Clarence “Bruce” Knowlton, 86, of Eau Claire died Sunday, April 29, 2019, after living with cancer for the past 34 years.
Bruce was born on July 20, 1932, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He was the third of five children born to Clarence and Eline (Bean) Knowlton. He lived his entire life in Eau Claire along the Chippewa River. He graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1950. He married Jean Schwegman at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer on September 22, 1956. To this union, four children were born. Bruce worked for Hehl-Grohn Construction for 34 years and retired in 1994. He also served 11 years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Throughout his life, Bruce was an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He also enjoyed camping, boating, woodworking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Bruce is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Jean; children, Connie (Neil) Schauer of Spencer, Daniel Knowlton of Eau Claire, Carol (Joe) Hebert of Eau Claire, and Pam Bunge of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Tiffany (David) Dodds, Matthew (Emily) Kelley, Marc Kelley, Kerly (Boone) Woolsey, Ryan Schauer, Christian Schauer, Paige Hebert, Nicole Hebert, Calvin Bunge, and Emma Bunge. He is further survived by five great grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren; sister, June Knowlton of West Bend; brothers, Douglas Knowlton of Prentice, and Leon Knowlton of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother- and sister-in-law, Jerry and Colleen Schwegman; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Eline Knowlton; sister and brother-in-law, Joy and Roy Cox; sister-in-law, Nina Knowlton; and brothers-in-law, Carl Acker and Ned Sengpiel.
A Funeral Service will be held at Smith Funeral Chapel on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the funeral home from 5:00-7:00 pm and one hour prior to services on Friday. Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery in Lake Hallie. Family and friends may leave online condolences at


  1. Dear Pam and Knowlton Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you.
    Soma Pierce-Smit

  2. Dear Pam and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. My fondest hopes are with you during this time and beyond. Loss provides few answers, but I hope for kinship and support for each of you.

  3. I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! Hugs to you Pam. I hope your happiest memories can dull the pain!!!

  4. My condolences to Bruce’s family.
    I enjoyed working with Bruce for a few years in the early 1970’s when I got out of High School.
    I remember tending block for him. He was always meticulous to get the first courses of block perfectly level so it made the rest of the courses easier. I learned much from him. He was a great guy to work with.
    Bill Klee

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