In Memory of

Bruce Oentrich

October 6, 1957 - August 25, 2015
Bruce Edward Oentrich, the son of Elda (Kuehl) and Fritz Oentrich, was born in Cherokee, IA on October 6, 1957. He received his early education in Pipestone, MN and Larrabee, IA, and completed his schooling in the Cherokee Public School. He was employed at the Cherokee Work Activity Center for 39 years. Bruce took great pride in his work, and loved his job so much that he was disappointed when snow days caused the work center to close. He enjoyed participating in Special Olympics, and was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys. His favorite pastimes were polka dancing, listening to polka music, bowling, swimming, watching wrestling, and collecting pig figurines. His greatest joys were spending time with his family and his roommates at Cherry House, and eating hot fudge caramel sundaes from Dairy Queen. Bruce was very proud of the fact that he was able to live independently. He was blessed with many dedicated people who supported him with this achievement. His sister, Shirley, had been his guardian since 1984, and a long-time caregiver for him. He was a loving, caring, happy person, and had a multitude of friends. With his wonderful sense of humor and witty personality, he was always the life of the party. He will be missed by all who knew him. When his health began to fail, Bruce moved to Country Side Estates in Cherokee. He passed away there on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at the age of 57. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Arlo 'Ozzie' Oentrich, and a brother-in-law, Bob Zembsch. Survivors include two sisters, Shirley Zembsch of Cherokee, IA, and Sharon (Orlyn) Miller of Minneapolis, MN; a sister-in-law, Joan Oentrich of Cherokee, IA; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, the family suggests memorials in Bruce's name be directed to the Cherokee County Work Services at 322 S. Lake St., Cherokee, IA 51012
10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 St. Paul's United Methodist Church 531 W. Main St., Cherokee **In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials in Bruce's name be directed to: Cherokee Country Work Services 322 S. Lake St., Cherokee, IA 51012 Thank you.
Pastor Cris Decious
HONORARY PALLBEARERS Calvin Carver Denny Holton Donnie Bright Tom Kirchner Dick Bakker Kelly Clark Dennis Bahr Don Agostine
2:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17th Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening.
Organist-Betty Point Accordion-Opal Wharton Vocalist-Nicole Campbell
Liberty Cemetery Calumet,Iowa


Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Shirley and family, we are sorry to hear of Bruces passing. We remember how Special Bruce was to your family.We were neighbors to you when you and Bob and family lived next door to us in Paullina. We both lived behind a store then and our kids played together, You showed your love to Bruce as his needs were needed and cared about . We want to express our Sympathy to you and your family. Marv and Bertha Sjaarda”
- marvin Sjaarda
Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“On behalf of surviving members of Bruce's Family, Kathy, Mike, Dan, Melinda and Melissa, I would like to thank all of Bruce's friends and family for making his life full of joy and happiness. Bruce was more like a brother to us as opposed to an uncle. He grew up with us playing basketball, football, cards and any other activity that we were involved in on any given day. We will miss going back to Cherokee and taking him to Dairy Queen, out to eat, or surprising him at The Work Activity Center. We will miss you so much Bruce. Love your nieces and nephews, Kathy, Mike, Dan, Melinda and Melissa ”
- Dan A. Zembsch
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Bruce was a great friend to the Sauer family and he filled our home with conversation. laughs and good times.”
- Bill M. Sauer
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“bruce always made staff and I smile- no matter how bad our day was going we all were happier when bruce came to see us- we always had a present for him on his birthday and would sing happy birthday to him- he had been part of the endoscopy family at st lukes since 1989- we all will miss him and his smiles- he always wanted to give us a hug- what a privilege to have been part of his life- from dr hartje and the endoscopy staff at st lukes Sioux city iowa ”
- james l hartje m.d.
Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Have never met an individual who changed more lives for the better! I see your imprint on every member of your family (Zembschs & Millers & many more)in their compassion & love. Thank you Brucie-for always being who you are! Always a smile and joke, making everyone who crossed your path happier, just from knowing you! Will love and miss you greatly. Knowing that you are an Angel in heaven-just as you were a special, one of kind, Angel here on earth! Keep shining Brucie :)”
- Sarah Zembsch
Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers are with you. We enjoyed knowing Bruce and he will be missed by many.”
- James & Karmen Hodgdon, Madison, Josie & Jacob
Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts are with all of Bruce's family. We enjoyed seeing Bruce when he visited Mpls. We would have dinners out; burgers, fries, and malts for us, but a sundae for Bruce! When we went bowling, Bruce's score would usually be higher than mine. He will be missed. There will always be a special place in my heart for Bruce.”
- Diane
Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Bruce, You are going to be greatly missed. I know that you are sitting with Jesus right now and that you are laughing and playing and bringing smiles to everyone. Say Hi and give hugs to Grandma, Grandpa, Ozzie and Dad for me. You brought us such joy and love and you will forever be in our Hearts. Love you. See you again someday.”
- Lisa Jensen
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to all who loved Bruce...we will all miss a very special Coca Cola Cowboy!”
- Denny
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Bruce was a good man I had the privilege to have known him. He will be greatly missed.”
- Lorie Decatur
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Im sory for your loss,he was a funny and polite guy.I always talked to him when I seen him”
- Melissa Eberly
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“We was saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. He is at peace and with him Mama again. He was loved by so many people and will be remembered always for his devilish grin:) Fly high my friend.”
- Jerome and Patsy
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