Jan. 13, 2021 — Bruce Aden Yelle was born May 9, 1953 in Woodland, Calif., and died Dec. 24, 2020, at his home in Florence, Ore., at the age of 67, while under hospice care for pancreatic cancer.
Bruce’s family moved to Dixon, Calif., outside Sacramento, when he was one year old.
He attended Dixon schools until his senior year, when he was recruited to play quarterback for Sparks High School in Nevada. After graduating in 1971, Bruce attended college for one year at Fresno State University.
As a young adult, Bruce worked at a variety of jobs around the Sacramento region. In 1984, Bruce established Ambassador Limousine, the first limousine service in the Davis-Dixon area.
Bruce had fond memories of chauffeuring a number of visiting celebrities including Bob Hope, B.B. King, Huey Lewis and Brian Wilson.
After selling his business, Bruce was hired as an Engineering Technician for Kleinfelder where he worked for 23 years; he was known for his hard work, can-do attitude and ability to work effectively with laborers, contractors, engineers and clients alike.
In 2013, Bruce retired to Florence, where he enjoyed hiking, kayaking, boating and taking driving tours of the surrounding areas. He was an active member of the Florence Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Toastmasters, as a volunteer at KXCR radio, Florence Free Lunch and Health Care for All Oregon.
In 2018, Bruce founded the nonprofit organization End Choices to educate and advocate for the expansion of Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.
His efforts were followed through his website and Facebook pages by individuals living in the U.S. and internationally.
With Bruce, “There were no strangers, only friends that he hadn’t met yet.” He loved, cherished and valued each friend he made along life’s journey.
He will be remembered for his positivity, compassion and loving spirit.
Bruce was predeceased by his mother, Betty Volz, and is survived by spouse Kathleen Yelle; his father Archie Yelle; sister Paula Yelle; stepson Walter Lang; and nieces Stacey and Brieanna Shields.
Bruce’s wish was to be cremated and his ashes scattered at a private family ceremony on the Siuslaw River.
Individuals who would like to share a memory, poem or well wishes may send them via email to [email protected] to be offered up as a blessing with the scattering of his ashes.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to your local hospice program or to Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO) www.hcao.org/donate-c3.