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Leroy Bruning (1932-2021)

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Leroy Bruning, 89, was called to his heavenly home Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, four months to the day after losing his right leg. He struggled with it and cancer, but he had the Lord by his side all the way.

Leroy was born Jan. 29, 1932 at home on the farm in Columbia Township, Ellsworth County, Kan., the 9th child of Reinhold and Anna (Lange) Bruning. He attended Columbia School and St. Paul’s Lutheran School, graduating 8th grade.

He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he was baptized Feb. 2, 1932, and confirmed April 4, 1946, both by Rev. AH Schroeder.

Leroy was a dedicated farmer all his life. This country boy served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He married Glennys Naegele Nov. 11, 1956 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ellsworth. They just celebrated 65 years of wedded life with their family and a card shower.

This union produced six wonderful children, four girls and two boys, Cindy (Doug) Janssen, Carmen (Dale) Homeier, Connie Beougher, Wade Bruning, Daniel (Tina) Bruning, and Colleen (Rick) Sippel all of Ellsworth, except Carmen of Wilson. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Norma Clark of Lincoln, Neb. and Elsie Hunter of Ellsworth.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and spouses, Delbert (Lucille), Ralph, Floyd, Orval (Hazel), Laverna (Richard) Hunter, Elda (Benno) Warttig, and Eva (Roy) Katzenmeier; an infant sister/ son-in-law Virgil Beougher; and brothers-in-law, Wilbur Clark and Errol Hunter.

Praise the Lord for this wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and good friend.

Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at Parsons Funeral Home in Ellsworth.

Funeral service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, north Ellsworth County with burial following in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morrison House of Salina or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Home Fund, in care of Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, Kan. 67439.

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