|Thursday, July 12 2012 08:01|
Bruce Efron, 61, died after a courageous fight with lung cancer on Friday, July 6, 2012. Born in Minneapolis, he spent most of his life in Overland Park.
Bruce is survived by wife Betsy (Laurabeth) of 34 years; son Joshua; daughter and son-in-law, Erica and Matt Barnes; parents, Jerome and Beatrice Efron; grandchildren, Noah and Amelie; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Bari Efron; and numerous adoring nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 9, in the chapel at Kehilath Israel Blue Ridge Cemetery, followed by burial.
Bruce Efron’s name was a household word in Kansas City in the 1990s and 2000s. With his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and broadcast from the University of Kansas, Bruce became a top-rated DJ bringing warmth and humor to his work. An old time style radio personality, his shows were entertaining, scored with comic productions and creative interviews for more than 30 years in St. Joseph, Mo., Huntington, W.V., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ottawa, Kan., topped by 12 years at WDAF in Kansas City as the “All Night Trucker.”
In addition to his professional success, Bruce was a star in the synagogue choir for decades and frequent ba’al t’filla (service leader) at Kehilath Israel Synagogue, active in community theater and performance, and generously participated in community activities such as serving as a Big Brother.
Even more than his talent, Bruce will be remembered as a role model for kindness and patience. His quick wit and sense of song were indicators of his desire to give others pleasure. He put much energy into maintaining long and close friendships over decades, and liking people just as they are. His smile, acceptance and kindness will be missed.
The family thanks Rabbi Herbert Mandl and Dan Kass for their guidance and support during this hard time.
The family suggests donations to Jewish Family Services, 5801 W. 115th St, Overland Park, KS 66211, or the American Cancer Society.
Shiva services are being held at the Atriums, 7300 W 107th Street, Overland Park, mornings at 8 a.m. and evenings at 6:55 p.m. There is no service Friday evening, Saturday morning or Saturday evening. Look for signs in the lobby. Shiva concludes with the Sunday morning service.
Online condolences may be shared at www.louismemorialchapel.com.
Arr: The Louis Memorial Chapel, 816-361-5211.