Bruce Allen Lenning, 65, passed away Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at the Vista Prado assisted living facility in Vallejo due to complications from a long-term illness. He was a long-time resident of the Napa community.
Bruce was born in Mason City, Iowa, the oldest son to Arthur and Marjorie Lenning. He grew up in American Canyon and attended Napa schools, eventually graduating in 1970 from Napa High School. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a Military Policeman (MP) and received several medals. After returning home, Bruce and his father, Arthur, owned Lenning Construction where Bruce learned the carpentry trade. He would later work as a commercial framer for local Bay Area construction companies such as Richard Hancock Construction as a foreman under Local Union 751. Bruce was a highly respected leader, running building crews composed of hundreds of employees through the course of his career. Among his most accomplished, were commercial projects that included The Clocktower Building in San Francisco, the science building of Napa Valley College, and additions to Sonoma Valley High School.
Bruce was a loving and devoted family man. He was at his happiest moments when he was spending time with his children. He shared a special relationship with each of his kids, who he raised to also become incredible people in their own right. Whether it was sharing his love and knowledge of sports, shooting pool while “solving the world’s problems” with his son, or helping shovel dirt into his daughter’s planter box, family was most important to him.
Bruce was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Oakland A’s fan, and much of that love was passed down to his children. He enjoyed billiards, spending time in his garage working on projects, abalone diving, and watching movies.
Bruce is survived by his former wife, Kathy Lenning, four children: Curt Brandt (and wife Khari Brandt), Troy Lenning, Jake Lenning, and Alli Lenning. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Avry Brandt and Callyn Brandt. In addition to his children, he leaves behind sisters Susan Winslow (and Larry Winslow) and Diane Ives, and brother Chuck Lenning.
A special thank you to long-time friends Ron Abernathy and Gary Koch (and wife Jackie Koch) for remaining close by Bruce’s side till the end. Thank you to Vallejo’s Vista Prado living community and its staff members, under the direction of Judy Rodrigues, for providing loving care and helping Bruce start the next chapter of his journey. In addition, thank you to Kindred Hospice for their compassion and professionalism in assisting Bruce and his family in his last months.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 1 p.m. Please join us at Hall Winery, 401 St. Helena Hwy S, St. Helena.