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Wilbur Brunger


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Wilbur Brunger Obituary
W. H. "Bill" Brunger passed away January 8, 2019. Born in Denver on April 25, 1923 to Nickolas and Anna Brunger, Bill enlisted in the Army during WWII, and after basic training remained at Ft. Belvoir as part of the Cadre training new recruits. Bill was transferred to the Army Air Corps, received ten hours of flight training and was set to solo the next morning he was informed that anyone with previous infantry training would have to ship out the next morning to the infantry. He was sent to the 75th Div. at Camp Breckinridge, KY as an infantry Platoon Sgt. On Dec. 24, 1944 he entered combat in the Battle of the Bulge. After the Battle of the Bulge, Bill was sent to Alsace-Lorraine where he fought in the American 7th Army under the French 1st Army. He was sent to Holland where his outfit relieved the British 2nd Army. After crossing the Maas River they reverted to the American 9th Army. Bill received the French Legion of Honor and five Bronze Stars. Upon coming home from WWII, Bill started a plumbing business (Arapahoe Plumbing and Heating) with his father Nickolas Brunger and his brother, Dennis later joined in the business followed by Bill's sons Bill and Larry. In 1953 Bill, friends and family bought a parcel of land in the mountains and helped each other build family cabins. This land was heaven on earth for Bill, his family and friends and a great place for Bill to get in trouble with his tractor. A Colorado native with a passion for exploration, Bill could name every mountain and supplement a personal story of climbing, hunting and other grand adventures. Survived by his wife of 39 years, Janet, preceded in death by his first wife, Esther (Daisy) Debo, brothers Robert and Dennis; one sister, Evalyn Moses Lowe; a grandson Shane VanderMeulen. Survived by children: Lawrence (Eileen); Darleen (Jim) Podracky; Melanie (Michael) Kuczynski; William (Cheryl); and Patti (Bruce) VanderMeulen; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; one surviving sister, Barbara Cevaal; and sister-in-law, Jessie Brunger; and many nieces and nephews. Please visit www.olingerandrews.com for memorial donation information.
Published in Denver Post from Jan. 13 to Jan. 16, 2019
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