CPO Robert R. Brunner, USN Ret.
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Norfolk - CPO Robert R. Brunner USN Ret. also known as "DOC" passed away peacefully on November 7, 2013. He was born in Hamburg Germany on March 18, 1922. He is the son of the late Robert T. and Margaret Brunner. Besides his parents he is predeceased by his loving wife Rose M. Brunner; sister, Margaret Toth and his first wife Marion L. Brunner. He was a Catholic by faith.
He is survived by his 5 children, Judith L. Wilder (Alvah), Robert R. Brunner Jr. (Deborah), Edward J. Brunner, Carl Brunner, and Michael J. Brunner (Larke); 7 grandchildren, Renea Wilder Gaucher, Jeffery Wilder, Jennifer Brunner Simon, Susan Hemenway, Stephen Hemenway, Victoria Brunner, and Carl M. Brunner; 9 great-grandchildren and Rose's children, Billy Stell (Carol), Lois Tesmer, and Marlyn Keese (Don)
Our dad retired as a Chief Hospital Corpsman from the US Navy after 20 years of Service in 1960. After enlisting at the age of 17, he received training as a hospital corpsman and was assigned to the Mobile Hospital #2 at Pearl Harbor 2 weeks before it was attacked on December 7, 1941. "Doc" was proud to have been a member of the medical team efforts that treated the injured, wounded and burned at Pearl Harbor. He spent the war years in the Pacifica Theater. During his military career, he served on the USS Tuscaloosa, USS LSMR 515 and 516, USS Beetegeuse, and the USS Boston. He also served at the Boone Clinic Little Creek.
Our father retired from the City of Norfolk with 21 years of dedicated service and had worked as a School Custodian at James Madison Elementary School, a Medical Corpsman at St. Brides Prison Farm and a Senior Storekeeper at Lake Taylor City Hospital. He was a life member of the VFW Post 4809 and held the following offices: Post Quartermaster (1985-1989), Post Commander (1965-1966 and 1981-1982), and served as District Commander. He was also a Member of the Military Order of the Cooties.
Under his leadership, VFW Post 4809 was one of the first civic organizations which recognized the outstanding Norfolk Policeman of the year. This award was subsequently increased to include the outstanding Fireman and Teachers. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association Chapter 2 and contributed to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Park at Little Creek. He would march in the St. Patrick's Day and Veterans Day parade until he could no longer walk the route.
During his retirement years, Dad became a precinct voting captain of the City of Norfolk. Up until the end, he felt it was his civic duty to cast his vote in National, State and Local Elections. He had been a member of the Fairlawn Civic League where he collected dues, passed out literature, and walked his neighborhood to on alert for crime and suspicious person.
Dad had pleasure gardening, rooting for the NY Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys ever since they drafted Roger Staubacl as quarterback and watching PGA tournaments.
The family sincerely appreciated all the care that was given to our father by the staff of Leigh Hall Assisted Living Facility and Interim Hospice Care. Also special thanks to Christina Holloway for the care she provided and to Roxanna Davis for her faithful visits over the years.
A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be held at Colonial Grove Memorial Park with Full Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 4809 in honor of our father. Online condolences may be offered at www.altmeyer.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 9, 2013