Meyer, Tressel among speakers for Earle Bruce's celebration of life

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2007, file photo, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, left, and Florida head coach Urban Meyer, right, are joined by former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, center, as they stand with the BCS college football championship trophy in Scottsdale, Ariz. Bruce died in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 87, according to a statement released by his daughters through Ohio State on Friday, April 20, 2018. He’d been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A celebration to honor the life of Coach Earle Bruce will be open to the public on Wednesday morning.

The approximately hour-long ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Arena and feature speakers and music by students from the Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands. Parking is free in the North St. John Arena lots and the North Riverbank lot.

Speakers will include current Ohio State head Urban Meyer, former OSU head coach Jim Tressel, coach Bruce’s grandson Zach Smith (OSU's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator), and current assistant coach Tony Alford, who played for Bruce at Colorado State.

Ohio State All-American William White, who played for Bruce, will deliver the invocation.

The Bruce family members will be departing St. John Arena immediately following the celebration. They will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 North High Street, Columbus.

Services and burial will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church for family, close friends, former players and coaches.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may made to the Earle and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund in Neurology, Fund #312531, Care of The Ohio State University Foundation, Attn. Gift Processing, 1480 West Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43221.