Bruce Daniel McCoy was born Feb. 14, 1952, to Lawrence and Anna (Pride) McCoy in Columbus, Ohio.
He grew up in rural Kansas and Nebraska. Bruce graduated from Blue Hill High School in 1970 and joined the U.S. Army in 1972.
Bruce was married to Nancy H. Green Aug. 11, 1973, and they had four children together. Bruce served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer in Fort Carson, Colo.; Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, N.D.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Camp Red Cloud, South Korea; and Robinson, Ill., until 1979.
After seven years in the military, he worked as a state trooper on the Nebraska State Patrol before going on to school at the University of Nebraska. Bruce earned his bachelor of science degree in early education in December 1986 and his master’s degree in education administration in May 1993.
As an educator Bruce worked as an elementary teacher in Winnebago, Neb., an elementary principal in Springfield, S.D., Wagner, S.D.; Saint Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D., and as education director at the former STAR Academy in Custer, S.D. Bruce also spent those years coaching high school football and boys and girls basketball.
Bruce is largely remembered for his investment into the lives of local youth. He was a leader but mostly an encourager, coach and mentor.
Bruce loved riding his motorcycle with his wife, family and friends, especially with The Chariots Of Light, a group he rode with to share the love of Jesus.
He loved sports. Beyond playing in high school sports, he continued to play and coach volleyball and softball on adult leagues. He enjoyed sharing his passion for sports with his kids and grandkids, especially as a Huskers and Yankees fan.
Along with his wife, Bruce spent the majority of their marriage faithfully serving in the churches they attended. Bruce had a heart for children and loved teaching and encouraging youth as a Sunday School teacher and youth group minister and even opened a youth center in Crete, Neb. He also served as an adult Sunday School teacher, bible study leader, served on the sound and tech team and was an elder at the Wagner (S.D.) Community Church.
Bruce was a loving and loyal husband, father, papa, brother, uncle and friend. He loved telling stories and making people laugh. He believed the best in others and made friends everywhere he went. His legacy will continue on through his family and the strong Christian values he embraced. He loved and protected his family, especially his beloved wife, whom he thoroughly enjoyed life with. Bruce was so proud of his family and cherished the times when they were all together. His presence, humor and wisdom will be dearly missed.
Bruce, of Platte City, Mo., died Aug. 29, 2018. He was 66.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Anna McCoy; parents-in-law, Walter Green and Charlotte Peterson; and stepfather-in-law, Henry Peterson.
Bruce is survived by his wife of over 45 years, Nancy McCoy; sons, Eric (Jennica) McCoy of Cheyenne Wyo., Andrew (Janae) McCoy of Menno, S.D and David (Mary Jo) McCoy of Platte City; daughter, Mary (Jason) Pearson of Lincoln Neb.; sister, Lydia Fick; brothers, George (Anne) McCoy and Ray (Linda) McCoy; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emma and William McCoy, Isaiah and Hannah Pearson, Alyson, Charlotte, and Rebecca McCoy, and Kaelea, Ethan, Andrew, Jonathan and Liam McCoy; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
His family welcomes you to join them in a celebration of his life Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Living Outreach Church in Custer.