Faylon Minch " Brunie" Brunemeier
1925 - 2014
Dr. Faylon Minch "Brunie" Brunemeier died peacefully at his home on June 28, 2014 following a long illness. He was 89 years old.
He was born on June 15, 1925, in Hubbard, Iowa, the son of Dr. Edward Herman Brunemeier and Cora Minch Brunemeier, who were medical missionaries in China on furlough in the U.S. that year. The family returned to China and remained until 1927 when they were ordered out by U.S. authorities because of increasing violence.
The family settled in Placentia in Orange County where Faylon grew up. After graduation from high school in 1943 he entered the U.S. Army Air Force aviation cadet program, where he was given the nickname "Brunie". He served as a bombardier on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress in the U.S. 8th Air Force in England, and was discharged in 1946.
Brunie graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara, and received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1955. While an intern at the University of Minnesota Hospitals he met dietetic intern Dorothy Joan Johnson of Winnipeg. They were married on July 7, 1956. After completing a three year residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Chicago Clinics, they settled in Redding in 1959 were he practiced until retiring in 1996.
Brunie pursued many interests, including reading history, gardening, hunting, and antique automobiles. He particularly enjoyed summer back packing trips with his family in the Trinity Alps, which he continued until he was 80 years of age.
Brunie was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Byron, who died in infancy, sisters Lois Henderson and Beth Brunemeier, brother Byrd, and son Mark. Surviving him are Dorothy, his wife of 58 years, son Paul (wife Kazuko), daughter Kristen Skipper (husband Tom), son John (wife Mollie), daughter in law Taciana Aguiar (Mark's widow), and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Brunemeier held offices as president of the Shasta Trinity County Medical Society, Mercy Hospital Medical Staff, and the Redding Gun Club. He had served on the Shasta County Grand Jury, and the City of Redding Planning Commission. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, the Horseless Carriage Club, and the National Rifle Association.
A memorial service will be held at St. James Lutheran Church at 3:00 o'clock on July 3, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good News Rescue Mission.
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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on July 2, 2014