Ronald Everett BRUNK

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BRUNK, Ronald Everett

79, passed away Nov 19, 2017 after a stroke. He is survived by his five children, Tom, Victor, Rita, Rick, and Ron; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A true patriarch, he built a family business that still supports two generations of Brunks. Born Jan. 6, 1938 in Cincinnati, OH, to Leroy and Alma Brunk, he was the youngest of six children. At a church picnic in 1956 he met the love of his life, Joyce. The two would marry in 1958, and ultimately relocate to Florida. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Intrepid, where he traveled the world and learned the tenacity and hard-working nature that would shape his life. He was a one-of-a-kind craftsman, artist, and servant, lending his skills to help anyone in need. The homes of every member of the family have at least one item lovingly made by Ron's hands. Those same hands worked magic in the garden, and his ability to coax blooms from stubborn plants was awe-inspiring. Whether passionately coaching his sons in baseball, or coaching the Lightning from his recliner, he was a devoted fan of the Rays, Magic, Lightning, Bucs, and Gators. Following the death of his wife, Joyce, and his brother, Herb, he moved in with Jean Brunk, Herb's wife. The two developed a wonderful companionship and Jean took great care of Ron over the past 15 years. He joins his wife, Joyce; brothers, Richard and Herb; and sisters, Mary and Margaret; in the loving embrace of the Lord. Service will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Dec. 2, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Suncoast Hospice.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 26, 2017
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