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Bruce Gateley

December 7, 1947 - July 21, 2013
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Bruce Lee Gateley passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Vancouver, Washington, from heart failure due to complications of diabetes. Bruce was born in Portland, Oregon on December 7, 1947 to Quentin Hudson Gateley and Geraldine (Baird) Gateley. In 1949 the family moved to Olympia, Washington where he was raised and attended local schools. Bruce graduated from Olympia High School in 1966. He attended The University of Washington for one year. He joined the Army in 1967 and served for two years and received an honorable discharge in April 3 1970, where he was trained as a sharpshooter and received a National Defense Medal. Bruce then settled...
Bruce Lee Gateley passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013 in Vancouver, Washington, from heart failure due to complications of diabetes. Bruce was born in Portland, Oregon on December 7, 1947 to Quentin Hudson Gateley and Geraldine (Baird) Gateley. In 1949 the family moved to Olympia, Washington where he was raised and attended local schools. Bruce graduated from Olympia High School in 1966. He attended The University of Washington for one year. He joined the Army in 1967 and served for two years and received an honorable discharge in April 3 1970, where he was trained as a sharpshooter and received a National Defense Medal. Bruce then settled in Vancouver, Washington where he worked and attended Clark College and graduated on June 11, 1982, with an Associate of Arts in General Studies. Durng that time period he served as President of the student body. He was hired in 1976 as a school administrator for the Vancouver School District and retired after 30 years at 59. During that time he served at his alma mater as the President of Clark College Alumni Association. Bruce has enjoyed his retirement by water skiing with his boat with his friends and using his jeep to camp out in the surrounding areas with his best friend. He loved collecting cars that he would fix up. He also was a fantastic gardener and created beautiful garden in his back yard with ponds with fish, a mini castle and several decks added on to his house. Bruce loved life and had a brilliant mind and was constantly learning everything new that he could. Bruce was predeceased by his father, Quentin Hudson Gateley in 2008. He is survived by his mother, Geri B. Gateley, who lives in Olympia in the family home. She is 90 years old. He is also survived by his older sister, Sue Gateley Justen of Paris, France; his younger sister, Ann Gateley Lynch and his brother-in-law, N. Joseph Lynch of Olympia, Washington; and his best friend of 35 years, Carmen Eastman and her husband of Vancouver, Washington. Bruce loved his family and friends, and since his passing was such a loss and surprise, the hole in our hearts is huge. His family loved him and will miss him so much. A funeral will be on Saturday, the 27th of July 2013 at 3:00p.m. in the chapel of Mills & Mills on 5725 Littlerock Rd SW in Tumwater, Washington with a reception following after the service.

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