Bruce L. Dustin, 89, passed away on December 2, 2018

Bruce L. Dustin, 89, of Eau Claire, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at his residence.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 4 PM on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph.  Memorial contributions may be made to Southwest Michigan Veterans Support Group – Eau Claire. Those wishing to leave online condolences may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Bruce was born on October 14, 1929 in Benton Harbor, to LeRoy & Alene (Kinyon) Dustin. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School and then enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served our country from 1951-1953. After being honorably discharged from the army, Bruce and his father LeRoy got to work looking for property to call their own. In 1956 they bought 40 acres in Eau Claire, Mi and in 1958 Bruce and his father opened their own small 6-hole course, Pipestone Creek Golf Course. On March 21, 1959, Bruce married Yvonne “Bonny” Gregg in Benton Harbor. They were married for nearly 58 years before her passing in 2017. With the help of his wife and family, Bruce grew Pipestone Creek Golf Course from 6, to 9, to the 18-hole public course that it is today. Golf was such a passion for Bruce that while operating his own course, he also spent 8 years as superintendent of The Oaks Golf Course (Wyndwicke Country Club) in St. Joseph, followed by another 20 years in the same position at Plym Park Golf Course in Niles. When he wasn’t working or golfing, he enjoyed spending time with his friends from high school, watching sports, and playing cards at the Elks Club. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge #541 and a 50-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Bruce is survived by his children, Lori (fiancé, Rick Nelson) of Eau Claire, David (Melissa) Dustin of Eau Claire and Darcy (Mark) Kostrzewa of Walled Lake; grandchildren, Dustin & Adam Lester, Taylor & Bailey Dustin and Avery & Meredith Green, Evan Kostrzewa.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy & Alene; wife, Bonny; and sister, Rosemary Raynes.




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