Brunkhorst, Robert Benson "Bob" Patient and loving husband, father and grandfather, Bob Brunkhorst passed away peacefully on November 11, 2013. He was born on July 6, 1922 in Joplin, MO, the eldest son of Otto W Brunkhorst and Mary A Grannemann. At age 2, Bob moved with his parents to Sedalia, MO, where he completed elementary school. In 1936, he moved to San Antonio, TX, where he graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1940. As a student at Brackenridge, Bob developed a love for music and joined the marching band. He was also a member of the French horn quartet. In September of 1941, he entered Texas A & M University, Class of 1945. As a member of the enlisted reserve corps, Bob was called to active duty on March 24, 1943. After completing basic training and officer candidate school, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps. During World War II, he served in the European theatre in France, Germany and Austria. He later returned to many of these countries on more pleasurable journeys with his wife Marilyn, after retirement. After the war, Bob returned to Texas A & M and graduated with an electrical engineering degree in 1948. In that same year, Bob began his career with Southwestern Bell as a junior engineer. He was recalled to active duty in the Korean Campaign from 1950 to 1952. He returned to his engineering career with Southwestern Bell and married Marilyn Bruyere in 1957. In 1958, Bob was transferred to AT & T in New York and he and Marilyn moved to New Jersey. Bob and Marilyn greatly enjoyed their time on the east coast and took full advantage of the cultural opportunities. They returned to Texas in 1963, and Bob retired from AT&T in 1985 as District Manger in the Central Office of Engineering. True to the Aggie Spirit, Bob watched every A & M football game whenever and wherever possible. He was also an avid tennis fan and played until he was 75 years old. During his recent decline, he maintained his strong Christian faith and occasionally surprised his loved ones with his sense of humor. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Brunkhorst, brother, William Brunkhorst, daughter, Sharon Kunau, son, Robert Brunkhorst, Jr, son-in-law, Tom Kunau, daughter-in-law, Joanie Brunkhorst and grandsons, Eric Kunau, James Kunau, Robert Brunkhorst, III and Lowen Brunkhorst. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7611 Park Lane, Dallas, Texas. www.orlcs.com In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 13, 2013