Marvin 'Elroy' Bruington

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Marvin "Elroy" Bruington, age 87 of Brandenburg, KY, went to be with his Father on April 1, 2013. Elroy was surrounded by his family at Harrison County Hospital when he passed away. Elroy was born August 30, 1925 in Harned, KY to the late Marvin and Lora Wilson Bruington. He was raised in Irvington and Brandenburg, KY. He assisted his father at Bruington Service Station and began working for Sturgeon Funeral Home at 16. He was a graduate of Meade County High School and also attended Kentucky Wesleyan College. At age 17 he joined the Navy as a corpsman and was a WWII/Korean Veteran. When he returned he married Bettyruth Frymire. While raising three children he was a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was a faithful member of Brandenburg United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir for over fifty years. Elroy was a volunteer firefighter for over thirty years serving in both Brandenburg and Payneville. He was Fire Chief of the Brandenburg VFD for twenty years. One of the founding members of the Dixie Firemen's Association, he also was a trainer for DFA and numerous fire departments. Elroy was a mentor and trainer of numerous young men and women in various volunteer fire departments in Meade County, always emphasizing safety, knowledge, and proper equipment in firefighting. After retiring from the USPS, Elroy joined his son John at Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home. He remained a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer from 1953 until his death. He loved working there and had a compassionate heart that ministered to many families. Elroy and Bettyruth's home was destroyed in the 1974 tornado they lost almost everything they owned including his beloved Cessna 140 airplane. They later rebuilt their home on the same property and replaced the airplane with a Cessna 170. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Evelyn Jones Bruington Moremen, brother-in-law Willis Green Moremen.
He is survived by: his beloved wife of 62 years, Bettyruth Frymire Bruington; children, Michael (Jackie) Bruington and John (Debbie) Bruington of Brandenburg, and Nancy (Ron) Cheak of Shelbyville, KY; grandchildren, Ginny (Ryan) Kelley, Jonathan Bruington, Kenny (Kelly) Bruington, Betsy Bruington, Benjamin (Courtney) Mohler, Daniel (Jessica) Mohler, Jennifer (Michael) Mudd, Jessie Cheak; great-aunt Nancy Bruington; cousins, Charles Bruington, Emily Bruington; niece and nephew, David (Pat) Moremen, Lee Ann (Dave) Toy; grand-niece Erica Cook; special extended family, Maryse and Tabitha Parrish, Vivian Johnston, Grady Johnston, Valli Johnston, family of Kathy Packard, Rick Neafus, Stefan Shelley, many others loved and mentored by Elroy over the years; devoted caregivers, Jamie Tillitt, Stacy Trent, Valli Johnston, Kenda Brown.
Funeral Service will be held at the Brandenburg United Methodist Church, Friday April 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.EDT, with burial to follow in Eastlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home, Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 2-8:00 P.M. EDT and Friday, at the Brandenburg United Methodist Church after 10:00 A.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to: Brandenburg United Methodist Church Building Fund, 215 Broadway, Brandenburg, KY 40108; Payneville Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 11, Payneville, KY 40157; or Wolf Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 180 Little Bend Road, Battletown, KY 40104. Online condolences may be left at
Published in The Sentinel-News from Apr. 11 to Apr. 18, 2013
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