Bruce Bearchum, aged 71, of Hardin passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 29, 2019.
He was born November 18, 1947 in Pendleton, Oregon, the eldest son of eight children. He began his military service in February 1968, he served in the United States Army as a staff sergeant. His service was cut short when he suffered a shrapnel wound.
After leaving the army, Bruce was married to Madeline Wiley for 30 years and together they had six children – Viola, Bruce II, Mariah, Brice, Winona and Brian. On March 30, 2002, Bruce married Nikki Rose. They later adopted Bruce’s grandsons, Jason and Elijah, and then their daughter, Nizhoni, was born.
In 1982, Bruce dedicated his life to the Creator and God of the Bible, Jehova, and began a lifelong career of sharing his treasured faith and truths from the Bible with others. He even learned Spanish with his family so that he could expand his ministry.
Bruce loved his family and friends and had a radiant smile and infectious laugh. He had boundless energy and was always busy. Some of his favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, and taking camping trips with his family. Bruce had a big heart and was always ready and willing to help everyone in need, and his warm bear hugs made everything better.
As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Bruce firmly believed in comforting Bible promise of living again on this earth when paradise conditions are restored.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Nikki; and his children Jason, Elijah and Nizhoni, Viola, Bruce, Winona, and Brian; his siblings Sophia, Ben, Curtis, and Eleanor; as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Cecelia; siblings Brenda, Frances, and Keith; daughter Mariah and son Brice.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 3rd 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 405 S. 36th Street West, Billings, MT. A reception will take place at 2:00 pm at the Hardin Fairgrounds. A family burial will be held privately.
Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.