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Col. Bruce D. Strotman, USAF (Ret.) passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 9, 2013.   
He was born to Leslie and Amanda Strotman on May 10, 1932, in Waverly, Iowa.   Bruce grew up in Waverly, attending elementary through high school with his future wife Laura Gogg. He graduated with a degree in Forestry from Iowa State University.  In 1954, Bruce began 58 years of marriage to Laura, a 28-year Air Force Career, and a lifetime of service to his family, his country and his community.  
During his Air Force career, Bruce flew more than 20 different aircraft and more than 300 combat hours and 75 sorties during a tour in Vietnam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star (combat “V”), and pilot’s wings from both the Vietnamese and Chinese Air Forces. For his later work with security service and electronic security command in the airborne collection of intelligence, Bruce was inducted into the Freedom Through Vigilance Hall of Honor. He was a central figure in the RC 135 Rivet Joint Modernization Program, which is credited with dramatically reducing casualties in Desert Storm/Shield and later conflicts. His other Air Force awards included the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Bruce retired from the Air Force in 1981. He and Laura moved to Rockwall that year, where he worked for E-Systems and Raytheon. Bruce was active in Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church as a contributor, a volunteer and a member of the committee which built the new church. He maintained close ties with his Air Force colleagues and his family in Iowa. Above all,  he treasured his children, his grandchildren, and his beloved wife, Laura, who accompanied him through life with unflagging love and devotion.
Laura passed aways with Bruce at her bedside on Dec. 29, 2012. Bruce was also preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.  
He is survived by six children, Andrew (Jane) Strotman, Julie (Bill) Ohde, Daniel (Katherine) Strotman, Sally (George) Lembrick, Mary (John) Rush, and Samuel (Margaret) Strotman; 16 grandchildren and two sisters, Betty Arns and Muriel Nasby.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Aug. 13, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 1305 Damascus Road, Rockwall, TX 75087.
Rest Haven Funeral Home - Rockwall Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Presbyterian Hospice, 4350 Sigma Rd, No. 400, Dallas, TX 75244 or the Freedom Through Vigilance Association, P.O. Box 691616, San Antonio, TX 78269-1616
Online condolences may be made at www.resthavenfuneral.com and www.heraldbanner.com.
Published on  August 15, 2013
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