Pastor Bruce Garrett Norris, Age :61
Sep 10,1958---Sep 03,2020

Pastor Bruce Norris was born in Riverside, CA on September 10, 1958. He was the second of four children born to Carl and Bonnie Norris. Growing up in an Air Force family, he had the opportunity to live in many countries and US cities, including Greece, Taiwan, San Antonio, TX and Omaha, NE. Bruce chose to follow in his family's footsteps and joined the United States Air Force.

After graduating with a degree in computer science, he began his Information Technology (IT) career. He has worked for PVPL in Omaha, NE; Tnemec in Kansas City, MO; Veterans United in Lenexa, KS; and Med4Home (Lincare) in Kansas City, MO.

Bruce had a love for music from an early age - singing and playing various instruments, such as the keyboard and guitar. He was always learning new songs and was willing to teach others how to play music.

Bruce also loved baseball. Having played it in his earlier years, he had a special fondness for college baseball.

More importantly, Bruce loved the Lord! Upon accepting the call to ministry, he received his ministerial license from Salem Baptist Church in Omaha, NE, where he served as a minister. While at Salem, he taught many classes, including spiritual gifts and evangelism. He later became ordained as a pastor. It was during this time, he met his wife, Yvette.

He later moved to the Kansas City area. It was in Kansas City that his desire to go deeper into God's word grew. He enrolled in Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies.

Bruce had a love for writing. Serving as a writer for Revive! Omaha magazine, he wrote many articles that encouraged and lead others to live the life God has for them, and know they are loved and highly favored by God.

Bruce and Yvette married in 2013. Upon the Lord's direction, they began attending Lenexa Baptist Church - becoming members in 2017. While at Lenexa Baptist Church, Bruce became involved in the Gracious Promises prison ministry where he had the opportunity to share God's love, mercy and grace.

Bruce was a very generous person. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and share what he had. He never wanted any recognition or accolades for "doing God's work". He always gave God the glory!

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl F. Norris.

He leaves to carrying on his legacy and tell his story: his wife Yvette; his mother Bonnie; his brothers, Carl and Bryan (Sherry); his sister Beverly; his children, Bruce Jr, Melyssa and Lillian; his nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at the Lenexa Baptist Church 15320 West 87th St. Lenexa, KS. 66219

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30, Tuesday, prior to the service at the church

Burial will be at the National Cemetery, Leavenworth,  KS

 



Condolences

James Mayhew Sep 10 ,2020

Coworker (work at Lincare HQ in Clearwater) ,Clearwater ,Florida

I would like to offer you my sincerest condolences. Bruce was a good guy and was always a very gracious host when I was in KC working with him on something. He will be missed by all of us here at Lincare.

Jerry Holmes Sep 10 ,2020

Co-Worker ,Tampa ,Florida

To my brother in Christ. The Lord has called you home but I want the Norris family to know that he will be missed immensely. Bruce may you rest in peace my brother

Jeffery D Skinner Sep 10 ,2020

Friend ,Omaha ,Nebraska

Bonnie, Carl, Brian and Beverly, and Family: So sorry to hear that Bruce had passed. It was so sudden and sad. We were friends on FB and I will miss his posts and insights that he put up there. Steph and I are praying for all of you and send our thoughts and love. Jeff & Steph Skinner

Gwen Moore (Curry) Downing Sep 11 ,2020

Friend ,Zanesville/Ft. Lauderdale

Dear Bonnie, Sincere sympathy in the passing of Bruce. To be predeceased by one's own child is difficult to bear. I know that you abide in the Lord, as did he. He has seen Jesus!! You and your family are in my prayers. Best regards from Gwen and the ZHS Class of '55.

Mike Pedersen Sep 11 ,2020

Co-Worker (Lincare KC) ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bruce passing away. He was a great guy who always had a smile on his face, laughed, and was always willing to help you out. He will be missed. Rest In Peace Bruce.

Cathy Allen Sep 11 ,2020

Coworker ,Smithville ,Missouri

I did not know Bruce well, but I do know he was an encourager to those around him. He always had a kind word or sometimes just a gracious smile that let you know that he saw you and you mattered to him. He will be missed! My heartfelt condolences and prayers to his loved ones! Praise God, Jesus lives!

Stacy Westbrook Sep 15 ,2020

Friend/ Sister in Christ ,Atlanta ,Georgia

“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up there wounds.” Psalm 147:3 Sending prayers and love to Yvette, Mrs. Bonnie, Carl, Bryan, Beverly and Bruce’s children. There are no words to describe this loss. He was /is my “BIG Brother in Christ”. Thank you God for the gift of Bruce Garrett Norris! To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I know you are having a time. Until I see you again. Your Lil’ sis Stacy (and Family)

kim srubas Sep 16 ,2020

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Nora zerillo Sep 22 ,2020

Former Co worker ,Huntington Beach ,California

My thoughts and prayers are with Bruce and the family. I’ve known Bruce over 10 years and never got the chance to personally meet him. From the first phone call that I had with Bruce we were instantly friends. His beautiful personality will be missed. I was glad to have been in able to keep in touch with him on social media. He is missed and will be missed forever. Rear in paradise Brucie Bruce, you are one of a kind.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Lenexa Baptist Church
Address:
15320 West 87th Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66219
Date:
Sep 15 ,2020
Time:
9:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Service
Location:
Lenexa Baptist Church
Address:
15320 West 87th Street
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66219
Date:
Sep 15 ,2020
Time:
10:30 AM
Google Map: