Bruce Sergeant

May 2, 1947 - February 7, 2021
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Lyman Bruce Sergeant, “Bruce” as he prefers, died unexpectedly from Covid-19 at the age of 73. Bruce took his last breath on February 7, 2021. Bruce was living in Sahuarita, AZ, spending summers in the foothills outside Boulder CO.

Bruce was born on May 2nd, 1947 to Lyman Byron Sergeant and Ferne F Jacoba Sergeant. He was the first of their 3 boys (Alan & Jeff) born in Burlington, Iowa. Growing up in rural Pleasant Grove, Bruce attended a one-room schoolhouse before transferring to the public school in Mediapolis where he graduated in 1965. (As soon as he got his driver’s license, he drove a school bus transporting many other rural students.) Bruce graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in Math/Computer Science from the University of Iowa.

The army was quick to draft Bruce upon his graduation in 1969. Through a twist of fate, he was stationed in Germany, where the army utilized his computer skills in Army Intelligence. While in Europe, Bruce acquired a love for downhill skiing. After an honorable discharge from the service, Bruce moved to Denver CO to pursue that.

Bruce spent his career in Computer-Systems Engineering in Denver and Boulder Colorado. He met his wife, Maureen Rita Blackford, at his first job at Mountain States Bankcard – Master Card. The two of them quit their jobs and traveled the US and Canada for 3 months. This was the beginning of their adventurous life together.

As many will attest, Bruce was a bit of a wild man in his younger years. Life was never boring when around him. Bruce had a great sense of humor and was fun to be with. Bruce and Maureen spent much of their summers camping and boating with family and friends, which often brought out his wild side. They rode ATVs, shot potato guns, played horseshoes, and enjoyed a good campfire. They also enjoyed canoeing and golfing.

Having spent most of his youth on the Mississippi river, Bruce developed a love of water. This took the couple to island vacations; snorkeling and scuba diving, sailing and boating through most of the Caribbean and some of the Pacific. He was currently planning their next scuba diving trip to Bonaire, Nederland Antilles.

Bruce’s life was cut short. He leaves behind his grieving wife Maureen, brother Jeff (Connie), family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Al and most recently brother-in-law David Black.

According to Bruce’s wishes, memorial donations may be made to his high school, Mediapolis Education Foundation  .  Select “Donate” and include  on the form “This donation is in honor of L. Bruce Sergeant – Class of 1965”.




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Born: May 2, 1947
Died: February 7, 2021

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Sharon Lyons posted on 3/11/21

I am so sorry to hear about Bruce. It's a tragedy, really. Although I didn't know Bruce well, I was always impressed with his community spirit and concern for others. Those attributes are a sign of a life well-lived. What more could one ask? Bruce will be missed.


Marjorie Horn posted on 3/9/21

I have known Bruce since grade school in Yarmouth, Iowa. I have enjoyed reading everyones notes about what a special person he is. I know he was always special throughout the k-12 years. I feel happy that he had such a wonderful life with you Maureen. May you continue your happy life with Bruce on your shoulder. He is missed here in Iowa too.


Debbie Squires posted on 2/28/21

I met Bruce first, sometime in 1977 or 1978 at work. And it wasn't long before I met Maureen. Bruce was proud of Maureen and he included her in everything. From after-work happy hours (where she was the only one not employed by BBRC) to his softball games to every fun activity. This continued throughout his life. I have Bruce to thank for Maureen, my forever friend. He will always be missed.


Angela Pierce posted on 2/26/21

Bruce touched so many lives. He had a fun-loving spirit and a zest for life. He and Maureen had an adventurous and fun life together. I was lucky enough to share many of those trips with them, which I will always treasure. I miss Bruce so much and grieve for Maureen’s loss. My condolences to Maureen and Jeff and Connie. Rest In Peace, Bruce. Love, Angela


Lynette Breffle posted on 2/24/21

Aunt maureen and Bruce we're very inspiring in my life they taught me how to camp how to appreciate nature I still remember our first camping trip you guys pick me up from westernaires you went up to the mountains and you taught me and brother how to dig a small layer in the dirt and put smoldering coals and then put dirt over it it kept us warm at night along with your two dogs best day ever thank you I will miss him dearly every time we go camping I always think of you too always here in the back of my head make sure you take the shovel he will always be in our hearts


Judy Blackford posted on 2/23/21

Maureen Bruce will be missed by many. As Larry always said, “I’m glad Maureen has Bruce.” Although he is no longer here, know he is resting on your shoulder going wherever you go. Love Judy


Toni Hippeli posted on 2/23/21

Early on in my relationship with Jerome Nickerson, I was introduced to Bruce Sergeant and his band of adventurers, often grounded in their working experiences at MasterCard. There were jeeping trips straight up mining trails and daredevil stunts off houseboats at Lake Powell. We shared campfires with Bruce and Maureen along with one or more of their ever present dogs. My condolences to Maureen. Bruce is greatly missed.


Linda Breffle posted on 2/23/21

Bruce was a very important part of our family. I can hardly remember when he wasn't in our lives We have been on many camping ?️ trips with him and Maureen. He was my computer guy too! He always fixed my computer. He had so much energy and was always ready to explore new places. The trips we took with him were so memorable. We will miss him terribly


John & Marianne Sekan. Rancho Resort posted on 2/23/21

In memory of Bruce Sergeant, John & Marianne Sekan. Rancho Resort lit a candle


Andrea Stone posted on 2/21/21

Maureen, you and Bruce were so lucky to have each other and so many shared adventures. Bruce was the cream of the crop, smart, funny and a very good friend. We experience grief in our own way, so please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your soulmate. There is a Carly Simon song that I found comfort in and passing on to you. Life is Eternal, Love is Immortal and Death is only a Horizon. Peace to you and much love.


George Harper posted on 2/21/21

He led an amazing life! He was blessed by family and friends! Please accept my condolences and prayers for your peace in your grieving. He is healthy again and smiling in Heaven.


Brenda Hernandez posted on 2/21/21

Uncle Bruce blessed so many people with his kindness. Nick shared with me the story why you didn’t take Bruces’s last name, Marine Sergeant. Praying that you find comfort in your beautiful memories of him, and the knowledge that others are missing him to.


Anne Dickerson posted on 2/21/21

What a sweetheart Bruce was. ? Love and prayers Maureen.


Jim & Cindy Schumacher posted on 2/20/21

Dear Maureen, Bruce invited me into his world, October 4, 1976, at the Roman Arches tavern across from BBRC in Boulder. His world included yourself and a never-ending eclectic group of individuals determined to live life to the fullest, happiest, kindest, and most inquisitive nature ever assembled in my presence. As a naïve NCR coder from Virginia, my eyes were opened to a world never imagined. Forty-some years later, while walking on a fairway at Sunset Golf Course in Longmont, I asked you if you ever imagined your life with Bruce would have taken you to so many places, above and below the water? You stopped for a moment, laughed, and then said, “not really”. As a casual observer, “not really” was, to me, the definition of your life together, as you both embraced life with the mutual respect of not knowing what tomorrow will bring. Simply put, my friend Bruce Sergeant was a magnet for the adventure of life and all it had to offer, but what made Bruce special was that he unselfishly shared that lust for life with those he unabashedly cared for, but none more than you Maureen. My God, how I will miss him, and I thank God that I knew him. Bru, make the tee time for 9:30. I will let you know when.


Patricia Bamber posted on 2/20/21

Dear Maureen - We want to express our deepest condolences to the loss of your Bruce. He was a great guy and it was a pleasure to call him our friend. May the many wonderful memories you have bring you some small comfort at this time of grief and in the future to come. With Deep Sympathy ~ Jerry & Pat


Patty and Rick Blackford posted on 2/20/21

Maureen, our hearts break for you and the loss of Bruce. What great memories you made together. Many you can look back on and enjoy with all your friends and family. All our love and many hugs to you and Bruce's family.


Patty Blackford posted on 2/20/21

This is just heartbreaking, it seems so unreal. What a great person, husband, brother and son. So many adventures you two shared, some great memories were made. RIP Bruce!!


Jerry Frohlich posted on 2/20/21

So so sorry for your loss Maureen - I’m still in shock! What a great, fun guy Bruce was, and the best boss I ever had. Too many memories to mention. Maureen, we’re here for you and look forward to seeing you this spring. RIP “Bruskie” Jerry and Katie


Karen Fleeger posted on 2/19/21

Dear Maureen, I am so shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Bruce's sudden and unexpected passing. My heart goes out to you and all of the people he loved and who loved him in return. I remember when he got really sick with pneumonia, but he rallied like the true hero that he was. Although I never had the opportunity to know him well, Bruce certainly lived a full and amazing life with you by his side for the majority of it. May the many memories you shared sustain you during this difficult time. I truly understand what a profound loss this must be. Bruce will be missed by many, and the pool at Rancho Resort will not be the same without him. With heartfelt sympathy, Karen & Terry Fleeger


Trish & Chuck posted on 2/19/21

Deepest sympathy. You guys sure did create alot of good memories. Bruce will be missed by so many.


Tom & Peggy Monroe posted on 2/19/21

Bruce was one of the happiest people we have had the pleasure to share our lives with. His passing leaves an empty spot. So glad he was able to experience such a full and fulfilling life during his time on earth. We are sure he is watching over Maureen and all of our memories will help keep him with us in our hearts. With all our Sympathies.


Avis Janes posted on 2/19/21

Saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. He was an awesome guy that didn't know a stranger. We enjoyed meeting him and Maureen at Rancho Resort in AZ. He will be missed by so many. Our love to Maureen and condolences to his family and friends.


Carol Black posted on 2/19/21

What an amazing, beautiful tribute to a very special man. I and my family have so many loving memories of our adventures together. Bruce and Maureen were a huge part of our life as our children grew up. We will hold and cherish these memories forever. Maureen, sending you love and prayers. Love, Carol


Jeffrey G Bilkanich posted on 2/19/21

May I extend my sincere condolences to Bruce's loving wife Maureen and their family. Bruce and I had become friends @the Rancho Resort pool this winter. Many times, he & I were the only folks there and we got to know each other on a personal basis. He was very bright, interesting & affable. He led a full & happy life and I even suggested to him that he should write a memoir, which he found humorous. My only regret is that we didn't have the opportunity to spend more time together, along w/his dear wife Maureen. May he R.I.P.


Frank and Cyndy Johnson posted on 2/19/21

Bruce and Frank took bets that Maureen and I would not sign up for Scuba Diving lessons. They lost the bet! We have known Bruce and Maureen for over 40 years and traveled and dove with them all over the world. It is still a shock that you are gone to us. Love you Diving Duck!!!


LYNDA HUDSON posted on 2/19/21

Maureen- Ken and I are so sorry for your loss. We had such good times with Bruce and you. Ken is going to miss his Game partner very much. "Brewster" as I fondly nicknamed him, will always be remembered in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love, Ken and Lynda


Larry Applen posted on 2/19/21

One of the nicest happiest guys I have had the privilege to know. I will miss him very much. Always looked forward to his coming down to Rancho Resort every year!!!


Carol and Wayne Blake posted on 2/19/21

Deepest sympathy and love to you Maureen. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful guy. Proud to call him "friend".


Larry & Lu Graham posted on 2/19/21

Thanks for a lifetime of memories Bruce!! One of our favorite sayings was "lets make a memory" --but--we wasn't suppose to be done quite yet. You will be missed so much. Rest in Peace dear friend.


Carolyn Fromm posted on 2/17/21

In memory of Bruce Sergeant, Carolyn Fromm lit a candle