Dear Mrs. Bruggeman, family, friends and former students, I'm so sorry to hear this sad news and that I missed the visitation as I would've been there to say goodbye to one of my favorite former teachers.
While I was at Fairview High School from 1976-1980, Mr. Bruggeman taught French, Mythology, and Etymology. From day one of my freshman year I looked forward to being able to take Mythology, but in order to take that class you had to be a Junior. In my Sophomore year, instead of taking Spanish, I took French with Mr. B. just so I could speak with my idol Jacques Cousteau if I ever met him. In his French class, we didn't just learn proper sentence structure, accents, add pronunciation, but France's rich culture, especially the food, like French bread and Vichyssoise that all of us students madepronunciation and ate. Unfortunately, while I was taking French with Mr. B., the Mythology class was taken off the curriculum that spring. I was so sad to miss this awesome class, so I took Etymology where I learned the Greek alphabet and the origin of words. Mr. B. was one of several I remember with fond memories as he as was an amazing teacher. He knew thousands of students in 35 years, but touched the hearts of hundreds that were luckily enough to take at least one class with the man who was tall in stature but also had a gigantic heart for teaching. Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.
To those that knew, loved and cared about him, may all the memories you have bring you comfort.
News Death Notice
BRUGGEMAN, Robert "Bob" J. Beloved husband of 64 years to Jamie (nee Hawkes)Bruggeman passed away on September 26, 2015, at the age of 88. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Modesta Bruggeman and his beloved grandson, Jonathon Gregory Bruggeman. He is survived by his wife, Jamie, dear brothers Jack Bruggeman and Paul Bruggeman, treasured family friend Mikell Kloeters, and extended family and friends. He was a devoted father to Cathy (Greg) DeMarco, Greg (Felicia McNutt) Bruggeman, Steve (Elizabeth) Bruggeman, Roberta (Scott) Liddic, Jennifer (Chris) Stricker, and Mary (Harold) Mayton, cherished grandfather of Jessica (Will) Rosenbeck, Stephanie and Matt Bruggeman, Holly and Hunter Mayton, Morgan and Jake Liddic, Emma and Jack Bruggeman and Drew and Joe Stricker, and loving great-grandfather of Layla Rosenbeck. Bob served in the Army in WW II, was a public school teacher for 35 years, and worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office for 7 years. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 5 pm - 7 pm followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 7 pm, at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering, OH 45429. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Hospice of Dayton. In lieu of flowers, friends may make Memorial Contributions to: Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family at www.routsong.com.
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Published in Dayton Daily News on Sep. 28, 2015.