Jack Arthur Bruer, 89, of Belgrade, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011. He was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Joliet, Ill., to parents, John Arthur and Viola Bruer.
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Alice Sylvia Bruer, 87, of Belgrade, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 26, 2011. She was born Sept. 29, 1923, in Helena to parents, Hermenegildé Leandré and Alma Dupuis.
While serving in the Marines, Jack met Alice who was serving in the Navy as a WAVE, in Sun Valley, Idaho. They were joined in marriage on Oct. 21, 1944. After leaving the service, they moved to Joliet, Ill., where they started their family.
In 1962, they moved to Helena, where they owned and operated the Templeton Hotel (Iron Front Hotel) for several years until Alice became the manager for the Goodyear Tire Store, and Jack served as the local Teamsters business manager. Later, Alice was transferred to the Great Falls Goodyear tire store as manager.
Upon retiring, they became snowbirds and moved to Yuma, Ariz. In September 2001, they moved back to Great Falls to be closer to family. In January 2011, due to failing health, Jack and Alice moved to Belgrade to be near their youngest daughter and family.
Both Jack and Alice were preceded in death by their infant son, William; their parents, John and Viola Bruer, and Herman and Alma Dupuis; Jack's sisters, Inez Harper, Gladys Niehus, Dorothy Nelson, Helen Sage, and Madeline Holmes; Alice's brothers, Herman and Gary Dupuis; and their son-in-law, Randy Thiede.
Jack and Alice are survived by six of their children, James Bruer of San Diego, Calif.; Nancy (John) Clark of Dumfries, Va.; Beverly (Mickey) Nelson of Helena; Dorothy Thiede of East Helena; Tom (Phyllis) Bruer of Taylor, Mich.; Mary (Steve) Miller of Belgrade; 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving them is their beloved little dachshund, Gretta.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local humane society, or to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel in Bozeman, with a reception to follow. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Fort Harrison, with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 30, 2011