YAKIMA – Andrew F. Bruner, 84, of Yakima, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2005, at the Renaissance Care Center.
Andy was born October 21, 1921 in Drake, ND to John and Elizabeth (Ganje) Bruner. He was raised and educated in McHenry County and grew up on the family farm. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII in the First Marine Raiders Battalion in the South Pacific Islands. He received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on the island of Guam. In 1945 he was discharged.
He married Barbara Feist on February 27, 1946, in Karlsruhe, ND. They moved to Klamath Falls, OR where Andy began working for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. In 1954, he worked in the Tule Lake, CA area for two years and later transferred to Wapato, where he continued working as a watermaster. He also was in charge of the weed spraying projects program for five years during this time. He retired in 1977 after 34 1/2 years with the government.
Andy was talented in fixing and repairing things and made friends easily. He especially enjoyed his family, his two grandsons and his great-grandchildren. He enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren fishing, clam digging, mushroom hunting and the “Safari” trips in the spring, teaching the children about wildlife and nature. Andy loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Wapato for 43 years and the past six years as a member of Holy Redeemer Church. He was a life member of the U.S. Marine Raider Association, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #8 of Yakima and a 50 year member of the American Legion Post #133 of Wapato.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Barbara Bruner of Yakima, a son, Ron and wife Pam Bruner of Yakima, two grandsons, Daniel (Brenda) Bruner and Brian (Lisa) Bruner, all of Selah; four great- grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Brandon, Meagan and Haley; a brother, George (Betty) Bruner of Drake, ND, sisters, Kathryne Mack of Hermiston, OR and Agnes (Jack ) Keller of Albany, OR; and sisters-in-law, Theresa Bruner of Drake, ND and Ann Bruner of Carson, ND.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, John, Benny, Frank, Anton, Mike, Martin and Charles Bruner, a sister, Elizabeth DeLoach and brothers-in-law, Harry DeLoach and Wendelin Mack.
Viewing will be Wednesday and Thursday, 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home.
Vigil services will be Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. at Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial is Friday, December 16, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, the church or favorite charity of the donor, c/o Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home.
Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.