7/23/1947 – 12/7/2010
Bruce W. Train, age 63, of Six Lakes, passed away on Tuesday, December 7th at Blodgett Hospital, Grand Rapids. He was born on July 23, 1947, in Howard City, the son of Lyle & Floretta (Beduhn) Train.
On June 13, 1969, in Sparta, Bruce was married to the former Carol J. VanOost. She survives in addition to their children, Barb Train & John Chubb of Stanton and Robert & Jennifer Train of Belding, five grandchildren, Zachary, Drew, Dereck, Aiden and Morgan, his mother, Floretta Train of Stanton. Also, three sisters, Diane Kent of Greenville, Patricia Rathbun of Stanton, Michelle & James Graham of Sheridan and one brother, Kermit & Delores Train of Dayton, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his father and a brother-in-law, James Earle.
Bruce has been a resident of the Six Lakes area since 2001, formerly of Stanton. He retired as a teacher from Central Montcalm Public Schools, where he was also very active in sports, having coached football, track and wrestling for many years. He was a member of the Sons of the American Post 452 of Stanton.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 10, 2010, beginning at 11:00 A.M. at the First Congregational Church in Stanton with Pastor Jamey Nichols officiating.
Following the funeral service, graveside services and interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, Stanton.
Visitation will be held at the Simpson Family Funeral Home, Sheridan, on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorial considerations can be made to the Central Montcalm Schools wrestling program. There will be envelopes available at the funeral home.
On 12/8/2010 Mark Freeman said:
In more ways than I can Express, “Coach” Train has impacted my life possitively…. He will be missed and remembered.
On 12/8/2010 Missy Studley said:
The wrestling program should feel honored by receiving what will be a generous gift in Bruce’s memory.
On 12/8/2010 Chad and Penny (Ritter) Barber said:
Sorry to hear of Bruce’s Passing. Thinking of you.
On 12/8/2010 Travis said:
Coach Train you will be missed!
On 12/8/2010 Charles R. Rathbun said:
So much more than my uncle, my role model, mentor, and very best friend. The times we shared when I was young have impacted my entire life. Everyone who was touched by his compassion, wisdom, and love will forever greatful for all you give to us. I cheerish all the memories we have grown and will have a void in my life without you.
On 12/8/2010 Aimee (Ramseyer) DiPonio said:
My condolences go out to you and your family. I remember my days of coaching track with Bruce at CM and how he always liked to joke around with me. He was always so proud of his children and often talked about going to MSU wrestling matches not matter where they were. He will be missed.
On 12/8/2010 Sherry Petersen said:
Nice picture of Bruce. A great guy and friend. Many good memories of when CM teachers and spouses would get together. We shared some great times. God bless his family for their great loss.
On 12/8/2010 Barbie and Greg Millard said:
Carol, Barbi, Rob, Jenny, and family – May our thoughts and prayers be with you at this time. Bruce was a good husband, dad and grandpa and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
On 12/9/2010 Paula Proctor said:
Our hearts go out to COACH TRAIN’S family. The CM wrestling family will miss his wisdom and impact he had on the boys .
On 12/9/2010 Gordon, Linda and Cindy Andersen said:
Our love and Prayers go out to Carol, Rob & Family, and Barb & Family. Bruce was a great friend and fellow Member of the Lakeview Community Wellness Center. He was always there working out no matter how he felt. He was a true friend. He will be missed by all. Gordon, Linda and Cindy Andersen
On 12/9/2010 Kim Diehl said:
My hugs and prayers go to you in this difficult time. Know that there were many good friends waiting to greet Bruce, with my parents in the front of the line. The Diehl girls are always available, whatever your needs (of course, Kristi is a bit closer than I am). Take care of each other. Kim
On 12/9/2010 Marvin and Janice Neitzel said:
Carol, Barbi, Rob and family. . .Sorry to hear of your great loss. Bruce was a very friendly guy who always had time to talk. We are thinking of you at this time.
On 12/9/2010 Comden Family said:
Sorry to hear about Bruce, he will be truly missed, you are all in our thoughts.
On 12/9/2010 Angie (Schultz) Sorenson said:
Carol,Rob,Barbi- I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thought and prayers are with you. Bruce will never be forgotten.
On 12/9/2010 Steve, Lisa, Katie and Allie Cramer said:
We are very sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers will always be with you.
On 12/9/2010 Susie and Anita said:
Never quite knew what to expect from Bruce. Come to think of it, that’s what made Bruce so special. You were a good man, Bruce Train! You’ll be missed.
On 12/9/2010 Candace (Jaehnig) Larkin said:
Bruce and I started kindergarten together at Cedar Crest School in Greenville. I ran into him a few years ago at a Central Montcalm/Greenville basketball game and it was such fun catching up on each others’ lives. My sincere condolences to his friends and family.
On 12/9/2010 Steve Strait said:
I remember when Bruce was hired at CM. He always had a positive attitude and it was obvious he enjoyed working with young people. My thoughts and prayers will be for the family.
On 12/9/2010 Julie Alexander Mikek said:
Awwww Mr. Train…. So sorry to hear of his passing…. He was one of the great teachers of CMHS. We all loved him!!! He will be missed.. love to the family and prayers of strength for you all….
On 12/9/2010 Ron & Cindy Heinbeck said:
Carol, Rob, Barb and family, Our sincere sympathies go out to you in your loss. We hope that you are sustained by the many good memories of your Husband, Dad and Grandpa Bruce. He was certainly a great guy who made an impact not only on family, but so many young people! Ron & Cindy Heinbeck Angie and Todd VerDuin Family Melissa Stachowiak Family Heather Baehre
On 12/9/2010 Kathy Kerslake said:
Bruce welcomed me to the LCWC with open arms 2 1/2 years ago. He would give me a hard time (especially about politics) but I looked forward to seeing him every morning. He always made me look at myself and all I had and stop thinking of the things I DIDN’T have. He was a wonderful man. I’ll miss him very much.
On 12/9/2010 Jason Wernholm said:
Carol,Rob and Barb my thoughts and prayers.Lots of great memories of Coach Train.If you need anything anytime we are right down the road Carol please don’t hesitate to call.
On 12/9/2010 Jack and Gerry Longstreet said:
So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. I enjoyed coaching with Bruce at Central Montcalm. He always had the kids interest at heart and was an outstanding wrestling coach. He put Central Montcalm on the map. We will miss him, but have many fond memories of our times together. Carol, you and the kids are in Gerry and my thoughts and prayers.
On 12/9/2010 Lori (Braley) McGruder & Family said:
Another great one has passed…Carol, Rob & Jenny, Barb & family: Thinking of you at this difficult time and remembering so many wonderful memories of times gone by. God bless you.
On 12/9/2010 Joanie Jones Barrett said:
Bruce will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Sure wish he could have made it over to visit when he was feeling better. He fought a good battle and will be remembered for the time he dedicated to the youth at Central Montcalm High School. My prayers are with you as you deal with this great loss. Joanie Jones Barrett Caledonia, MI
On 12/10/2010 Bob & Jill Spencer said:
Please accept our condolences on Bruce’s passing. He was a devoted husband, father, teacher and coach. He leaves a legacy of many wonderful memories.
On 12/10/2010 Paul Cooley said:
Thoughts and prayers to the Train family. Paul, Ricci, Nate and Oscar Cooley
On 12/10/2010 Judy Bingaman said:
Carol, Rob and Barb – so sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. I took most of my business classes from him – great teacher. Your family is in our thought and prayers. Judy, David and Heidi; Frank and Shirley
On 12/11/2010 Jeffrey Tucker said:
Mr. Train’s passion for teaching business and economics inspires me in my career today. Thanks for the direction, and for being a great teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Train Family.
On 12/13/2010 Angie (Wells) Bruinooge said:
I just heard about this today, I am so sorry I missed the funeral Barbi. Your dad was a funny guy and a wonderful coach to many. I pray for healing for all of you. Many prayers and hugs to you.
On 12/14/2010 Chrissy (Parks) Morris said:
Carol – I just heard about Bruce’s passing this weekend….. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed! I always appreciated his wisdom through school and afterwards and his smile whenever I saw him. He will be missed by all! God bless you and your family!