Bruce L. Drotleff, 64

Bruce L. Drotleff Sr., 64, of Slippery Rock Twp. passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home from an apparent heart attack.

Born February 28, 1956 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late William and Anna Mae (Householder) Drotleff. He was married to Karen Tanner Drotleff for 18 years as they were married September 15, 2001. She survives.

Bruce worked for PA Department of Transportation out of Lawrence County. He was also a self employed farmer. He loved farming, especially making straw, hay and grain and raising chickens. He enjoyed gardening. Bruce also enjoyed neighborhood pool parties and helping family and friends. His favorite times were spent with his children, grandchildren and his dogs, Ruby and Zuri.

In addition to his wife, Karen, survivors include two daughters, Tamara (Mike) Drotleff of New Waterford, Ohio, Emily Drotleff at home; one son, Bruce L. (Hannah) Drotleff Jr. of New Castle; three grandchildren, Mackenzie Drotleff and Landon and Grace Shaw; three sisters, Renee (Carl) Shirey of New Castle, Lynn Doone of Fairfax, Virginia, Robin (Rick) Arrow of League City, Texas;and a brother, Barry Drotleff of Dunsville, Virginia

Bruce deserves a beautiful tribute. However, we appreciate in this unknown time with the COVID-19 pandemic that attending a visitation may not be in your best health interest. A private service will be held. A Celebration of Bruce’s life will be announced at a later date. Please be with us in prayer.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to Family Worship Center, P. O. Box 5192 New Castle, PA 16105 or the Grove City Area Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 292 Grove City, PA 16127.

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6 thoughts on “Bruce L. Drotleff, 64

  1. My thoughts and prayers to all of you at this difficult time.
    May God’s loving arms surround you, comfort you and give you strength in the days ahead. God’s Blessings.

  2. Sorry to family on loosing Bruce. I saw him after high school when I bought shop on 65. He was on strong guy lifted a drum of oil and put in back of his truck. Really gone before his time. Sad.

  3. For this one farmer he worries are over,lie down and rest your head,Your time has been and struggles enough, put the tractor in the shed. Years were not easy, many downright hard, but your faith in God transcended.Your labor is done,your home is in heaven,no more must you wait,Your legacy lives on in your love of the land, and we will close the gate . Sorry for your great loss

  4. I went to high school with Bruce, and he was such a nice and kind guy! I’m sure his family will miss him terribly and my prayers are certainly with them. Fly high, friend, and rest in peace.

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