Harold Bruce Pressly, age 86, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away peacefully on Friday, April 29, 2022 with his caring wife of 66 years, Mary by his side. The family has comfort in knowing he has gone to be with his Lord and Savior after several years of declining health due to dementia.
Bruce was born February 13, 1936 to Frank Harold Pressly and Ruth Lippus Pressly in Independence, MO. He and his family moved to small farm just south of Belton, MO at the age of 5 where he was raised as the youngest of 2 children. At Belton High School, Bruce was a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Class President, played football on Belton’s undefeated football team of 1953 and met his lifelong sweetheart, MaryJo Herndon. They graduated from Belton High School in 1954 and were married on June 12, 1955. He attended the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, MO and graduated in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering.
After college, Bruce and Mary returned to the family farm near Belton, MO and started a family of their own. Bruce began what became a 38-year career serving the National Security interests of the United States as a Metallurgical Engineer in the Materials Engineering organization at Bendix / AlliedSignal / Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies. He was member of the American Society of Metals and highly regarded by his peers as an expert in welding metallurgy of dissimilar stainless steels. He also served his community as an officer in the Jaycees and led an effort to build the main Shelter house at the old Belton City Park. He served his church as a Deacon and as Building Committee Chairman during the construction of the then, new First Baptist Church of Belton.
He was the finest example of a kind person, a friend, a man, an engineer, a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle, a father-in-law, a grandfather and great-grandfather anyone could be blessed with. His hobbies included farming, home improvements, carpentry, woodworking, landscaping, silverware crafting, Sudoku and photo puzzles. Bruce was hard-working and a perfectionist. He was the ultimate do-it-yourselfer and found great enjoyment helping his family and friends on countless projects remodeling, repairing, repurposing, and re-utilizing all things. He was strong, insightful, highly resourceful and wasted nothing.
Bruce and Mary Pressly had four children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Wanda Pressly Garver; daughter-in-law Debbie Lovejoy Pressly; and beloved daughter Diana Pressly Avery. He is survived by his wife, MaryJo Herndon Pressly; their three sons (and spouses), Bob Pressly (Janet), Gary Pressly (Carol), Todd Pressly (Paula); son-in-law, Mark Avery; grandchildren, Alan Avery (Jennifer), Scott Avery (Kate), Kyle Pressly (Shella), Kate Pressly Carlson (Cody), Kara Pressly, Leia Pressly, and Walt Pressly (fiancé, Regan); great-grandchildren, Landon Avery, Jackson Avery, Easton Avery, Finley Jo Pressly, Crew Pressly, Lucas Avery, and Morgan Carlson.
A visitation will be held for family and friends from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at the Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, MO. A graveside service will follow at 12:30 PM. at the Belton Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and the Kansas City Hospice Foundation.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063