Donald Bruner (1939 - 2013)

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Donald A. Bruner
Tell City, Ind.
Donald A. Bruner, 74, of Tell City, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013, at Perry County Memorial Hospital.
Don was born on October 4, 1939, in Perry County, Indiana, son of the late Stanley L. Bruner and Beulah M. (Popham) Bruner. He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Hazel (Heck) Bruner.
From high school, Don joined the United States Marine Corps, where he traveled the world doing amphibious warfare training. He was honorable discharged on October 4, 1959. He returned home to marry the former Carolyn Beard on June 9, 1962, and began his work at Tell City Chair Company. He attended Evansville College and trained there as an industrial engineer. Later he worked as production manager of Swiss plywood Corporation and later at Martin Marietta Corporation as a shift supervisor. He retired in 2001 from Commonwealth Aluminum in Kentucky. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and dual member of the Tell City Masonic Lodge #623 and Hawesville Masonic Lodge.
Don was involved in many local organizations including Schweitzer Fest Committee, Easter Seals, Junior Achievement and United Way. He was a member of the United Methodist Church. For several years Don battled Leukemia, Guillain Barre Syndrome, asthma, COPD and most recently lung cancer.
Don is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn J. (Beard); his two sons, Brian Allen Bruner (Tammy), of Tell City, Matthew J. Bruner (Mary), of Owensboro, Ky.; three grandchildren, Sydney, Alexander and Seth Bruner; a half-sister, Betty L. Dillingham (Rick), of Boonville, Indiana; a niece, Abby Scales (Jeremy) and their three daughters of Bettendorf, Iowa. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jane Reed (Ray) and brother-in-law, William Beard, both of Cannelton.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2013, at Huber Funeral Home, 1139 12th Street, Tell City, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery where the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military graveside rites. Pastor Lee Shepherd will officiate. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 until 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Masonic Lodge memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Tell City Masonic Lodge.
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Huber Funeral Home
1139 Twelfth Street
Tell City, IN 47586
(812) 547-2251
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Published in Courier Press on Dec. 28, 2013
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