Bruess, Michael R.
Michael R. Bruess, 66, Kronenwetter, died on Monday, November 18, 2013 after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Wausau on July 8, 1947 to the late John and Margaret (Christensen) Bruess. After graduation, he joined the US Air Force and served for four years as an air mechanic. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Penny Holbrook, on January 9, 1968.
Mike worked as a maintenance welder for Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill where he enjoyed swapping stories with his work buddies, retiring after 40 years on the job. He was a life-long billiards player and a member of the BCA Pool League at Mickey's. He loved spending time at his cottage and was an avid fisherman, earning him the nickname of "Musky Mike". He was a member of the Man of Honor Society and a proud veteran. He especially enjoyed his grandkids, teaching them how to fish and attending their sporting events.
Mike was a loving husband, father, grandfather and son who will be greatly missed by his wife, Penny Bruess of Kronenwetter; his son, Andy (Leah) Bruess of Mosinee; his daughter, Heather (Paul) Bartnik of Kronenwetter, and his grandchildren Kaley, Ellie and Eli Bruess and Jena and Kylie Bartnik. Mike is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret Bruess.
Special thanks for the care Mike received from the Aspirus doctors and nurses and Hospice caregivers.
Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013 at Brainard Funeral Home - Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Rev. Dan MacDonald, Highland Community Church will officiate. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 21, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and again from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service on Friday. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kronenwetter.
Condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com.
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
5712 Memorial Court Weston, WI 54476
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Nov. 20 to Nov. 29, 2013