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William Henry "Hank" Bruninga

Brentwood, TN

William Henry "Hank" Bruninga, died peacefully February 7, surrounded by his children. He was 86.

He is survived by children, John (Olivia), Steve, Susie (Carol) and Kathy Galvin (Jim); grandchildren, John Bruninga Jr., Jamie and Jenna Galvin, Cassidy Bruninga and Dominique and Demetrius Mitchell. His wife of 55 years, Beverly, died in 2008.

A long-time resident of Nashville, Hank spent his retirement volunteering for a number of organizations, including This 'n That Thrift Shop, which benefits St. Luke's Community Center; reading for the blind at WPLN's Talking Library; and Room at the Inn, a service organization for homeless people. He and Beverly were active in the Episcopal Church and helped found Church of the Resurrection in Williamson County.

Hank was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, the son of William J. and Helen (Loucks). His sister Ann preceded him in death. After high school, Hank joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in Guam near the end of World War II. He attended college on the GI Bill and graduated with degrees in business from the University of Illinois and Depauw University. He began his professional career in Miami where he met Beverly on a blind date. They were married in 1952. The family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Hank and Beverly opened the first Burger King franchise. They moved to Nashville in 1968 where Hank went to work at Minnie Pearl Fried Chicken. His career also included executive positions with Shoney's Inc. and various other companies in Nashville. He eventually bought and operated Countryside Hardware store in Williamson County until his retirement.

Hank and Beverly were avid travelers and had visited all 50 states as well as many countries. Hank was a car buff and enjoyed restoring old cars. He was a voracious reader and relished anything to do with World War II. He was a veritable encyclopedia of mid-20th century history and music. George Gershwin was his favorite composer and he loved listening to big band music.

Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Church of the Resurrection, 1216 Sneed Rd., Franklin, TN with visitation at 10 a.m.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Luke's Community Center or the .


Published in The Tennessean from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014
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