In Memory of



Obituary for Bruce Smith

Bruce Russell Smith, 74, of Altoona, passed away October 12, 2022, at UPMC Altoona after a long battle with cancer.

He was born October 10, 1948, a son of the late Charles and Louise (Glenn) Smith. On April 19, 2005 he married Deborah (Hecke) Smith.

He was a 1966 graduate from the Hollidaysburg Area High School. At the age of 17, he started working as a meat cutter. He enjoyed his job so much that he made it a lifelong career. He retired from Weis Market in 2021, due to his declining health.

Bruce was a man who loved the outdoors. He spent a lot of the winter months hunting out at “Bakers Camp”. He looked forward to a good game of pinochle after a long day of hunting. In his younger years, he enjoyed riding motorcycles. Some of his hobbies include reading, cooking and cheering for his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Along with his wife Debbie, he is survived by three children; Donald, Amy Smith-Woomer and Barbara; His father and mother in-law, Donald and Joyce Hecke, two sisters, Claudine Swan (Rod) and Melissa Hetrick (Jim); three grandchildren; four nieces and nephews, Adam Swan, Daniel, Matthew and Sarah Hetrick; his cousin and lifelong best friend, Steve Neal; he is also survived by numerous cousins.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Altoona Alliance Church; 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.

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