David C. Bruce, a retired federal investigator of white-collar crime, died of pneumonia Jan. 16 at Northwest Hospital. The Milford Mill resident was 78.
Born in Baltimore and raised on McCulloh Street, he was the son of James E. Bruce, a Schmidt's bread truck driver, and his wife, Grace Parker.
He was a 1956 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, where he played football.
He attended Morgan State University and later joined the Marine Corps, where he served for more than three years, including time stationed in Korea.
Mr. Bruce joined the Baltimore Police Department and became a homicide detective. After 17 years, he changed jobs and became a Department of the Interior criminal investigator. He retired about 15 years ago.
"He loved his job and commuted to Washington daily," said his wife, the former Jeanette Leighton. "He carpooled at first and wound up driving a van in a van pool."
Mr. Bruce enjoyed watching football games and rooted for the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, 3121 Walbrook Ave., where he was a former acolyte and senior warden.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, a social services coordinator for the Baltimore Health Department; a daughter, Rhonda B. Goodwyn; a brother, Donald Bruce, both of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. A son, David Paul Bruce, died in 1981.