Bruce L. Tomlinson, age 71, passed away early Monday morning, August 19, 2013, at the Minneola District Hospital, Minneola, Kansas, after a brief illness.
He was born August 23, 1941, at Chanute, Kansas, the son of Johnie O. and May (Churchill) Tomlinson. As a young boy he attended the Moran, Kansas, school system, graduating from Moran Rural High School in 1959. After his graduation, he attended Kansas State University receiving his degree in Animal Husbandry in 1963.
In 1965, he moved to Meade, Kansas, where he worked as Assistant Manager for the Meade County Feedyard. In 1986, he moved to rural Minneola and became the Owner and Manager for Clark County Feedyard.
He was a lifetime member of the Kansas Quarter Horse Association, former member of the Lions Club, and a member of the Meade and Clark County 4-H, receiving the Outstanding Clark County 4-H Supporter Award, was a non-pro in the National Snaffle Bit Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a member of the national judging team while in college. He enjoyed showing horses in western pleasure, roping with his family, bowling, and spending time with his family and friends.
On September 24, 1966, he married Linda Kane at Hershey, Pennsylvania. She survives.
Other survivors include:
A daughter, Tina Esfeld and husband T.R. of Great Bend, Kansas
Two sisters, Deana Gardner and husband Al of Moran, Kansas
Janice Brown and husband Bob of Olathe, Kansas
Two grandsons, Takota and Ty Esfeld of Great Bend, Kansas
And several nephews and nieces
He is preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and a brother, Harold Leon Tomlinson.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013, at the St. John Lutheran Church, Meade, Kansas. Friend may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade. Interment will follow in the Appleton Township Cemetery, rural Minneola.
The family would welcome memorials to the Minneola District Hospital or St. John Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.