ForeverMissed
We have had the honor to share our lives with an exceptional man.  Bruce Alan Roquet served others with enthusiasm and great joy.  He had a passion for Jesus and believed in God’s redeeming love.  He trusted God’s purpose for his life relentlessly even when it conflicted with his own desire. 

Bruce was born in Joplin, MO. He grew up in Hammond, IN and attended Morton High School. Three semesters into his Religion degree at Grand Rapids Baptist College, he met Deb, the woman he would love for the rest of his life—the next 43 years.  In 2003, Bruce and Deb obtained their Masters of Spiritual Nurture from Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, WA.  In Bruce’s words, theirs was an “intense, passionate, deep and committed love for each other in all times and situations”.  The last words Bruce spoke on earth were to Deb, telling her “You are the love of my life.”

Bruce spent his life pursuing the good of others. He spent the majority of his professional career in Human Resource Management and greatly appreciated the relationships built with his work family. He treasured the time he spent as a Youth and College Ministry Pastor and was grateful to have the opportunity to be present in the lives of the students as they continued their journeys. Bruce was dedicated to international missions with work in Mexico and Haiti. 

Regardless of where he was in life, Bruce immersed himself in nature. He had a great talent for gardening and landscape design. He knew how to slow down and be in awe of the beauty around him. Bruce loved to sit outside to watch storms, walk in streams, stargaze, bike the Katy Trail, and teach his grandchildren how to identify edible berries and name birds, flowers, and trees.

Bruce was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and although he was never successful in persuading any children or grandchildren to follow his lead—he never stopped trying!

Devoted to his grandchildren, Bruce moved to Minnesota in 2018 to be more present in their lives. Ever true to his commitments—Bruce excelled at this goal. He was a consistent model of joyfulness, humility, forgiveness, commitment, and shockingly good driveway chalk art skills.

With his family present at his side, Bruce Alan Roquet passed away April 14th, 2021, in Sarasota, FL from complications of COVID-19 pneumonia.  Bruce joined in heaven his parents—Jacob and Jean; sister-in-law—Susan; and precious great-niece—Delainey.  Bruce is survived by his love—Deb; children—Luke, Rachel (Kodell), and Naomi (Nick); grandchildren—Shatera (Dan), Elena, Nyah, Lola, Isabella, Liza, Evangeline, and KJ; great-grandchildren—Liam and Malea; siblings—John, Jacob (Carol), Robert (Suzanne), and Nancy (Don); and so many LOVED nieces and nephews. 

We welcome all to a celebration of Bruce’s life at First Evangelical Free Church (1375 Carman Road; Ballwin, MO 63021) on Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm.

The depth of love and gratitude we hold for you, Bruce, is immeasurable.  You will ALWAYS be in our hearts!  ❤️  

Posted by Shelly Tiemeyer on June 11, 2021
Bruce, you and Deb were the first people to reach out to me after I moved to Bothell from Kansas. You invited me to your home for dinner. I think you made macaroni and cheese, and it was amazing! Your warmth and generosity made me feel like everything was going to be OK. Bruce, you always made me feel so welcome. That was such a gift to me. I will never forget you. May you be surrounded by God’s love forever.

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Posted by Shelly Tiemeyer on June 11, 2021
Bruce, you and Deb were the first people to reach out to me after I moved to Bothell from Kansas. You invited me to your home for dinner. I think you made macaroni and cheese, and it was amazing! Your warmth and generosity made me feel like everything was going to be OK. Bruce, you always made me feel so welcome. That was such a gift to me. I will never forget you. May you be surrounded by God’s love forever.
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Shared by Timothy Helgemo on June 12, 2021
I was blessed to be able to work with Bruce and experience his great heart in mentoring and counseling my son Brian in his teens and early adulthood. My wife Claudia and I thank our great Savior and Lord for placing Bruce when Brian needed a friend. Thank you Deb and family for sharing your godly, loving husband, Dad and Granddad.  Thank you, Lord for continuing the legacy of faith through Bruce and Deb.
Until we meet Him in the air,
Tim and Claudia Helgemo The Villages FL