his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and became City Manager of Slater, Mo. in 1952. He and his wife moved to the City of Royal Oak, Mich., where he was employed as assistant city manager from 1956-61 and eventually city manager from 1961-76. Bruce enjoyed service as the Royal Oak Rotary Club's president and as an elder and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak.
In 1976, Bruce and his family moved to Edmond, where he was director of operations of the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond for 41 years. He was a member of the Downtown OKC Rotary Club, served on the board of the Edmond Historical Society and was a founding member of the Edmond Book Club.
Bruce adored music and enjoyed 25 years singing bass as a member and president of the OKChorale Men's Barbershop Chorus and was named Barbershopper of the Year in 1990. Bruce enjoyed traveling around the country, especially by train, but he loved relaxing summer vacations near Frankfort, Mich. at "Cedar Bluff," the family cottage along the shores of Lake Michigan, where he savored the spectacular sunsets.
Bruce was preceded in death by his son, David Love of Glenview, Ill., brother, Rev. Dr. Paul Love of Madurai, India and sister-in-law, Barbara Strauss of Newbury, Ohio.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 65 years, Ruthanne Love of Edmond; daughter-in-law Janet Love of Glenview, Ill.; son John Love and his wife Shannon of Georgetown, Texas; daughter Carol Schwabe and her husband Beau of Guthrie, Okla.; grandchildren: Elizabeth Love of Glenview, Ill., Katie Wikstrom and husband Devon of Round Rock, Texas, Mallory Love of Los Angeles, Calif., Colleen Black and husband Rex of Cedar Park, Texas, and Mikayla and Gabrielle Schwabe of Guthrie, Okla.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Edmond.
Published on January 11, 2018