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August 14, 1945 – August 13, 2022

Bruce Rodger Douglas
Aug. 14, 1945 – Aug. 13, 2022
Bruce passed away peacefully at age 76 in his Buffalo, MN home. Preceded in death by parents David Stanley Douglas and Anne Janosco Douglas. He is survived by his wife Barbara J. and children Scott Anderson; Darci Dvorak (Terry), and children Eric, Lauren and her family; Richard Anderson and daughters Madelyn and Hannah and her family; Jennifer Hauge and children Grace, Nicholas and Claire. He is also survived by siblings Nancy Rodgers (Leo d.), son Lionel Rodgers (Crystal) and their children Joshua and Leah; Roberta D. Gale; Scott D. Douglas (LuAnne) and children Aaron and Elisabeth and their families; and Lowell A. Douglas. He is warmly remembered by extended family, friends and colleagues.
Bruce was graduated from Buffalo (MN) High School (1963), Carleton College (1967) and the UMN Law School. He served in the US Navy JAG Corps. He practiced law in Buffalo, MN, and was a Judge in the MN Tenth Judicial District.
Bruce was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and will be remembered as being loving, generous, strong, supportive, and down to earth.

He enjoyed time spent with his family, being outdoors – especially hunting and fishing.

Per his request there will be no public service. A private family ceremony will held at Kreidler Cemetery.

41 Guestbook Entries

  1. Judy Bergstrom

    So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing, Barb. Was a year behind Bruce in high school. Bruce, also, was the judge when I served on jury duty many years ago. Was great to see him in action. Praying for you & your family during this difficult time.

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  2. Steve Halsey

    Bruce was my mentor. I will miss him greatly.
    Judge Steve Halsey

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  3. Robert Adams

    I knew Bruce as a great judge and a good friend. A warm caring man.

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  4. Dave Ahlm

    Rest In Peace Bruce..you were a good man. My thoughts and prayers to Scott and entire family.

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  5. John and Brenda Hoffman

    I am so sorry about Judge Douglas’ passing he was a fine man and a good judge and a leader among his 10th District colleagues.

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  6. jenny Walker Jasper

    Bruce was an amazing man and a wonderful Judge. He had great empathy toward those who appeared before him and he was always ready to listen and help out younger Judges. A truly outstanding human who made us all better people because we knew him.

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  7. Kristin Larson

    Judge Douglas was so kind to me when I was a young attorney practicing in his courtroom in Buffalo. I am sure he will be sorely missed by Barb and his family.

    Judge Kristin Larson (Anoka)

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  8. Edward Bearse

    Great fellow law school classmate, fellow judge, fellow duck hunter and overall great friend. I was calling him most Sundays. Gonna miss this wonderful guy!!!

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  9. Ric West

    Bruce was a man most worthy of total respect. My love to Barb and the rest of the rest of the family.

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  10. James Dehn

    Bruce was my first Chief Judge and a wonderful leader of our 10 th District judiciary. RIP good friend

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  11. Sharon Hall

    I loved Bruce!!! He took me under his wing when I became a judge in 1993. He got me involved in MDJA where I eventually became president. He was a marvelous mentor and colleague. I credit him with inspiring me to be a better judge. He made many of us better judges.

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  12. Judge Gary Meyer (Ret)

    The obituary failed to mention that Judge Douglas was not only a Wright County District Judge but was elected Chief Judge of the Tenth Judicial District for two terms; was a state judicial leader on the Conference of Chief Judges; and was appointed by the Supreme Court to numerous commissions and committees. The state District Court Judges elected him as President of the Minnesota District Judges Association. Bruce was a dear friend; he gave me much wise counsel, and was a trusted confidant. My wife Sara and I will miss him dearly.

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  13. Stephanie Roder

    We were lucky enough to know Bruce when we moved next door. Such a kind man with the best sense of humor and great love for his family. I wish I would have had the opportunity to know him as a judge, he was not only smart, but compassionate. He loved
    being the recipient of soup during “soup season” at our house. I always enjoyed our phone conversations when I would call to arrange a soup or treat drop off. He will will be greatly missed by all of his neighbors. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  14. Stephanie Roder

    We were lucky enough to know Bruce when we moved next door. Such a kind man with the best sense of humor and great love for his family. I wish I would have had the opportunity to know him as a judge, he was not only smart, but compassionate. He loved being the recipient of soup during “soup season” at our house. I always enjoyed our phone conversations when I would call to arrange a soup or treat drop off. He will will be greatly missed by all of his neighbors. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  15. Mary L. Bremmer

    Many great memories of Bruce and a few good stories also. I very much appreciated his kindness and respected the example he set. He will be missed.

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  16. Beverly A. Johnson

    Thinking of you, Barb, and the rest of the family. Bruce was such a great friend to both Kim and me. Had a great sense of humor. He will be missed!

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  17. REBECCA

    To My Aunt Barb and Scott, Darcy, Rich, Jennifer and to all of their family and friends,
    My condolences for Uncle Bruce. He was a good man and a great father. Sorry I can’t make it for I have to work. My thoughts and prayers to you all God Bless.

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  18. Vicki Renne Woelfel

    A dear and special friend.

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  19. Mary Yunker

    Bruce was such a great professional mentor and friend. As our group leader at the Bemidji Trial School, Bruce taught not only trial skills but respect for the law, the litigants and opposing counsel. As a judicial colleague, no matter the issue or the problem, Bruce never forgot to ask “and how are you doing?” The twinkle in his eye warned you a chuckle was next on the program and oh, the stories he told! Rest in peace, Bruce.

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  20. James Dickinson

    As a lawyer often appearing before Judge Douglas, I was always glad to see he was assigned to my case as I knew my client would always receive a fair and open mind with Judge Douglas.

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  21. James Dickinson

    As a lawyer who often appeared in front of Judge Douglas, I was always excited to see him assigned to my case as I knew my client would receive a fair and open mind with Judge Douglas.

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  22. Barry Johnson

    I met Bruce at Officer Indoctrination School in Newport R.I. In 1969. We were stationed together at Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines and at Treasure Island in San Francisco, Ca., both being discharged in 1974. We have stayed in touch over the years and I can attest that he was an excellent officer and a really good man in every respect. His Navy friends will all miss him. We wish Barb and his family the very best.
    Much love, Barry and Patty Johnson

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  23. Sarah Denzer

    This is so sad. My thoughts and prayers of comfort to his family and all those who knew him. He was a really great person.

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  24. Richard Jordan

    Bruce was always laid back and easy to talk with had several contacts with him as corrections officer with Wright County, always had that extra minute to chat, had my total respect.God Bless

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  25. Cindi Spence

    Clerking for Judge Douglas was one of my greatest honors. He taught me so much – not just about the law and advocacy, but about being an ethical, compassionate and good human. I have thought about him so many times over the years. Peace, love and strength to Barb and to all who love and miss Bruce.

    Cindi Spence

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  26. Barry and Patty Johnson

    I met Bruce at Officer Indoctrination School at Newport, R.I. in 1969. We were stationed together at US Navy Base, Subic Bay, Philippines and Treasure Island, San Francisco, Ca. We both were discharged in 1974 and have kept in touch for 50+ years. I can attest that Bruce was an excellent officer and a great friend. All of his Navy friends will miss him greatly. Much love to Barb and his family. Barry and Patty Johnson

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  27. Del Haag

    A “Good Guy” that will be missed.

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  28. Sandy Shoutz

    Bruce was a very kind man. I knew him as a local attorney and then a judge. I admired him. He will be missed. My love to you, Barb, and your famil.

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  29. Jaime (Petersen) Fitzgibbon

    Bruce was always an inspiration to me. While I may have not become a judge, his example pushed me into what I was capable of achieving. Such a genuine, warm person. He will be missed. Sending lots of love to Aunt Barb.

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  30. Howard Golub

    I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the entire family. Bruce was a great human being. We need more people like him.

    Bruce and I served together in the Navy. He was a wonderful person, dearly liked by all of us.

    We were stationed at Treasure Island Naval Station in San Francisco Bay, around 1971-1973. When I got out of the Navy, Bruce and Barry Johnson lived in the apartment next to me and we had many happy times together. Even now, reflecting back over 50 years, although I no longer remember the details I still laugh when I think about Bruce’s hilarious stories.

    In the ensuing years we only had limited contact but I remember my fried Bruce with great fondness.

    Howard Golub
    Alamo, California

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  31. Judge Kevin Burke

    Bruce was a terrific leader and a very good guy. My condolences to his family.

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  32. robert rancourt

    Outstanding and compassionate Judge with a great sense of humor. My prayers are with the family.

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  33. Mike Super, retired Deputy Sheriff

    My prayers and condolences to Barbara and their family. Judge Douglas was always kind and honest, and always had time for any of my fellow deputies. I’m at a loss for words. We all lost a good man.

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  34. Judge Stephen Aldrich

    One of our good guys.

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  35. Jonathan Jasper

    Bruce was a mentor and friend. When I was appointed as a Judge in Wright County, Bruce picked me up and drove all over Wright County to give me a feel for the history of different areas. We had lunch several times. Every time nearly every patron would stop over to chat with Bruce. He was a legend in Wright County. He was recognized throughout the state for his leadership. I am unaware of any Judge held in such high regard both by colleagues and constituents. He will be missed by all.

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  36. Claire Lensegrav

    Prayers for you Barbara and your family. Bruce was an amazing person.

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  37. Kathleen Gearin

    I was president elect when he was President of the District Judges Association. He taught me how to be a good leader in that organization. Also taught with him for years at the Bemidji trial school. He was smart, insightful, funny, kind and a great judge and for me a great friend.

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  38. Richard Hermes

    Bruce was a mentor to me and I tried my first trial case in front of him. We later coached mock trial together at Buffalo High School. A warm and kind soul.

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  39. Greg Galler

    Bruce was an outstanding man who was willing to help so many others. His quick wit, kind disposition, and wisdom will be missed.

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  40. Brian Lutes

    Bruce was a great judge and man. He was kind and caring. I still remember many of the things he regularly said during sentencing hearings and share those with newer attorneys. He made everyone feel at home in his courtroom. The day he left the bench was huge loss for Wright County. I miss him.

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  41. Roy Quady

    My condolences to the entire family, and especially my old friend Laddy. First met your big brother in a duck blind a long long time ago and have enjoyed many happy moments with him ever since. A true blessing to our community and he will be missed.

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