Bruce Manhire loved baking bread for people, cooking and fishing. He earned a certificate from the Center for Creative Studies and worked for many years as an automotive clay sculptor/modeler, retiring from Ford Motor Company. His retirement was long and spent with his beloved wife, Mary, at their home in Hadley, Michigan or at Ponce Inlet, Florida when not taking a cruise.
At age 14, he met Mary and told the story of falling in love with her then until he passed on March 13, 2023 at age 88. They dated, writing daily letters through Bruce’s Army service in Korea and married on April 13, 1957. They raised 3 children, taking them on camping trips through much of the US and Canada.
Bruce was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary; father of Holly (Michael) Adams, Jeff (Michele) Manhire & Denise (William) Donohue; grandpa of Aaron, Nicholas, Lilley, Warren & Nolan; preceded in death by 3 brothers: Roy, Percy & Fred “Fritz”; brother in law of Dorothy (late Dennis) Lemon, Tom (Ronnie) Warren & Margaret (Gordon) Boring; survived by many nieces, nephews & friends.
Bruce and his family’s lives would have been happier had depression and bipolar disorder been acknowledged and treated in that era. We are grateful that he was at peace during his last weeks and confident of God’s love.