PHOENIX - Bruce A. Baumler, 69, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Administration Medical Center in Phoenix surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 23, 1943, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Emil and Myrna Baumler. He was a resident of the Upper Peninsula for most of his life until recently splitting his time between Arizona and Michigan.
He married Gail Thatcher on Sept. 7, 1968.
He enjoyed painting, drawing and woodcarving and had real talent for it. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, a sweet smile and a big, kind heart.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Gail Baumler of Mesa, Ariz.; a son, Brent Baumler of Appleton, Wis.; a daughter, Vikki Baumler of Green Bay, Wis.; and three grandchildren.
Per his wishes, memorial services will be held in spring 2013 in his hometown of Iron Mountain.