Bruce was a proud warrior who served both in the Navy and later as a Recon Ranger in the Marine Corps from 1963 until 1990. He served in several military campaigns. He enjoyed collecting Marine Corps memorabilia, supporting the Hibernians, and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Anita, nee Robbins, Cullen; and a brother, James Cullen. He is survived by two sons, Robert Jr. and Scott; a daughter, Deanna Sheplak; a grandson, Loren James Cullen; a brother, Michael (Cheri) Cullen; and a sister, Deborah Jane Cullen. He was deeply loved and is mourned by, Cheryl Manker; her children, Terry and Timothy Manker; grandchildren, Nicholas, Hannah, and Kaitlin Manker; along with his dearest friends, Kenneth Kohlberg and Mary Porter.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, October 5, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A funeral procession will leave at 12 noon for a graveside service to be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.