KENNETH J. BRUNS, age 69,
of New Bremen, died on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 10:06 P.M. at the Vancrest of St. Marys after a period of declining health. He was born on December 26, 1952 in Celina, the son of the late Julius H. and Mildred P. (Fiely) Bruns. On May 15, 1976, he married Patricia Schwartz, who survives in New Bremen. Also surviving are his children: Joel (Amy) Bruns of New Bremen, Amy (Ross Brown) Bruns of Wapakoneta, Kimberly (Jason) Wehnes of New Knoxville, and Todd (Karen) Bruns of New Bremen; his six grandchildren: Addison Albers, Avery Albers, Aaron Wehnes, Justin Wehnes, Audriana Bruns, and Landon Bruns; his six step grandchildren: Jake Wehnes, Hunter Wehnes, Kaylee Freund, Mackenzie Brown, Reese Brown, and Mila Brown. Also left to cherish his memory are his siblings: Dan Bruns of Chickasaw, Rosie (Tom) Rutschilling of Minster, and Irene Bruns of Chickasaw; and his in-laws: Nick (Brenda) Schwartz of Yorkshire, Ed (Marilyn) Schwartz, Ron (Edith) Schwartz, Donna (John) Kremer, and John (Connie) Schwartz all of New Bremen. Along with his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his brothers Walter Bruns and Joe Bruns.
Ken was a graduate of Marion Local Schools. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, and also belonged to the Minster Eagles Lodge and the New Bremen Rod & Gun Club. He had worked at Crown Equipment Corp. in New Bremen, retiring in 2015 after 43 years of service, first as the supervisor for the former Plant 1 (rotator plant) and later working on the RR line in Plant 4. In his retirement he enjoyed camping and fishing on Lake Erie for perch and walleye, golfing, bowling, woodworking, and spending time at the Legion in New Bremen. He built many doll beds, barns, and toy boxes for his grandchildren, and was quite the handyman, helping others by installing siding and windows, and he also built the bar at Speedway Lanes. He was constantly keeping busy, but loved spending time with his family.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with Deacon Greg Bornhorst officiating. Inurnment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery of New Bremen. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and again on Thursday, at the church, one hour prior to the services. Memorial contributions in Ken’s memory can be made to Grand Lake Hospice or to the Cancer Association of Auglaize County. Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting the family with arrangements, and condolences to the family can be left on the funeral home website at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
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Melinda Moeller saysJuly 18, 2022 at 3:57 pm
Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.
Roger and Cheryl Barlage saysJuly 18, 2022 at 4:39 pm
Our sympathy to your family. Sending prayers and hugs.
Keith and Maggie Dabbelt saysJuly 18, 2022 at 7:21 pm
Sorry for your loss Mag and I wanted to come to the viewing but due to a medical condition we can’t leave the house for7 to 10 days
Dean and Kate Hartwig saysJuly 18, 2022 at 7:23 pm
Our deepest condolences to Ken’s family and friends.
Teresa Joyce saysJuly 18, 2022 at 8:06 pm
Pat and all the kids we the Joyce girls send our sympathies and prayers to all of your love and hugs to all
Lisa Thobe saysJuly 18, 2022 at 9:04 pm
What a great guy. Gone way too soon. Hold tight to all of your wonderful memories. Prayers for comfort & strength for all those who knew and loved Ken.
Don & Jacqui Kuck saysJuly 19, 2022 at 7:33 am
To the entire family, our condolences.
We still have the cabinet Ken made for us some 27 years ago when we built our new house.
Kathy Gruebmeyer saysJuly 19, 2022 at 11:55 am
Pat and family, my sympathy and prayers to the Bruns and Schwartz families and friends. May Ken now rest in peace.
Kermit & Barb Freewalt saysJuly 19, 2022 at 7:42 pm
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to your whole family
John & Carol Turner saysJuly 19, 2022 at 8:06 pm
Extending our deepest sympathy. God bless. John & Carol
Jim & Lisa Behr saysJuly 19, 2022 at 9:31 pm
Pat and family so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Jim Scheer saysJuly 19, 2022 at 9:41 pm
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Jim and Karen Scheer
Larry and Wendy Link saysJuly 20, 2022 at 9:38 am
My Deepest Sympathies to Pat, Kim and the whole family for the loss of Ken. We are thinking of you all at this sad time.
Gary & Marla Puthoff saysJuly 20, 2022 at 4:31 pm
A piece of my heart was taken when I read about Ken. He was a good friend. We had a lot of good times all through high school and beyond. He was a great guy gone way too soon. I will never forget him. To Pat and your whole family our deepest simpathy.
Ed and Anita Sextro saysJuly 21, 2022 at 8:35 am
Pat and family
Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Ken. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Walt-Ernie Schmitmeyer saysJuly 21, 2022 at 10:37 am
To The Family
We share your sorrow
Pat Sextro saysJuly 25, 2022 at 9:36 am
Pat and family: Please accept my condolences on Ken’s passing. Sure had some good times at Plant 1. He was a good fellow. Pat Sextro
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