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Bruce Whitmore Nov. 22, 1918 - Oct. 26, 2008

MONTEVIDEO -- Bruce Chambers Whitmore, 89, of Montevideo, died Sunday at Westwood Health Care Center in St. Louis Park.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Community Bible Church in Montevideo. Burial and military honors will be held at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to service at the church. Arrangements are with Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Montevideo.

He was born Nov. 22, 1918, in Montevideo to Bert and Alice (Chambers) Whitmore. He graduated from Montevideo High School and attended Roosevelt College in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in England, Ireland, North Africa, Italy and Scotland and attained the rank of sergeant as a company clerk for his unit. He also wrote articles about the war for the Montevideo American Newspaper while serving overseas. After his discharge, he returned to Montevideo to take over his father's insurance agency.

He married Ruth Bronleewe on Feb. 4, 1955 in Sioux City, Iowa. They lived in Montevideo and he owned and operated Whitmore Insurance Agency until he retired 1980. He was active with Gideons International and a jail ministry. He held a weekly Bible study for prisoners at the local jail for more than 30 years. He served on the board of directors of First Federal Saving and Loan and Washington Federal. He attended First Baptist Church and later Hope Reformed Church, where he served as a deacon and elder. He was a member of Community Bible Church in Montevideo. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and as a volunteer driver for Chippewa County Family Services.

He is survived by his children: Beth (and Galen) Slater of Montevideo and Lance Whitmore of Minneapolis; three grandchildren; siblings: Judith Hanson of Bloomsburg, Penn., and John (and Ava) Whitmore of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2001.