Bruce C. Krist

December 18, 1961 ‒ January 30, 2020

Marion, Ohio

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

  • Tammy and family,
    My heart breaks for you! There are no words that I can even think of that would be of comfort to you right now. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Rest In Peace Bruce! 😢💔

  • I am so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. Worked with him at Sycon. Was a great friend. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Patty Riley

  • Bruce, the man, my bass guitar inspiration. I had the great fortune of watching him play in a band called Inbound with my uncle David Shiveley Mark (singer) and Gill (guitar) countless times. I studied his bass lines and the way he charmed the crowd. Without him, the band wouldn’t have been anywhere near the same. Just like you can’t replace John Paul Jones in Led Zepplin, Bruce was the bass backbone of Inbound and beyond. He had a smile that never faded completely away and I never heard a bad word about him. A lot of us in the family looked up to him for his gentlemanly nature, his powerhouse bass licks, and his love for the art. I’ll never forget all that I gleaned from this iconic figure in my life. Rock On Bruce!!! How’d that lick go again?! Yeah. Rock and roll brother…

  • Tammy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bruce was a good, sweet man. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Our Lord has called home one of the good ones, and although it saddens me to learn of this event, I know that Bruce is now in a much better place. Prayers for peace and comfort for Bruce’s family

  • Oh, Tammy… i am so sad to read this. May God bless you and your family during this very sad time.

  • My sincerest condolences for All the family. He will be missed. I remember him water skiing and knee boarding with my cousin Ernie and Jimmy. RIH Bruce.

  • R. I. P. Bruce, my lifelong friend & neighbor, you will be forever remembered. I will miss your bike ride visits, and your great smile so much!
    My prayers for God’s love and comfort in the family’s time of need. I love you, Tammy xo Much love & sympathy.

  • R.I.P. My dear friend , It wa an honor to have played in a few bands with you,you will be missed

  • Worked with Bruce at Eaton Corp back in the day, was our I.T. Guy and so talented at his craft. Bruce was not only good at his job but always carried an up-beat Personna about himself. Simply a great guy! Helpful, fun and caring. Look forward to seeing Bruce again one day.

  • Tammy Im sorry about Bruce sending my condolences. I worked with him at sypris.He was always so nice to everyone.

  • No words can express!!! Those of us who knew Bruce~ No expressions are necessary, Those who didn’t know the Man, None will do. Much LOVE & PRAYERS to all Family & Friends~ Mike Micheli & Family

  • Tammy and family — I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you strength and comfort in the difficult days that are ahead. Prayers.

  • I grew up with Bruce as a boy in Lusch addition. He lived on Inwood where it was a very busy street of kids! The families of Flesch, Hall, Combs, Scott, the Twins, Arter, Lyons and a few more that escape me at the moment. And that’s just one street. Bruce and I played Bball together for Pleasant, and in my driveway, a lot! What a great guy! We missed the Team bus one time and I got a car and drove us to the game. We were punished by not being allowed to start. We both played though. What a calm collected soul he was. Always cheerful. I hadn’t seen Bruce for years, (decades), when I saw he had passed. M&M told me the details I didn’t know. It saddened me greatly, (pissed me off). Not fair to take him so early, a guy of his quality with such a loving, giving soul. I am so sorry….

  • You will be missed my friend. Thank you for pulling the MCYC gang together again and sharing old memories.

  • I grew up living across the street from the Krist family on Inwood Drive. Oh what a great neighborhood that was, we all fought and played together, but most of all we all were friends!! Although Bruce was younger than me and I hung out with his brother, still great memories!
    RIP my friend!

  • I am so sorry for your loss Tammy, family and friends. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. I just recently heard about Bruce’s illness and have kept him in my prayers. I went to CCD with him and he always stood out because he was always the tallest in our class.
    God bless!

  • Tammy and family I am so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man as Bruce Krist. He was the one who came smiling through the door at Sycon every work day.I know I pushed him to the limits getting orders and labels printed so he could leave work on time. But he was always kind and professional.
    I asked him when I left Sycon to invite me to the wedding when he finally found the right girl…almost 10 years later I attended your wedding with Joyce from Sycon. We were so happy for him, and you.
    If there are bands in Heaven Bruce is already finding his place in one.
    May God grant solace to you and the family, and assure you that Bruce is with Him.

  • Thank you Tammy for giving our family Bruce … he was not only the best husband , father and Granpa anyone could have but also the best Freind and brother in law any one could have asked for … I will see you on the other side my Freind … love you bunches

  • I’m sad to hear Bruce has passed. I worked with him at Eaton and remember how sweet and kind he was . When I worked with him his job was to bring people who had pushed pencils for years into the world of computers. He had the patience of Job and never made you feel stupid. Bruce had such a good soul and anyone who crossed paths with him was so lucky. Rest in peace.

  • So very sorry for your loss. In the short time that I worked with Bruce, he was always an inspiring person who truly loved life. When he would leave work, he would always say “see you later, kid”. Your family is in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  • Tammy I am so sorry you and Bruce will always be a big part of my life. There was never a dull moment when heater one or both of you were around. You both have the most big beautiful smiles ever. So if I can help you in any way please don’t hesitate to call. 740-262-3431 love you with all my heart. Prayers for you and the family

  • He was one of a kind. Summers as kids at Lake Erie are times that we cherish forever. May the band play on above – God Bless Bruce.

  • Really sad to hear about Bruce’s passing. I have some very good memories of playing hoops with him at Pleasant. I wish I had seen him play his bass live . The tributes to him here are heartwarming.. . .. (I didn’t know he was battling ALS – an extraordinarily cruel disease that took my mother, too. )