J. Bruce Pinkham, 101, of Secor, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka.
Funeral services will be 12 noon on Saturday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home, El Paso with Rev. Charlie Graul officiating. Cremation rites will follow the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso. Visitation will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the El Paso Fire Department or Secor United Methodist Church.
Bruce was born January 26, 1913 in El Paso, IL the son of George Cleve and Fern Roth Pinkham. He married Mary Elizabeth Dust on September 4, 1937 in El Paso, IL. She died October 23, 1994.
Surviving are two sons Charles (Tangy) Pinkham of Secor and John (Mary) Pinkham of Texas; one sister Margaret (Mark) Murphy of Phoenix, AZ; five grandchildren: Teri Pinkham Bradley of Wheat Ridge, CO, Andy (Sandy) Pinkham of Gridley, Todd (Susie) Pinkham of Mendota, Krista (Ron) Bachman of Secor, and Trisha (LaWade) Keeton of Peoria; sixteen great grandchildren: Justin, Matt, Joey, Thomas, Ryan, Jordan, Christina, Josh, Morgan, Becca, Leah, Payton, Kamron, Rylan, Nathan, and Collin; and six great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers Clark and Fred.
He was a member of the Secor United Methodist Church. Bruce owned and operated his own Trucking Company for 30 years and owned Pinkham Tap for 10 years. He served on the El Paso Fire Department for 45 years. For the past year Bruce was a resident at Heritage Manor in El Paso, where he knew no strangers. His smile would light up a room and he always had a hand shake. Bruce’s greatest joy rested in the accomplishments of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He has left behind quite a legacy that will forever be remembered in the hearts of those he loved.