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Bruce Wayne Trammell

February 13, 1959 ~ August 8, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old


Bruce Wayne Trammell - age 64 of Polo, MO passed away Tuesday evening, August 8, 2023, in Kansas City. Bruce was born on February 13, 1959, the son of Leroy and Helen (Jones) Trammell in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He attended Belton High School. He married Linda Childs on June 12th, 1976. He was a member of the Elmira Baptist Church. Bruce will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Bruce had a strong faith in God and his faith never wavered, even at the end. He would talk about Jesus to everyone including hospital staff and visitors.  He thanked the hospital staff each shift asking them how he could pray for them.  While hospitalized, he experienced a medical emergency where he had the feeling his body went up into the clouds and he saw his brother Mark.  Mark told him it wasn’t his time yet and to go back.  It was so appropriate that it was Mark that met him since Mark had prayed the prayer of salvation with Bruce about a year before Mark passed.  Praise God!  If you do not know for certain you are going to heaven it would be Bruce’s wish that you make that decision today.  There are bibles and million-dollar gospel tracts lying in the back.  Feel free to take one. Pastor Jeremy is also available to talk with you after the service if you have any questions or would like to pray with someone.  

Bruce and Linda really enjoyed the last 14 months as they took their RV to 24 states and many National Parks.  Some of the beautiful places visited are highlighted in the pictures being shown.  Bruce and Linda made a team as they crossed the US seeing God’s beauty and meeting new friends.  Bruce said he was so glad Linda talked him into it and set off on this adventure. He commented that he lived 10 years in the last 14 months.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Mark Trammell; sister, Diana Holly; mother-in-law, Mary Starcev and grandmother-in-law, Velma Cummings. He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters, Jennifer Gatrel (Jeff) of Cowgill, MO and Katie Lancaster (Lynard) of Kingston, MO; five grandchildren, Dalton, Maddy, Katelyn, Lincoln, and Liam; siblings, Janice Smeall of Olathe, KS, and Leroy “Mike” Trammell of Moberly, MO.  There are many other family and friends too numerous to count that will be remembering Bruce and grieving his passing. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Midwest Transplant Network. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, August 12th, 2023, at Lawson Baptist Church, 18603 US-69, Lawson, MO. Bruce had a deep love for his family and friends and would be so appreciative of your attendance and support to Linda. Casual attire is welcomed.  Please come ready to join us in song and praise as we celebrate the life of Bruce.  A live stream link will be made available before the service.  Burial will be at a later date at Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, MO. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of Stith Funeral Home in Polo (660) 354-2214. Online guestbook at

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Information for making a contribution in Bruce's memory to Midwest Transplant Network:

Bruce was a strong believer in organ donation but was unable to donate personally due to leukemia.  His wish would be this non-profit that saves so many lives would be something you would consider.

At Midwest Transplant Network, we are grateful for all monetary donations, which play an essential role in our lifesaving mission. All contributions support public education for organ, eye and tissue donation, as well as donor family services. Your donated funds help ensure that people have access to the information they need to make the right choice about donation.

All charitable contributions are tax-deductible. Our Federal Tax Identification Number is 43-1016328. We do not share information about financial contributors with outside organizations. 

Contributions can be made by mailing a check or submitting your credit card online. If you wish to send a check, please mail it to:

Midwest Transplant Network

C/O Memorial Contributions Bruce Trammell

1900 W. 47th Place, Suite 400

Westwood, KS 66205

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As a part of our ongoing commitment to serve the living as well as the deceased and help families heal, we have created this "Living Tribute" at the request of the Trammell family. 


A Living Tribute for Bruce Trammell.


Bruce has a very aggressive type of leukemia. He has decided to go on hospice and the Dr. is indicating he might have 2 to 3 weeks here on earth.  He is very short of breath and not able to talk a lot.  We are in shock, as just a short time ago, Bruce was hiking, biking, kayaking, and hosting family reunions.  Life can change so fast. We believe in God, we believe Jesus died to save us from our sins. Bruce and I have both prayed the prayer of salvation.  We have been baptized.  We know Bruce will go to heaven because of these things.  We are not ready for Bruce to leave us but we have faith in God and His timing. Bruce wants everyone to know he values his family and friends and loves you all so very much! There are so many great memories with each of you. He has the assurance of going to heaven and he wants to see each of you there one day.  Thank you for all the love, support and prayers you have given Bruce and I this last week and continuing forward. If you wish to leave a message for Bruce, I will read all of them to him while he is still here on earth with us.


Before Bruce reaches his eternal home, his family would like for his family and friends  to be able to share in a “Living Tribute” to Bruce. As you feel called, please share thoughts, written or video messages, stories ,memories  and pictures with Bruce during his final days on this earth. 

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Celebration of Life
August 12, 2023

2:00 PM
Lawson Baptist Church
18603 HWY 69
Lawson, MO 64062


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