COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A ceremony will be held Wednesday to celebrate the life of former Ohio State University football coach Earle Bruce.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place today at 10:30 am, at St. John Arena. Parking is free in the North St. John Arena lots and the North Riverbank lot.
The list of people scheduled to speak at the celebration includes current OSU coach Urban Meyer, former coach Jim Tressel, and Bruce’s grandson Zach Smith.
Coach Bruce died Friday at the age of 87. He’d been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
He had a record of 81-26-1 as Ohio State’s coach from 1979-87. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Bruce was hired after the revered Hayes was fired for punching a Clemson player in the 1978 Gator Bowl. Even after being fired by Ohio State and moving on to other jobs, he never lost his passion for Ohio State football.
The Bruce family members will be departing St. John Arena immediately following the celebration. They will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 North High Street, Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may made to the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology, Fund #312531, Care of The Ohio State University Foundation, Attn. Gift Processing, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221.