Bruce Abernathy, 60, of Granite Falls, died Friday, June 16, 2017 after a fight with cancer, Bruce passed away, in his home, surrounded by his family. Memorial services will be held on Friday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at Rock Haven Church in Granite Falls. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Bruce James Abernathy was born August 6, 1956 to Huey and Martha (Nordang) Abernathy in Granite Falls. He attended high school in Granite Falls. As an adult, Bruce was baptized in the Christian faith.
Bruce worked for Gary at Jacobson’s Tree Service for many years. He then worked for the cities of Willmar REA and Granite Falls removing tree branches from power lines. He started his own painting company where he and Debbie painted barns and houses. He also owned Regency Limousine. Bruce was finally able to accomplish his dream of building his own sound and lighting company, Aber-nathy Sound and Lighting. He ran the sound and lighting for many bands including Queen Colleen and the Frey Daddies. When he wasn’t busy running sound and lighting, he worked in his shop fixing motorcycles, snowmobiles, lawn mowers and anything anyone brought to him. Bruce was united in marriage to the love of his life, Debbie Johnson on Sept-ember 10, 2016, at the Mag-nuson farm in Granite Falls.
Bruce enjoyed riding his Harley, camping in his RV, cutting wood, listening to all types of music, doing research, and spending time with his family and friends. Bruce’s favorite place to be was at home, on the Minne-sota River, with his wife. Bruce was a Christian, a music lover, a jack-of-all trades, loyal, supportive, encouraging, and a seeker of knowledge. Bruce is survived by wife Debbie; stepchildren: Kris (Carter) Ricks, Jamie Ellingboe (Sonja Zimmer-man), Shana Ellingboe (Chris Anderson), Jeremie Ellingboe (Jennifer Galow); three very special grandchildren: Rene Basaldua-Anderson, Melena Lee Anderson, and Curtis Ricks; three brothers: Richard (Linda) Abernathy, Howard (Karen) Abernathy, Roger (Sarah) Abernathy; six nieces and nephews: Jennifer (John) Lockner, Jason (Velma) Abernathy, Angella Abernathy (Travis Robertson), Teresa Aber-nathy (Tino Salinas), Patrick Abernathy, and Matt (Fujimmi) Abernathy and several great nieces and nephews. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Hugh Abernathy, his mother Martha (Abernathy) Severson and his beloved cat, Telvis. Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Granite Falls.