Bruce La Count, age 63, of Menasha, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 10, 2020, at Cherry Meadows after a long courageous battle with cancer. Bruce was born on April 6, 1957 to the late Robert and Joyce Ruth (Blahnik) La Count. Following high school graduation, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1981, he was united in marriage to Sandra Hardy. Bruce worked at Neenah Foundry for 22 years retiring in 2019.
He was a very selfless man and his needs always came last.
Bruce will be missed by his loving wife of 39 years, Sandra La Count, Menasha; daughter Alicia La Count, Menasha; son Jonathan La Count, Menasha, two granddaughters: Raelynn and Chloe; 4 siblings: Vicky (David) Ivey, Randy (Dolly) La Count, Pennysue (Jack) Hardy, and Jill (Jim) Valentine; 2 step brothers: Curt (Robin) La Count and Craig (Wendy) La Count; 3 step sisters, Carol (Pat) Matheny, Carin La Count, and Christina (Bill) Looney; 4 brothers-in-law: David, Randy, Mike, and Jack Hardy; 3 sisters-in-law: Diane Gregory, Cheryl Hardy, and Lori Hardy; many nieces and nephews; 5 God children; and dear friend, Jason Duchow.
He was preceded in death by his mother Joyce Blahnik-La Count, father, Robert La Count, brother, Jon La Count, mother-in-law, Marjorie Hardy, father-in-law, Norbert Hardy, grandma and grandpa Frank Frye and brother-in-law, Jeff Hardy.
A memorial service will take place at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 19, at the Brettschneider Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel. Friends may visit at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 12 noon until the time of service. A livestream of the service can be seen at 1 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/52686342 Interment with full military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Appleton. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Oncologist Dr. Yao and to Pennysue for the compassionate care they showed to Bruce during his illness.
This morning, the man I looked up to for the past 35 years passed away after a long fight with cancer. My dad worked hard for everything he had and always made sure we had a roof over our head and food on the table. He served six years in the United States Marine Corps. He worked a few different jobs, of which the only ones I remembered were a Ford heavy truck parts salesman, until he got tired of doing that and ended up working at Neenah Foundry for 22 years, until his cancer forced him to retire. I could go on for hours about this great man, but it’s really hard for me to do it without breaking down. When it gets to be your turn to see St. Peter, you can tell him you did your time and then some. I love you dad, rest easy now, I have things from here. Love, Jonathan.
So hurt and sad, he went too soon. He was and is the best dad I ever had. He was sweet, caring, hard working, and would do anything for his family. I love you daddy and I’ll always be daddy’s girl. Cancer may have won, but his memories I will always cherish. Love, Alicia.
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