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Bruce W. Hitt
March 24, 1954 ~ August 4, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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On August 4, 2023, Bruce William Hitt passed away unexpectedly at home. He was born on March 24, 1954, in Bloomington, Illinois, the youngest child and only son of D. Bruce and Hazel Hitt.
On May 29, 1976, he and Susan Jones were married in Decatur, Illinois. The couple had three children:
Kristine (Jeft) Williams of Canon City, Carrie (Brandt) Dillon of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Joshua Hitt (Allyson Sosebee) of Colorado Springs. Bruce is survived by sisters Barbara Marsh of Illinois and Frances Collignon of Ft. Worth, Texas, sister-in-law Kathi Gantt and brothers-in-law Brad Gantt and Timothy Jones, three nieces, and three nephews. Grandchildren include Logan Williams, Emma Hitt, Shylah Dillon, and Riley Williams along with step-grandson Tristan Roberts, Rylen Sullivan, and Madison Sullivan. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, father-in-law Floyd Jones, and mother-in-law Darlene Jones.
Bruce grew up in Sauk Village, Illinois. He enjoyed playing baseball and participating in scouting, achieving the rank of Star Scout. He developed a love of watching sports, following the Cubs, Bulls, Bears, and Blackhawks. Through high school he worked in his father's restaurant.
Graduating in 1972 from Bloom Township High School, he then attended Eastern Illinois University, studying business.
After his marriage, he moved to Decatur to start his career. During the next few years he earned
his Associate of Science degree from Richland Community College and began work as an accountant.
In 1981, he was given the opportunity to move to Colorado with Hi-Flier Kite Manufacturing, which merged with Estes Industries in Penrose. While working in Colorado, he earned his bachelor's degree remotely through Western Illinois University. Bruce worked professionally through the years with companies in both Colorado Springs and Fremont County. At the time of his death, he was working as an accountant at Johnny's Plumbing and Heating, a business he had worked for since the early 2000's.
Bruce loved living in Colorado. He followed the Rockies, Nuggets, Broncos, Avalanche and for many years held season tickets for Colorado College hockey. When the children were still home, the family took camping trips and made a yearly trip to see grandparents and other family members in Illinois. After the children were grown, he and Sue enjoyed trips to other countries, took several cruises, and traveled to many states. He liked to ride his bicycle and also had a little motor scooter he enjoyed riding around town.
Bruce was a member and chaplain for Canon City Elks Lodge 601. Having attended several churches, he and Sue found a home with Catalyst Church. Bruce also was a strong supporter of the Canon City Crisis Pregnancy Center, Loaves and Fishes, and Compassion International. He had a great smile and a hearty laugh. Bruce will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by those who Knew him. Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on Sunday, September 17, at the Pathfinder Park Event Center auditorium in Florence at 3:00 P.M. He will be eulogized and any others who wish to share a memory or story about Bruce will have opportunity to do so. If desired, donations can be made to a charity of your choice in his honor.