Bruce L. Getz,June 11, 1931~April 9, 2013

Bruce L. Getz 81 of Combs entered into rest on April 9, 2013 at Willard Walker Hospice Home surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 11, 1931 in Logan, OK to Chris and Gladys Stark Getz. In 1935 the Family moved to West Fork where he was raised and educated. Bruce married Marie Combs in 1951 in Combs, Arkansas. Bruce moved to Prosser, Washington in 1954 where Bruce worked as a foreman at Star Ranch. In 1957 he purchased his current farm near Saint Paul. Bruce farmed for many years. He was employed at Saint Paul school for twenty four years. He enjoyed camping, fishing and sitting on his front porch with Marie and his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, four brothers and one great grandchild.


He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marie Getz of the home; three daughters, Betty White of Bluejacket, OK, Norma Preston of Combs, AR, and Carolyn Newman and husband Roger of Pettigrew, AR; son, Dewayne Getz of Combs, AR; brother in law, Dale Wade of Springdale; sister in laws, Margery Durfey of Kennewick, WA and Helen Durfey of Highmore, SD; eleven grandchildren; twenty two great grandchildren ; five great great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and many friends.


The Family will receive friends from 1 to 2 PM, Monday, April 15, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.  A funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jasper Hankins. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Crosses.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.

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    Janice Robinson Smith » 14. Apr, 2013

    Betty, Norma, Carolyn and Dewayne, so sorry to hear about your father passing away. Glad you were able to have him around 81 years. I saw the obituary in the paper and brought to mind the fun times I had at your house growing up. Betty, would love to have your e-mail address or are you on facebook?

    Linda Durfey Hall » 15. Apr, 2013

    Marie and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all today. I am so sorry to hear that uncle Bruce passed. I am glad that you were all with him and that you will be there for your mother. Love you all.

    Cheryl Gallaway » 15. Apr, 2013

    Sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing,, thinking of all of you on this day.

    Jim and Jude Durfey » 18. Apr, 2013

    Dear Family,
    Our condolences and sympathy are extended to you at this difficult time.
    I don’t believe we ever had the chance to meet. We were closer to Dale and Wanda Wade in their later years and they often spoke of your family. My husband’s father, James Franklin Durfey, also passed at 81 years of age, in the spring (March 1999). Such good folks.
    We just wanted you to know that extended family will be thinking of you in the days ahead.
    - Jude Durfey

    Missy Frye » 24. Apr, 2013

    I know I’m a little late in expressing my sympathies, but you have all been in my thoughts and prayers. I pray God has been and will continue to comfort you as you move forward.

    Missy Frye

    Gwen Young » 25. Apr, 2013

    Marie, Betty,Norma Carolyn and Dewayne, I just now got to watch the video of Bruce’s, he always looked so happy. I’m so sorry I didn’t make it to the services. Nick came down to Crosses but missed the service some how. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care. Love Gwen Young