Bruce Lloyd Tiedemann, 42, born December 9, 1978, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Bruce was born in Bowman, ND to Brenda and Eric Tiedemann. He was the younger brother to Jay and older brother to Crystal, yes, the middle child he would be quick to tell you! He grew up in Baker, MT through 4th grade, then moved to Gillette in 5th grade where he enjoyed playing baseball, football, and was an avid skateboarder, as well. He was everybody’s best friend and went above and beyond to include everybody always. His teachers would say, “Bruce was always kind and caring and concerned if somebody was having a bad day…” This continued clear throughout his life until the day he passed, his friends saying, “Bruce was always smiling, gave the best hugs, he was very sweet, and would give the shirt off his back to anyone.”
He remained in Gillette through Jr. High and moved back to Baker for a couple years where he worked and helped on the ranch. He ventured up to Walla Walla, WA for some time with his dad and all the Tiedemann family, which lead him to begin his career, along with his big brother Jay, building golf courses for Dye Designs and working on the Oil Rigs for Cyclone Drilling in Montana and Wyoming, as well as Nabors Drilling in Alaska for a short stint.
In the summer of 2000, at his cousin Tim Garwood’s wedding, he and a friend from school, Robyn Schonberg were reunited, fell in love, traveled together to Renton, WA and Temecula, CA with his brother Jay, cousins Nicki, Ronnie, Uncle Jerald and best friend, Jeff Birgen. Within the next year, Bruce and Robyn welcomed their one and only son, Logan James, in 2001. They moved back to Gillette where Bruce worked in construction and went back on the rigs. Robyn and Bruce remained close friends throughout his life raising Logan in Gillette where they enjoyed watching Logan play baseball and football.
In 2005, Tammy Hunt and Bruce met up in Baker when he was visiting family. They began dating and their love brought four more beautiful children into the world, Eternity (2006), Olivia (2008), Julian (2012) and Brysen (2017). These children will continue to share Bruce’s big heart, huge emotion, and giving and caring nature with the world.
For the last couple of years, Bruce became very close to the Lord and his walk with Jesus was incredible to be a part of, just thriving to hear and see signs from above as much as he could. He did maintenance for Melgaard Construction which he enjoyed tremendously while growing in his faith and was baptized again in April 2020; he was born again! Bruce always had the support from a life-long friend, Dustin Harrison. They had a special bond and did everything together while always motivating and encouraging one another along their journey and everyone they came in contact with. They enjoyed attending church together where Bruce met many more close friends.
Bruce LIVED life fully for the whole extent of his 42 years here on Earth. He was very social, always enjoyed the large family gatherings and did his best to be a loving father to his five amazing children, a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, grandson, nephew, and FRIEND TO ALL THAT KNEW HIM. He loved to talk on the phone while pacing through the whole house, watching movies, listening to music, cooking out of this world special meals, and laughing every chance he got!
His life will be forever cherished in the lives of his children, Logan, Eternity, Olivia, Julien, Brysen and their mothers Robyn and Tammy. He is survived by his parents, Eric (Barb), Brenda (John); his brother, Jay (Denise) and their children Joey, Macie, Sunny, Kit and Holly; his sister, Crystal (Keith) and their children Anthony, Devan and Kyler; his grandparents, Beryl & Patsy and Grandma Lucy; and many devoted aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He is proceeded in death by his grandpa, Harry Tiedemann; grandma, Beverly Humphrey Jensen; and many loving family members that welcomed him with open arms in Heaven.
A Celebration of Service is scheduled for 3:30 PM on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at The Church at the Barn, #2 McKenzie Rd. in Gillette, WY. Family and friends are welcome to a gathering with snacks and refreshments at the Ramada Plaza, 2009 S. Douglas Hwy. There will be a second celebration the Summer of 2021 in Walla Walla, WA where Bruce’s ashes will be spread.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any Pitbull Rescue or Celebrate Recovery of your choice. The family is especially grateful for all the gracious outpouring of love from Bruce’s friends!
Some obituaries have been republished with permission from Gillette Memorial Chapel.