Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 4, 2011

Bruce Arlo Thomet


TRAVERSE CITY — Bruce Arlo Thomet, 69, of Traverse City, passed away on May 27, 2011, at Munson Medical Center, with his loving wife, Myra, and daughter, Josie, holding his hands.

Bruce and Myra were married on Oct. 25, 1959; they shared 51 1/2 years together and have four children, Randy (Sylvia) Thomet, of Tennessee, Todd, from Coldwater, their daughter, Deeana Lynn, passed away in 1983 of cancer at 17-years-old, and their youngest child, Josie (Rick) Rousseau, of Traverse City. There are nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Bruce is also survived by his sister, Sherry, of Kalamazoo.

Bruce was a truck driver for Yellow Freight Systems out of Marshall for 20 years. In 1985 Bruce and Myra purchased the Clam River Dockside on Torch Lake. They enjoyed owning and operating the bar/restaurant until they retired and moved to Traverse City.

Bruce enjoyed spending time with his family and friends; he always had a story to share or a joke to tell. He seemed to make friends wherever he went. He loved deer hunting, fishing and morel mushrooming. He was rarely bored as he kept busy with his many hobbies and projects.

Bruce was preceded in death by an infant niece, Krista Caye Kolodizieizyck; his brother, Terry; his beautiful daughter, DeeDee; his parents, Arlo and Eleanor Thomet; and his mother and father-in-law, Juanita and the Reverend Hubert Johnston.

Bruce had made arrangements to donate his body to science. He hoped to give back to the medical community that had done everything possible for his daughter, DeeDee, during her courageous battle with cancer at the University of Michigan's Mott's Children's Hospital in 1981 to 1983.

His family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to his many doctors and nurses at Munson, as well as his personal physicians for all of the wonderful care Bruce had received over the years for his multiple medical problems, and finally, Science Care, that delicately and professionally cared for Bruce immediately after his death, along with the aftercare that has been given to his wife, Myra.