Joe Calvin Brueck, Jr.
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December 11, 1936-January 14, 2014
With his family by his side, Joe Calvin Brueck, Jr. broke free from the chains of Alzheimer's disease on January 14, 2014 and passed away peacefully to join his mother, father and sister in heaven. The struggle is now over, "well done thy good and faithful servant.... enter into my kingdom".
Many lessons could be learned from Joe's life. He taught his children and grandchildren the value of hard work and finishing what you start. The importance of being a loyal friend and making life "light" with a sense of humor. Throughout his illness, he remained a father- figure and loving husband showing his love and concern for others. He was always an encouragement and people pleaser with his caring, sweet and gentle spirit.
Joe Brueck grew up in Brookhaven, Mississippi a dedicated and devoted brother to his three sisters, good son to his mother and father, apple of his mother's eye, pride of his father and a delight to his two grandmothers.
Joe had many great accomplishments in his life. His love of sports began at an early age. He was a star, four sport athlete while in high school. By the time he reached 7th grade, he was playing for the varsity football team and starting quarterback by the time he reached his freshman year. He was named to the National High School All American Football team, selected MVP of his high school football team and in 2002 was inducted into the All-American football foundation for the Bill Wade Unsung Hero Award. He also set a record in track while at the University of Kentucky for the SEC javelin throw, a record he held for many years. He received a scholarship to play QB for the University of Kentucky where he met the love of his life, Lois Ann Brueck, who became his wife of 55 years. While at UK he played under known coaches Blanton Collier, Don Shula, Ermal Allen, Matt Blair, Bill Arnsparger, John North and Charlie Bradshaw. The accolades he received from his athletic accomplishments created inspiration for both his children and grandchildren.
His most prized possessions were his wife, children and grandchildren, who affectionately called him Papa. Some of his favorite times were when his family gathered for birthday dinners, annual beach trips or watching his grandchildren perform at their athletic venues and events. He took pride in helping Sanderson High School start their athletic booster club, as well as volunteer coaching at the high school and youth levels.
Joe had a love for all people but a special gift with children. Upon graduation from the University of Kentucky, he taught high school and coached for four years at Daviess County High School in Owensboro, Kentucky and two years at Pascagoula High School in Mississippi before starting his own successful business, Duraw Manufacturing Inc. with facilities in both Raleigh, North Carolina and McComb, Mississippi which he operated until the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Brueck is survived by his loving wife, Lois Ann Brueck, son, Joe Brueck III and wife Gigi and their children Joe IV (fiancée Caroline), Elizabeth, Ginny and Bo. Daughter, Kim Brueck Williams and husband Jackie and their children Jackson, Lauren, Carson and his wife Amanda. Son, Tim Brueck and his daughters Tabitha Pace and husband Brian, Nikki and Bridgette. Daughter, Cynthia Brueck Lewis and her husband Bobby and their children Ali and Garrett. Son, John Brueck and his wife Colleen and their children Kayleigh and John II. Great granddaughter Peyton, daughter of Joe Brueck IV. He is also survived by sisters JoAnn Waltman and her husband Herchell, Barbara Bethshares and her husband Jim and brothers in law Joe Johnson II and wife Mary Ellen and Michael Johnson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His dog and constant companion, Rock, saw him through until the end.
The family would like to thank the staff at Longleaf Neuro-Medical Center of Wilson, Heartland Hospice services and Homewatch Caregivers for such wonderful care during Joe's illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the local Wake county chapter of
@ alz.org 1-800-272-3900. A celebration of and thanksgiving for Mr. Brueck's life will take place at Lifepointe Church, 9500 Durant Road in Raleigh, on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 pm followed by a visitation with the family.
Published in The News & Observer on Jan. 16, 2014