Bruce Raymond Magnuson
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Bruce Raymond Magnuson, of Chicago and Lakeside, Mich., formerly of Hinsdale, passed away Oct. 12, 2023, just short of his 91st birthday.
He was born in 1932 in Oak Park to Raymond and Astrid Magnuson.
He attended Chicago Christian High School, then North Park College and Augustana College, where he met Carole (Sahlin) and graduated in 1954 with a bachelor's in business. He and Carole married in November 1954 in Tacoma, Wash.
Married life began in South Bend, Ind., followed by La Grange, Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Burr Ridge, until the two settled along the Chicago/Museum Park lakefront in 2007. He was the general manager of Vogel Peterson Co. and cofounder of Magnuson Group. Although he never officially retired, he maintained a strong work life balance, serving on boards including Covenant Retirement Communities and the Viking ship project.
He and Carole traveled extensively but put down additional roots in Michigan where they savored a respite from the city. He was renowned for his incredible memory, especially when regaling a tale or accurately bringing his caricatures to life via pencil or dramatization. With an affinity for art, photography, cars and travel he loved his family and God and church above all else. He was always there to lend a quiet hand of help, leading with love.
He is survived by his children, Karin, Peter (Erin) and Elizabeth; his grandchildren, Stewart and Elinda; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ann; and his wife, Carole.
A memorial service is pending.
Memorials may be made to Covenant Retirement Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Road, Northbrook, IL 60062; please note "Benevolent Fund".
Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.