Paul Bruner

Paul Harold Bruner passed from this life on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at the age of 87. In the days leading up to his death he was attended by his sons Thomas, Glenn, Carl and Daniel, his daughter Elizabeth Richardson and granddaughter Hannah, Glenn's partner Karen Lee, Paul Bruner's sister Susan Holloway, and many friends. Paul Bruner was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 7, 1925, to Mary and Carl Bruner. He graduated from Northside High School in Fort Worth and served as an officer in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific. He attended Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Austin, earning a B.A. and an M.B.A. He married Doris Holland, of Austin, Texas, in 1952, and together they raised five children. After Doris' death in 1993, he married Wanda Record of Fort Worth in 1998. Paul Bruner had a long and successful career as a businessman. He was Vice President and then President of the ten Bruner's Department Stores in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, founded by his father Carl. Subsequently he founded and served as President of Paul Bruner's, Inc., which operated men's and women's clothing stores in New Braunfels, Beeville, San Marcos, Uvalde and San Antonio. He was also an owner of Opa's Haus in New Braunfels. After his retirement from retail he was an adjunct professor of economics and business administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary's University, Our Lady of the Lake University and Incarnate Word University. He was a member of the Jefferson Church of Christ and then the Oak Hills Church of Christ for many years, where he served as a deacon and then an elder. He subsequently joined the congregation of Madison Square Presbyterian Church, and remained a member until his death. Paul Bruner was very active for many years with the Sunrise Optimist Club of San Antonio, where he served as board member and President. He was a Boy Scout leader and on the boards of Christian Village in San Antonio and Medina Children's Home. He also was very active with Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and in the gay and lesbian outreach of Madison Square Presbyterian Church. Paul Bruner was greatly loved as a mentor, friend and trusted advisor by many. He was greatly esteemed for his intelligence, inquiring mind, kindness, commitment to service and dedication to family. He is survived by his wife Wanda; his son and son-in-law Daniel Bruner and Tim Beymer of Washington, DC; his son and daughter-in-law Carl and Carmen Bruner of Mount Vernon, Washington; his son Glenn of Tucson, Arizona; his son Thomas of Portland, Oregon; his daughter Elizabeth Richardson of Kingsville, Texas; his step-daughter Jan Amini of San Antonio; his daughter-in-law Jan Amini of San Antonio; his sister and brother-in-law Susan and Henry Holloway of San Antonio; his brother-in law and sister-in-law Robert and Alice Holland of Austin; his brother-in-law Harold Snyder of San Antonio; his grandchildren Hannah Richardson of Kingsville, Texas, Phillip Bruner of Edinburgh, Scotland, Amanda Bruner of Everett, Washington, Evan Bruner of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Nicole Coleman of Shoreline, Washington, Elise Krawczyk of Anacortes, Washington, Ashley Amini of Austin, Erin Amini of Los Angeles, and Brooke Amini of Bozeman, Montana; three great-grandchildren; eleven nieces and nephews; and many friends and admirers. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law Kevin Hendrick, his sisters Margaret Snyder and Dorothy Parsons, and his brother-in-law Baylor Parsons.

NOVEMBER 18, 2012
4:00 P.M.

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Published in Express-News on Nov. 16, 2012