Capt. Barnard "Barney" A. Bruce Jr., 82, of Coupeville, Wash., died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 on Whidbey Island, Wash.

Capt. Bruce was born Jan. 26, 1921 in Cooks, Wash., to Barnard A. Bruce Sr. and Frances Mary Bruce. He was raised in Astoria, where he was an Eagle Scout member of Boy Scout Troop 255 and the Sea Scout Ship Flying Cloud. He graduated from high school in Astoria and attended the University of Washington, serving with the Naval ROTC.

He served in the Oregon National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and was skipper of a U.S. Coast Guard fire boat in Astoria and Alaska. Family members said he loved the water and learned to pilot a Knappton tugboat as a young boy.

In the late 1960s, he married Anne Byrne in Kirkland, Wash., where he lived for a number of years. She died in 2002.

Capt. Bruce was involved in the Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts for 75 years and was the Northwest Regional Commodore of Sea Scouts for several years. He was a member of the Coupeville Lions and attended the First Methodist Church.

Capt. Bruce is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Jeanne Bruce of Auburn, Wash., David and Cathy Bruce of Lake Sammamish, Wash., and James and Karen Bruce of Seattle; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Helen and George Gunn of Astoria and Alice Fowler of Kelso, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Patricia Kelly and Nancy Barret, and two brothers, Alonzo and Joe Bruce, died earlier.

A memorial service officiated by Ken Kerkhoffs will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Maple Leaf Evangelical Church, 1059 N.E. 96th St. in Seattle, with a reception following.

An Honor Flotilla will depart from Coronet Bay State Park on Whidbey Island at 11 a.m. Oct. 4. Burial at sea will be at Deception Pass from the deck of the Sea Scout Ship Propeller on the outgoing tide at 12:08 p.m. Individuals and vessels who wish to participate in either service may call Jim Bruce at (206) 525-6821 or e-mail

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sea Scout Ship Propeller, P.O. Box 31311, Seattle, WA 98103, or to the Boy Scout organization of your choice.

Burley Funeral Chapel in Oak Harbor, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.


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