Sept. 20, 1948-Dec. 15, 2013
Bruce Willard Tjaden, 65, of Detroit Lakes, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013, following a long, courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family, under the care of Red River Valley Hospice.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee. Burial will take place at Lakeside Cemetery in Frazee.
Visitation will be held 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee, with a prayer service to take place at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.fureyfh.com.
Bruce was born to Johann and Ruth (Block) Tjaden on September 20, 1948 in Redwood Falls. He grew up with 15 siblings. The family made their home in Morton for a time, then moved around due to his father's construction job.
Bruce graduated from high school in Willmar in 1967. He moved to Detroit Lakes in 1970, and worked for Swift Company until 1975. He then went to work for Snappy Sheet Metal, where he worked for 34 years, retiring after losing a lung to lung cancer in 2006.
In 2002, Bruce met Linda Hendrickson. The couple married in 2003.
Bruce enjoyed playing and singing music, dancing, deer hunting, and for his whole life, had a love for horses.
Following his retirement, Bruce built a street rod 1949 pickup, his "Cowboy Cadillac," which was his pride and joy. Bruce also enjoyed the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
Surviving Bruce are his wife Linda, of Detroit Lakes; son, John (Maribel) Tjaden of Florida; and daughters, Melissa Tjaden of Colorado, Krista Tjaden of Oklahoma and Sheri (James) Moe of Detroit Lakes; four grandsons, Joshua, Daniel, Austin and Allen; six granddaughters, Raelyn, Dezarae, Samantha, Aralyia, Aveia and Ariann; five sisters; six brothers; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Bruce in death were his parents; four brothers; and one sister.