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July 18, 1951 – July 28, 2018
Surrounded by his family, Bruce went to be with his Lord on July 28th, 2018, after a courageous battle with glioblastoma. Born July 18, 1951 in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in Beaumont, Texas, he attended The University of Houston, playing on the golf team before joining The PGA Tour in 1975. He won thirteen tournaments, seven on The PGA Champions Tour, including one major, The Senior Open in 2003. Bruce was known for his consistent fade and the fact that he never practiced.
Easygoing, thoughtful, introspective, articulate and witty, Bruce was a gentleman's gentleman and was loved by all. He enjoyed working on his car collection and fishing in the lakes on his ranch. Faith, family and friends played an important part throughout his life. He cut the number of tournaments played when his children arrived, choosing fatherhood over golf. In the past six years he has thoroughly enjoyed his role as “Papa Leaky.” Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Norman D. and Elizabeth Jane (Alley) Lietzke, and brother, Brian Robert Lietzke. He is survived by the love of his life, Rosemarie Nelson Lietzke; son, Stephen Lietzke; daughter, Christine Ablondi and husband, Aaron; two grandchildren: Luke Aaron and Elizabeth Rose Ablondi; brother, Duane Lietzke and wife, Christine; sister-in-law, Kathy Lietzke; two sisters: Marilyn O'Grady and Martha Thompson. His in-laws include: Diane & Charlie Gould, Soozi & Jerry Pate, Greg Nelson, Leo & Melissa Nelson, along with many nieces and nephews.
Service and reception will be 11:00 a.m., August 6, 2018, at The First Baptist Church of Athens, 105 Carroll Street, Athens, Texas 75751. Arrangements by Autry's Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home in Athens, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Glioblastoma Foundation, POB 62066, NC 27715 or email:

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