BRUCE , Eugene Alex of Saginaw, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at his home. Age 59 years. Gene Bruce was born on February 12, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late Charles and Vivian (France) Bruce . He married Gayle Kellett in May of 1997, she survives him. Gene was employed with the family business, Bruce Cartage for many years. He was also the lead guitarist of The Cherry Slush band in the late 1960's. Gene was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly Bruce ; a step-daughter, Katie Kellett, a step-son, Christopher Kellett; a brother, Richard (Kathy) Bruce . He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Bruce ; a step-mother, Rose Bruce . FUNERAL: Gene's Funeral Service will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2009, at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Rd. (off State). Pastor Fred Smolchuck will officiate. Entombment will follow in Oakwood Mausoleum. VISITATION: Friends may call at the Deisler Funeral Home on Friday, October 16, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. MEMORIALS: Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the March of Dimes or the American Cancer Society.