After 24 years of Volunteer Service, Dort Federal Credit Union Director, George Bruce Hardenbrook, Jr. Passes Away at Age 86

FLINT, MI— George Bruce Hardenbrook, Jr., passed away on October 12, 2011, at the age of 86. Bruce was a lifelong resident of Flint, Michigan and proudly served on the Dort Federal Credit Union Board of Directors for 24 years. His dedication to the credit union will always be remembered. 

“Bruce was an inspiration to us all. He loved our community and most importantly, loved the people we serve. Bruce was a consummate optimist, always pointing out the positive and emphasizing the importance of education and technology. He was an advocate for staff and true supporter of the credit union movement. He will be deeply missed by his friends here at Dort Federal.” Dort President/CEO Vicki Hawkins said.  

Bruce’s tenure on the Dort Federal Credit Union Board of Directors included several terms as Board Treasurer, former Chairman of the Community Involvement Committee, and many years on the Credit Committee.

Dort Federal Credit Union Board of Directors Chairman, Harry Awdish noted, “Bruce was an exemplary leader for our credit union and one of the finest men in our community. He was a creative thinker who advocated for, and encouraged the use of technology in our credit union operations. Always a gentleman, his quiet strength will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but never forgotten.” 

While dedicated to the credit union, Bruce’s service extended beyond the walls of Dort Federal through his deep interest in science, and passion for education. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy from Central Michigan University, Bruce used his knowledge and talents to serve as a Board Member of the Flint Children’s Museum, and a past President of the Planetary Advisory Council, and was one of the first lecturers at the Longway Planetarium. Additionally, Bruce was a member and Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Flint, past President of the Retired Men’s Club, mentor to the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts of America, was a past President of Spring Meadows County Club as well as a 50 year member. Bruce was also on the Board Directors for Trialon Corporation. 

Bruce’s very first service, however, was to the United States’ Navy during World War II. He was also as a Commanding Officer on a mine sweeper in the Philippines. Bruce retired from General Motors AC Spark Plug Division as an Automotive Engineer in 1980 after 32 years of service, and was a Vice President at Trialon Corporation.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Joan, daughters Laura McKellar and Lynn McNee, son David Hardenbrook, son-in-law Bruce McNee, daughter-in-law Debra Hardenbrook, and grandchildren Arthur, Andrea, Garret, and Grace. Bruce was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Hardenbrook.

With more than 57,000 members, Dort Federal serves the residents and workforce of Genesee, Lapeer, Shiawassee, and northern Livingston Counties through their network of seven offices and an interactive web site at DortOnline.org.