Bruce Jay Beyerl
East Wenatchee, WA
Bruce Jay Beyerl, 62, of East Wenatchee, WA, passed away on January 24, 2014, after a brave battle with cancer. He was born to the late Stuart and Theresa Beyerl on September 6, 1951, in Hackensack, NJ. Bruce graduated from Wauwatosa East High School in Wauwatosa, WI in 1969, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management from Washington State University in Pullman, WA in 1976. Bruce was a 32-year veteran of Washington State Parks. He served at numerous parks across the state during his career, most recently as a ranger at Lake Wenatchee State Park. “Ranger Bruce” effortlessly and effectively shared his love of the outdoors with young and old alike, and was a respected instructor and colleague.
Bruce pursued his passions with vigor. He loved many styles of music and was a walking encyclopedia of rock & roll trivia, particularly from the 1960s. Ever in search of great live music, Bruce sought out small, cool mountain towns, where he could not only catch an up-and-coming artist, but also pursue his outdoor passions, including fly fishing, camping, hiking, skiing and dogsledding. Throughout his life, he embarked upon many outdoor adventures with his family and friends, including backpacking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, summiting Mt. Rainier, and his favorite trip, whitewater rafting and fly fishing the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Bruce was an accomplished musher, and both raced and led sled dog tours over the years. Bruce will be remembered for his never-failing sense of humor and kind and gentle demeanor that endeared him to so many.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Carol, who was born and raised in Cashmere, WA. He is also survived by his son, Travis and daughter-in-law, Kristin of Wenatchee, WA; and by his daughter, Casey, son-in-law, James and grandson, Grayson of Frederick, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Hospice Foundation of North Central Washington. A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at Cashmere Riverside Center.