Phillip Bruce Pike AMTA 8/30/2004
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Phillip Bruce Pike one of the first AMTA members....February 10, 1938 - April 15, 2005

 

Bruce & Margaret in Scotland 2004 A Young Bruce Pike

Phillip Bruce Pike, Sr. was born February 10, 1938,  in Columbus, Georgia to James M. Pike and Marie Orr.

Bruce graduated form Jordan High School in Columbus and joined the Army National Guard in Georgia, March 21, 1955.  He served in the National Guard until July 31, 1956.

He had three goals in life: to be a husband; a father and a soldier.  During his lifetime Bruce managed to achieve all of his goals in an outstanding sort of way.

Bruce joined the United States Air Force August 1, 1956.  He served many different places during his career.  He served within the United States, Japan, Germany, Viet Nam, and Thailand.  He retired as an E-7 September 1, 1977 after more than 20 years of service.

He married the former Margaret Jonietz on January 30, 1960 at the St. Benedict's Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.  Together they had eight children and were further blessed with 14 grandchildren and four great-grand children.

After retiring from the USAF Bruce worked for the Anson Independent School District and also serviced oil wells in the Abilene, Texas area.  During this time he continued his college education, attending a number of colleges and universities while continuing to work and care for his family.  In 1990 Bruce graduated with a Business Studies Degree from the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.

His post military career included working for the Dee Howard Company in San Antonio and Nordam Corporation in Oklahoma.  Bruce certified as an avionics inspector during this time and he retired from Nordam in 2001.

Bruce practiced his Catholic faith throughout his life, living his life to bring others closer to God.

He demanded the best of himself and encouraged those around him -- whether at home, at work or elsewhere -- to expect the best of themselves.  Bruce believed in self-sacrifices for the good of others, especially his family.

He was always approachable.  Bruce cared about his family and friends.

His family and all who knew Bruce will continue to miss his presence, his love and his guidance.

Written By:  Margaret Pike and John Pike

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