Bruce Crass, age 88, of Phelps, Wis., died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mich.

He was born July 29, 1931, in Filmore, Wis., the 18th child of the late Joseph and Edna (née Gerner) Crass.

He married Ella M. Tienhaara on Aug. 25, 1956.

Bruce was an avid outdoorsman who liked to hunt and fish.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

He worked in Milwaukee, Wis., as a general laborer before moving to Phelps, where he worked for the Vilas County Highway Department before he retired.

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Gail (David) Cas­key of Argonne, Wis.; grandson, Greg (Diana) Caskey of Alexandria, Va.; granddaughter, Amy (Marty) Mangerson of Elcho, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Michael Caskey, Alice Caskey and Bruce Mangerson.

He also is survived by brother, Everette Crass of Land O’ Lakes, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.

Bruce was preceded in death by his wife, Ella; daughter, Karen Crass; sisters, Florence Crass, Gladys Lechner, Loraine Krause, Edna Peters, Helen Cook and Esther Koenig; and brothers, Wilmer Crass, Carlos Crass, Russell Crass, Joseph Crass Jr., William Crass, Roy Crass, Ray Crass, Orville Crass, Mer­lin Crass and Phillip Crass. 

A celebration of life and burial will occur in the spring of 2020 in the Phelps Cemetery. 

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River.  Online condolences may be expressed at