Bruce Nelson Costner, 57, of Warsaw, and formerly of Norborne, died at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at his home, from injuries sustained in a farming accident.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Thurman Funeral Home in Norborne. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2011, with a masonic service at 6:30 p.m. prior to visitation at Thurman Funeral Home in Norborne. Burial will be held in the Ebenezer Cemetery near Bogard with full Military honors provided by the Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Wright Flight Program.
Born March 9, 1954, in Norborne he was the son of Bernice Milo and Naomi Lucille (Hardwick) Costner. He was a 1972 graduate of the Norborne High School, enlisted in the Air Force Reserve on March 7, 1989, and had over 22 years of service. He was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (E-7) on March 1, 2002. He deployed twice to Kuwait for Operation Southern Watch in 1998 and 1999, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008. The medals he earned included: Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (posthumously), Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal Global, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and NATO Medal. He was working at Whiteman Air Force Base and living in Warsaw the last 10 years. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Shawnee Masonic Lodge #653 A.F. and A.M., a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post #14000 and American Legion Post #0217 all of Warsaw.
Survivors include his fiancÚ, Tamre Walter of Marshall; one son, Beau Costner and his wife, Danielle, of Utica; two daughters, Cassi Ralston and her husband, Brad, of Gardner, Kan., and Amy Stucker and her husband, Kevin, of Harrisonville; nine grandchildren, Caden, Milo, Harrison, Madison, Mackenzie, Jordan, Andrew, Alexis and Katelyn; one brother, John Wayne Costner and his wife, Cindia, of Carrollton; one sister, Brenda Sue Winfrey and her husband, Roger, of Clifton; and several nieces and a nephew also survive.
Additional information provided per family recompense.