Bruce D. Eilers, 60, of Waterloo, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, June 12, 2005 at his home. He was born June 7, 1945, in Cedar Falls, son of Charles and Barbara Schryver Eilers. He married Brenda Joyce Sindt Dec. 23, 1967, at St. John Lutheran Church in Keystone. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa majoring in music education and minoring in sociology and economic, and later received his M.A. from UNI majoring in music.
Mr. Eilers was a string music educator, most recently at Waterloo West High School, retiring in 2004. He previously taught orchestra in the Cedar Rapids School District. Bruce was also conductor for the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. He was an active judge and clinician for area contests and festivals. He served in the U.S. Army in C 1/505 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division during Vietnam where he received a Purple Heart.
He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, was on the Iowa High School Music Association (50th All State Festival Planning Committee), Iowa Music Educators Association – All State Orchestra Chair (1998-2003), and was former member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony. He was a member of the Superior Hawgs RAGBRAI Team. He was very active in life and this is just a small amount of his professional involvement. Bruce was recognized by Grinnell College receiving the Outstanding Iowa Teacher Award in 1998.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Aaron (fiancee Melissa McBride) of Cedar Rapids; a daughter, Rebecca Eilers of Woodbury, Minn.; his mother of Hastings, Minn.; and three brothers, Delos (Karen) of Cottage Grove, Minn., James (Sue) of Villa Park, Ill., and David of Cary, N.C. Preceded in death by: his father.
Services were held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery.