Loyal P. Brusse, 91, of Harmony, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center.
Loyal was born Oct. 20, 1922, in rural Preston, the son of William and Grace (Berning) Brusse. He attended Big Spring country school. He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
in the Pacific Theatre. Loyal married Bernice Finke July 24, 1947, in Cherry Grove, where the couple made their home until 1958 when they moved to Harmony. They were the last owners and operators of the Harmony Hotel. Loyal drove school bus in the Wykoff and Harmony school districts for 32 years, and was the bus mechanic for Harmony schools for 26 years. He was a resident of Heritage Grove in Harmony and then became a resident of Harmony Healthcare in January 2012. Bernice died Dec. 20, 2009.
He was a member of the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church, the Preston VFW
, and the Harmony American Legion. Over the years Loyal enjoyed woodworking, remodeling, and doing crossword puzzles.
Loyal is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Eddie Whalen) Frank of Canton and Debra (Terry) Hanson of Blaine; two granddaughters, Elaine (Jeff) Goettel and Blair Hanson; and four great-grandchildren, Patrick Frank and Aislinn, Gabriel and Eireann Goettel.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice; two brothers, Calvin and Russell; and a sister, Erna McCoy.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church, with lay minister Allen Hanson officiating. Burial with military graveside rites will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church Monday, Dec. 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Tuesday an hour before the funeral service.
The family prefers memorials be given to the Cherry Grove Cemetery.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made on thauwaldfuneralhomes.com