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Ralph R. Bruns

Ralph R. Bruns, 62, of Grand Island, died unexpectedly Thursday, June 23, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island. The Rev. Jack Gillam will officiate. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery at Worms. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Bruns was born on April 25, 1949, at Palmer, the son of Harvey W. and Merle G. (Kaiser) Bruns. He was united in marriage to Kay L. Nelson on August 26, 1973, at St. Paul. He is survived by his wife, Kay L. Bruns of Grand Island; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Rachel Bruns of Grand Island; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Travis Clausen of Baxter, Iowa and Kayla and Chad Sheffield of Grand Island; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Mary Bruns of Grand Island and Don and Cheryl Bruns of Littleton, CO; and one sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Bob Sodemann of New Berlin, Wisc. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Cydra and Levi Bruns, Colton Clausen, and Caden and Chase Sheffield; and his mother-in-law, Florence Nelson of Grand Island. Ralph grew up in the Archer area and attended Zion Lutheran Parochial School at Worms through the 8th grade and then graduated from Central City High School in 1967. He then attended Milford Technical School where he studied auto mechanics. He then worked for Seim Well Drilling of Chapman for several years before he began his employment with Petersen Farms of Grand Island, where he worked for almost 40 years. He and Kay lived in Grand Island their entire married life. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Grand Island. Ralph always had a smile and was a friend to everyone. He always said his two greatest loves were his family and Petersen Farms. He lived for his family, especially his grandchildren and farming was truly his life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Merle Bruns; and his father-in-law, Delven Nelson. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran or Zion Lutheran Churches.

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It's hard to believe it's been two years without Ralph, Life goes on but it's not the same without our best friend, for 40 years he was like my brother,,,

Doug Petersen Jun 24 2013 12:00 AM

Please except all of our sympathy, Ralph was a very caring person, he will be missed by many. I think of you often Kay,I remember your young days with Ralph. He was a winner then too!!Keep all of your wonderful memories in you heart and he will be with you everyday. John and Kaye Tomlinson

Kaye Tomlinson Jul 26 2011 12:00 AM

Ralph will be remembered as a loving and caring person. He always had a smile on his face and a way to tease in a friendly way. May he RIP and may the family find peace and comfort during these challenging times.

carolyn reimers Jul 10 2011 12:00 AM

Kay and family, You have my deepest sympathies on the death of your husband, Ralph. It leaves my heart feeling very heavy. We were the best of friends in high school and I regret that I never kept in touch with him and his family. So sorry for your lose. Larry Rutherford

Larry B. Rutherford Jul 10 2011 12:00 AM

Sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Duane and Lisa Bierbaum Jun 30 2011 12:00 AM

What an honor to be a co-Grandpa with "Papa Ralph". He was a very special guy. He had a personality of making everyone feel comfortable around him and could communicate to kids and adults of all ages. I will never forget him laughing.....which we will hear again at the gates of heaven. Papa Al

Al Sheffield Jun 28 2011 12:00 AM

Kayla words cannot express how truly sorry I am at your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless and keep you all. Let us know if you need anything.

Larry Garnett Jun 28 2011 12:00 AM

Kay and Family--Kay..I just learned of Ralphs passing last evening around 10 pm..I still can't believe it. Larry is out of town working and will be back next week, so we plan on seeing you then. I called him this morning with the sad news. I know they had lots of great times together working at Seims. Years have passed, but nothing has changed...you all are dear friends and the loss of Ralph will tear a hole in all our hearts. Know our prayers are with you all at this sad,sad time. Friends always, Larry and Faye

Larry and Faye Zmek Jun 28 2011 12:00 AM

Ralph, I hope they have chocolate ice-cream up there, and please save some for me. I'll miss you buddy. May God blees your eternal soal.

Mike Houser Jun 28 2011 12:00 AM

Leland and Wanda Gangwish Jun 28 2011 12:00 AM

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