Bruce Leuschen, 59, of Story City, Iowa, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017, at his home in Story City. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Story City. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Bruce Lawrence Leuschen was born Nov. 16, 1957, in Harlan, Iowa, to William and Mildred (Schwery) Leuschen. He grew up on a farm in the Portsmouth/Panama area and graduated from Woodbine High School. Bruce then attended Iowa State University and obtained his DVM degree from Iowa State University Veterinary School in 1983. Bruce married Kelly Clayberg on Aug. 21, 1983. Bruce practiced as a veterinarian in Cascade and LaMotte, Iowa, until 1992, when the family moved to Decorah where Bruce worked for the Postville Vet Clinic. In 2006, Bruce and Kelly moved to Story City in order for Bruce to join the staff at Iowa State University in Ames. In 2014, Bruce accepted a position at Braum's Dairy in Tuttle, Okla. Due to his declining health, Kelly and Bruce returned to Story City in late May of 2016.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Kelly of Story City; one daughter, Jessica (Jonathan) Bolton of Niceville, Fla., two sons, Jordan (Hannah) Leuschen of Waterloo and Jackson Leuschen of Cedar Rapids; six brothers, Ron (Evelyn) Leuschen of Antioch, Calif., Dennis (Elizabeth) Leuschen of Rolla, Mo., William (Linda) Leuschen of Silvis, Ill., Paul (Michelle) Leuschen of Nashua, and Bennett (Lana) Leuschen of Council Bluffs; six sisters, Sue (Dean) Hager of Shawnee, Kan., Patricia (John) Hruska of Omaha, Neb., Annette (Peter) Dunlop of Woodbine, Faye (Richard) French of Randolph, Carol (Mike) Robertson of La Vista, Neb., and Betty (Cary) Saar of Treynor.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, one sister (Marla), and one brother (Michael).
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City.