BRUNSMAN, WILLIAM J., "BILL," 93, of Louisville passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Meadowview Health & Rehab with his family by his side.
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He was a lifetime member of the PGA, served as Assistant Golf Pro at Hyde Park C.C. in Cincinnati from 1958 to 1965, then served as Head Golf Pro at Owl Creek Country Club from 1965 to 1985, when he retired. In the 60's and 70's he was instrumental in the development and promoting of the Ladies Amateur Bartlett Golf Tournament.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, a 2nd lieutenant in World War II, serving from April 1941 to August of 1945 in Panama, Africa and Europe in the 82nd Airborne 505th PIR. He fought in five Theaters of campaign, Sicily, Naples Foggia, Normandy, Ardennes and Rhineland. He was also awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in action, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster, four Jump Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead on his European Theater Ribbon. He went across North Africa and jumped into Sicily, Salerno and Normandy. When he jumped at about 2 a.m. and liberated the first town in France, St. Mere Englise, while fighting through the hedgerows, his leg was badly wounded. After recovering he jumped at the Nijmegen Bridge in Holland. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was wounded in the foot while taking out German Pillboxes and was awarded the Silver Star.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Emma Jean Hall Brunsman.
William is survived by his children, Greg Brunsman (Denise), Gary Brunsman and Gina Milliner (Fred); and grandchildren, Trevor and Kelsey Milliner.
His funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Pearson Ratterman Brothers Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, with burial in Floydsburg Cemetery to follow. Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family thanks everyone at the VA Hospital and Meadowview for their excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be given to the Leukemia Foundation.
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Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 7, 2012