Bruce Langlie, 1942-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Bruce Phillip Langlie died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Charleston, South Carolina. He was 76.

Bruce Langlie

The third of four children, Bruce was born March 18, 1942, in Waseca County Hospital to Lloyd and Ila (Olsen) Langlie. He initially attended country school and later graduated from New Richland Hartland High School in 1960. During high school he worked for Peterson Grocery, Rosenbach Mobile and Wenzel Standard Station, and enjoyed playing football.

On Sept. 8, 1962, Bruce was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Tukua, his high school sweetheart, at Hartland Lutheran Church. For 35 years they worked together farming, until Ruth Ann’s death in 2009. For eight of those years they also managed a small farrow-to-finish hog operation. Bruce spent a total of 55 years working farm drainage projects and demolishing old farm sites. For 30 of those years he also owned and operated Langlie Drainage. For nine years, up until 2017, he worked for Brandon Flatness, continuing to work on drainage projects.

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Bruce loved antique tractors and especially enjoyed joining others on tractor rides and tractor pulls. He enjoyed gardening and giving away the produce to friends. Riding snowmobiles and hunting were also two fun activities he shared with family and friends.

In November 2017 Bruce embarked on a new adventure. He auctioned off the farm and drainage equipment, sold the farm and moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to join his daughter, Terri, and son-in-law, Rich. Since moving to Charleston he enjoyed experiencing a multitude of phenomenal restaurants, enjoying freshly caught seafood and purchasing shrimp right off the shrimp boats.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Terri Langlie-Sheldon, and her husband, Richard, of South Carolina; brother, Steve Langlie, and his wife, Gretchen, of Forest Lake; brother, David Langlie, and his wife, Virginia, of New Richland; brother-in-law, Lowell Tukua, and his wife, Deborah, of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Kathy Huntington, of Shakopee; and many nieces and nephews.

Bruce was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Ann; parents Lloyd and Ila; in-laws Ellsworth and Janet Tukua; sister, Jane Bartness, and her husband, Eugene Bartness; and sister-in-law, Helen Tukua.

Bruce was loving, honest and hardworking, and loved to laugh and chat with friends. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be missed by all.