Bruce A. Eller, 61

Program analyst

June 03, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Bruce A. Eller, a retired program analyst who had worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, died of a brain tumor Thursday at his Ellicott City home. He was 61.

Mr. Eller was born and raised in Abingdon and was a 1965 graduate of Edgewood High School. During the Vietnam War, he served as an Army infantryman from 1967 to 1970.

"He saw combat but talked very little about his experiences in Vietnam," said his wife of 35 years, the former Shirl A. Espey.

After being honorably discharged, Mr. Eller earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Baltimore in 1972.

A civilian employee of the Army, Mr. Eller worked as a program analyst for the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, and later at a military hospital in Germany. Subsequently, he was a program analyst for the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi and the Army Corps of Engineers, from which he retired last year.

Mr. Eller enjoyed skiing in Europe, Colorado, Utah and British Columbia, family members said. He also liked riding his bicycle and hiking at Sedona, Ariz.

Before moving to Ellicott City in 1991, he had been a longtime volunteer with the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the fire hall, 3306 Abingdon Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Eller is survived by his father, Warren G. Eller of Abingdon; two brothers, Warren Thomas Eller of Forest Hill and Tony R. Eller of Charlotte, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

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