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August 3, 1944 - September 10, 2021

A Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo at a later date.  Bruce will be laid to rest at Ft. Custer National Cemetery where full military honors will be rendered. Contributions in memory of Bruce may be made to Kzoo Cat Café and Rescue, Ministry with Community of Kalamazoo, or Alzheimer’s Association.

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Age 77, passed away early Friday morning, September 10, 2021. Bruce was born in Muskegon, on August 3, 1944, the son of Robert Charles and Elizabeth (Roberts) Binns. On April 7, 1967, he married Margaret “Maggie” Krusinsky who survives him. Bruce received his Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from Western Michigan University and worked for many years as a Chemist and Industrial Hygienist at the Upjohn Company, Pharmacia and Pfizer.  After retiring, he spent 7 years as a quality control consultant. Bruce proudly served his country in the United States Army, which included a one-year tour of duty in Viet Nam. Bruce was a World War I history buff and had visited World War I battlegrounds all over the world. He and Maggie enjoyed traveling together, and had been to Scotland, England, France and Ireland.  He also had visited China, Japan and India. Bruce was an avid runner and had run five marathons. He also enjoyed fishing and had played the bagpipes for over 40 years. He had served on the Otsego School Board for 8 years and on the Allegan Intermediate School Board for 16 years. Bruce was a member of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo and the Decatur VFW Post 6248, where he served on various committees. In his spare-time he volunteered for 8 years with Buddy to Buddy which is a mentorship program designed to assist veterans.  Besides his wife, Bruce is survived by his children, Melissa Binns of Kalamazoo and Heather (Bill Purcell) Binns of Olympia, WA; sister, Paula Clark of Muskegon; brother Brian (Norma) Binns of Whitehall; and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.