Bruce Wayne Bieber, 70 | Obituary
Bruce Wayne Bieber, 70, died at his home in Black Hawk, Colorado on October 20, 2021. A native of Lead, SD, he was born May 2, 1951 to Marianne and Gerhard Bieber. Bruce graduated from Lead-Deadwood High School in 1969. He married Lucy Marquez, the love of his life, on March 24, 1990.
As a child, Bruce would get up early in the morning and didn’t seem to need much sleep. His mother called him “busy brain”. He took things apart to figure out how they worked, then put them back together. Apparently he blew a lot of fuses during this time; perhaps a clue indicating the direction his life would take.
During his teenage years, Bruce developed an interest in music and learned to play the guitar on his own. As an adult, Bruce and a group of musicians recorded a CD. With a dependent family, Bruce enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served for six years, taking advantage of educational opportunities. He trained in electronics and started his career in the aviation industry. He progressed in his career, learning on the job, taking additional classes and taking advantage of opportunities that presented themselves. He attended the Naval Technical Training Center, Riverside City College, and Arapahoe Community College.
Bruce’s contributions as a test engineer in the aerospace industry – at companies like Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, and Hughes Aircraft – led him to be inducted into the Lead-Deadwood Hall of Fame in 2012. He has won numerous awards for his work on the Kepler Space Telescope, which after nine years in deep space has revealed billions of planets, more than even stars.
Other projects Bruce has worked on include:
• The NASA Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle program
• Replacement of the Hubble Telescope: James Webb Space Telescope
• Mars Surveyor Program
• Civilian space systems, support for new businesses
• GSE deep impact instrument
• Titan IV programmable aerospace bundle
• Multi-service launch system program
• Dismantling, relocation, reassembly and rechecking of the General Dynamics telemetry data processing station in Martin Marietta
• NAVY Torpedo tactical and autopilot data processors
• Central flight and remote telemetry multiplexing units
• Peacekeeping programs and small ICBMs
• Small security system for the instrumentation field of intercontinental ballistic missiles
While Bruce’s job kept him busy, he found time to have fun rebuilding and racing his 1968 Dodge Charger. He competed in the RPM Club at Bandimere Speedway and made many friends among enthusiasts. Dodge. He won a few Bandimere events, but was mostly proud to have won two road driving events in Topeka, Kan.
Bruce’s legacy can ultimately be seen in his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, whom he adored, supported, mentored, spent a lot of time with, tortured with his sense of humor. crazy and learned that if you’re going to do something, do it right.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy Bieber; three siblings, Myron (Mary Kay) and Gordon (Cherry) Bieber and Sandra Louie; three daughters, Dana Bieber-Conner (Wade Conner), Michelle (Stephen) Tregear and Rachel (Paul) Johnson; two step-sons, Jon Simon (Malena) and Joseph Marquez; 11 grandchildren, Alexandra Graves, Sara (Paul) French, Leah (Kahal) Johnke, Alexis Marquez Hackett, Cole Hackett, Bruce Biebersmith, Andrew Tregear, Peter Tregear, Rachelle Biebersmith, Bella Marquez and Toby Marquez; and two very special great-grandchildren, Zane Harbison and Jade Hackett.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 at Mt. Olivet / Archdiocese of Denver Cemetery, 12801 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge, Colorado. To watch Bruce’s service from an online live stream, click this link during the performance: https://vimeo.com/640009142/895a288620. A video of his life can also be viewed at https://vimeo.com/640110824.
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