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JOhn Brukner Obituary
John Shields Brukner , age 85, of Houston, Texas, passed away on March 29, 2013, in the Houston Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center after an extended illness. John Shields Brukner was born in Ohio, attended public school in Pennsylvania, joined the United States Navy upon graduation from high school, and was released to reserve duty by the Navy at the conclusion of World War II, whereupon he commenced attending and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Chemistry. Thereafter, he transferred from the Navy reserve to the Air Force reserve, and continued to attend Penn State to obtain his degree in chemical engineering while enrolled in Air Force ROTC. At the commencement of the Korean War, he received orders to report for active duty, and, six days after reporting, he was ordered to return to Penn State and to remain in ROTC; and completed his degree in chemical engineering and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. He was ultimately honorably discharged from the Air Force as a First Lieutenant. He then moved to Houston to be employed as a chemical engineer; and, shortly after arriving, he commenced law school at the University of Houston, where he graduated and passed the Texas Bar Exam in 1961. He remained eligible to practice law until the time of his death, although he had a propensity for performing pro bono services for friends, organizations, and clients who were unable to pay the usual fee for his services.
Although John was married on more than one occasion, he will be laid to rest with the love of his life, Margaret Ballard Brukner. He was the father of John Kenneth Brukner, William Powell Brukner, and Sonja Elise Brukner. The greatest focus of John's energy was veterans organizations. He held many offices in many organizations; however, he was most proud of having been elected Texas State Commander and Texas Judge Advocate of the American Legion, the largest veterans organization in the world. He also held state offices in the La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux and The Gavel Club of Texas. He provided legal services, without charge, to American Legion Post 560, 8th District, 2nd Division, and virtually any other veterans' organization which sought his assistance. He befriended and mentored many younger lawyers, thereby leaving a legacy of trained legal representatives in all the organizations where he served. He also won awards for articles which he wrote on veterans' issues. At the time of his death, John was a member of Garden Oaks American Legion Post 560.
There will two evenings for viewing, Thursday and Friday, April 4th and 5th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home, 1200 West 34th Street, Houston, Texas 77018, which is located at the corner of Alba and 34th, a few blocks from his beloved Post 560. The funeral will be on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at the same location. Burial will follow the funeral at Woodlawn Garden of Memories, 1101 Antoine, near Interstate Highway 10, Houston, Texas 77055-6919. The funeral and graveside service will be with full military honors. Pallbearers will include commanders and past commanders of 8th District posts of the American Legion, including Dale Mitchell, Landis Wyatt, Tony Moreno, Pat Yancey, Tony Lambert, Joey Garamillo, Al Marlowe, John Orn, Luis Martinez, Charles Ashworth, Ted Ritts and Barbara Hawkins.



Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 3, 2013
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