COLUMBUS, Ohio – A celebration to honor the life of Coach Earle Bruce will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Arena. The general public is invited to attend the approximately hour-long ceremony that will feature speakers and music by students from the Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands. Parking is free in the North St. John Arena lot and the North Riverbank lot.
Longtime WBNS sports anchor Dom Tiberi will emcee the celebration. The speakers will include Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel, coach Bruce’s grandson Zach Smith, current assistant coach Tony Alford, who played for Bruce at Colorado State, and longtime WTVN announcer Matt McCoy, who spent 23 years on the air with Bruce.
Ohio State All-American William White, who played for Bruce, will deliver the invocation.
The Bruce family members will be departing St. John Arena immediately following the celebration. They will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 North High Street, Columbus.
Services and burial will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for family, close friends, former players and coaches.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may made to the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology, Fund #312531, Care of The Ohio State University Foundation, Attn. Gift Processing, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221.