Bruce C. Krist
December 18, 1961 ‒ January 30, 2020
Bruce C. Krist, age 58, of Marion, died Thursday, January 30, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family following a six plus year battle with ALS.
On December 18, 1961, Bruce was born in Marion, Ohio, the fourth of five sons of the late Milton and Ruth (Herbert) Krist. He was raised in St. Mary Catholic Church, and graduated from Pleasant High School in the class of 1980. He furthered his education at Marion Technical College, earning a degree in data processing in 1984, and he continued completing many more networking certifications over the years.
Throughout his career, Bruce worked as a network administrator for thirty two years for Sycon, the Eaton Corporation, and Guardian, until he was no longer able due to his health in 2016. He also served on the board of Marion Technical College’s IT department.
After a blind date didn’t go originally as planned, Bruce met someone else who caught his eye, Tammy Edington. She then became one of his band’s biggest fans, never missing a show when he was the base guitarist for the group, Inbound. From there the rest was history. They were married on June 13, 1998, and have been by each other’s side every day since.
A talented musician, Bruce could play many instruments and enjoyed playing in several bands over the years. He also enjoyed dabbling as an amateur ham radio operator with the call sign of KB8TTF.
As soon as the clock struck 5 PM on a Friday, Bruce always had a fun adventure planned for his family for the weekend. They loved going fishing, wherever they could find a river or stream. They enjoyed numerous “bigger” fishing excursions throughout Canada and most often went to “their home away from home” at Lake Erie. He also loved camping by the lake, and was an avid knee boarder.
Bruce could be described simply “as cool, calm and collected.” He also had a great sense of humor and could find a way to laugh even on his toughest days with ALS. He loved watching The Family Guy and Monty Python classics for a good laugh.
Most important of all to Bruce was his family. He was the best husband, Dad, and Grandpa they could have ever asked for. He found a way to make every day together feel special. He especially loved his grandchildren, “who were his world.” He was “Grandpa” to more than just his own grandchildren, bringing joy and adventure to countless kids his path crossed along the way.
Bruce will be dearly missed by his beloved wife, Tammy Krist of Marion; two children: Shaun (Billie Jo Bayles) Edington of Caledonia, and Cassaundra “Kaycie” (Brent) Southard of Oklahoma City, OK; five grandchildren: Liam Edington and Madison Bayles, and Elijah, Penolpe, and Pierce Southard; four brothers: Lawrence “Larry” (Bonnie) Krist of Galloway, Thomas (Betty) Krist of Marion, Mark (Cathy) Krist of Marion, and James (Lisa) Krist of Sunbury; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are welcome and invited to celebrate Bruce’s life from 4 – 6 pm on Monday, February 3, 2020, at the Knights of Columbus, 1232 E Center St, Marion. Burial will be observed privately by his family in Pleasant Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, 565 Oak St, Marion, OH 43302, or to Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 2387 Harding Highway East, Marion, OH 43302 .
On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the caring nurses with OhioHealth Hospice and to Gloria Edington for her around the clock care of Bruce and family for the final week of his life.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Bruce’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.