Bruce Hall Mater, 91, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Bruce was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in New Albany and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. Bruce was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved his family and church. He enjoyed fishing and camping with his family. Bruce worked as a furniture buyer and salesman. He enjoyed many years traveling with Sharon visiting customers, many of whom were like family. He also served as a Scout Leader for many years. He always enjoyed volunteering at the Token Club, in Jeffersonville. Bruce met Bill W. in 1981 and they remained friends until the day he went home. Bruce never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone he met.
He was born on Christmas Day, 1929 in Joliet, Illinois to the late Joseph and Doris (Reece) Mater. Along with his parents, Bruce is preceded in death by his siblings, Bonnie Geary and Howard Mater and his great-granddaughter Gwynn Brewer.
Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Sharon (Owens) Mater; children, Bruce Alan (Betty) Mater, Lea Lynn (William) Orberson, Susan Mater (Stephen) Reed, and Amy Mater Rutledge; grandchildren, Benjamin (Lindsey) Mater, Katherine (Scott) Brewer, Madeline (Chris) Morris, Allison Orberson, Samuel (Rachael) Rutledge, Nicholas (Abby) Reed, and Kelsi Reed; great-grandchildren, David, Noel, and Danielle Rutledge, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael Brewer, and Henley Mater; Sister, Babs (Charles) Ailes; and all the wonderful nieces and nephews of Holland, Michigan and Pikeville, Kentucky.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the visitation will be a “drive-through” on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church in New Albany. A private service will follow, and Bruce will be laid to rest with military honors at Abundant Life Memorial Gardens in New Albany.
The family requests that any expressions of sympathy in Bruce’s memory be made to Grace Lutheran Church or to Southern Care Hospice.
The family requests that any expressions of sympathy in Bruce’s memory be made to Grace Lutheran Church or to Southern Care Hospice, 3602 Northgate Court, Suite 27, New Albany, In 47150.
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