William (Bill / Bruh) Bruhmuller III
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Mr. William (Bill / Bruh) Bruhmuller, III, of Panama City, FL, died at the age of 81 on Friday, September 23, 2016 in Atlanta, GA, with his family by his side.

Bill was born on August 10, 1935 in Malden, Massachusetts. At 17, he joined the Navy and had a remarkable career. As part of the Underwater Demolition Team (Class 13), he was one of 21 men who graduated from the original class of 156. He spent the next 8 years assigned to UDT-21 and 22 commissioned by John F. Kennedy as a Frogman. In 1958, he was selected by NASA to participate in establishing benchmark endurance standards for astronauts.

In 1962, President Kennedy commissioned 10 naval officers and 50 enlisted men, selected from the Underwater Demolition Team, to form SEAL Teams 1 and 2; Bill served as part of SEAL Team 2. Considered a Plankowner, Bill and his teammates are the unsung heroes of those turbulent years and held in high esteem among those who fought alongside them. As part of that elite group, he had tours in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. Bill also had a temporary assignment in the CIA where he supervised missions in Cuba. He will also be remembered for being the first SEAL dog handler in the history of the Teams. Bill retired in 1978 as a Master Chief with 2 purple hearts.


He is survived by his wife, Bette Bruhmuller; children, Howard Everton (Nancy), Donnie Everton (Michelle), Mark Bruhmuller (Laura), Will Bruhmuller (Jessica), Brian Bruhmuller (Cynthia) and Brandi McFaul (Marty) along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Southerland Funeral Home Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted at www.southerlandfamily.com.

Southerland Family
Funeral Homes
100 E. 19th St.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
850-785-8532
Published in Panama City News Herald from Sep. 28 to Sep. 29, 2016.
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27 entries
March 10, 2019
Dear Bette and Family:
Permanently opening his Guest Book is just a small token of the high esteem that Bruh should be held in. I have known a lot of warriors and a few heroes. Bruh is a National hero.

Though probably the one thing that I always thought was the best of Bruh was when I was staying in Jack's room (that later became Rudy's room..... LOL.... at your home and Bruh and I decided we were going to make halupkies for the family dinner that night. He and I coordinated the recipe with my wife Vivian and I must say the Polish dinner turned out ok..... But my real pleasure was observing how Bruh interacted with the family and the love he showed for you Bette, his children and his grandchildren.

Bette, with that I'll close and God bless you, your children and grandchildren.

The Book should never be closed on a true hero.

Sincerely,

Vivian and Jack Paulikonis
Vivian and Jack Paulikonis
March 2, 2017
Dear Betty so sorry to hear about bills death tried to reach you. Claire Hastings
October 7, 2016
Honored to serve with him for 20 years and have been friends for 59. He was the Best of the best who always had my back! Bruh saved my life in the Artic. You are loved and will be missed - God speed! Joe and Jo
Joe Heinlein
October 7, 2016
I first met Bill in 1988 when we worked together at U.S. Divers company. Bill's work ethics and guidance set a new standard at the company for the Military Sales Division. Through the years until his retirement from the company, he was an invaluable asset to our company and respected by all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dave and Tami Stancil
Lake Forest, CA
October 7, 2016
Dear Bette and family
I had the pleasure of knowing Bill for many years while working with him at U.S. Divers. Bill's work ethics and guidance was an inspiration to all of us at the company. We were saddened to hear of his passing and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Dave and Tami Stancil
Lake Forest, California
October 6, 2016
Dear Bette and Family,
I first met Bill in 1974 when he visited the Navy Lab on a SEAL project I was working on. He was a creative guy, always providing helpful input, and what a contagious smile. I learned a lot from him and believe his example will live on in the lives of others that he touched.
God Bless You All,
Wayne & Ruthie McClain
Wayne McClain
October 3, 2016
Betty, and all the children. Bruh was one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to know. A real American Hero. God Speed Warrior,

Doug and Kathleen Brogdon
October 2, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with The Bruhmuller Family, we will always remember his can do attitude and good humor. Rest in Peace.
Rene P Merced
Friend
October 2, 2016
Condolences to the Bruhmuller family.
October 1, 2016
So sorry to hear of the loss of Bill Bruhmuller. He was a great American and Navy hero. May God Bless You during this most difficult time.
Michael H. Sarra
September 30, 2016
Jack and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. We have many fond memories of times spent with him. Bette, I hope you find comfort in knowing that you and your family have the love and support of all who knew him. Karen Ringelberg
September 30, 2016
Fair Winds and Following Seas.....Rest in Peace.....
Jim Allgeier
September 30, 2016
Rick Brown
September 30, 2016
My heartfelt condolences to the Bruhmuller family. Always cherish the memories that you have of Bill and remember that God is always there for us like it tells us at 1Peter 5:6,7. I hope you continue to feel the love and support from your family and friends.
Bob
September 30, 2016
HOOYA
Rick Brown
September 30, 2016
So sorry to hear this. Would love it when Bill would stop in at Triton Services, Inc. to visit with us. Always had a smile on his face. Praying for the family.
Marcia Gulledge
September 30, 2016
"Fair winds and following seas" on your final voyage. HOOYA Bruh!!!!
Rick Brown
September 29, 2016
Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a great man and true American hero.
Loyd Shaffer
September 29, 2016
I was shocked at first when I heard that Bill had passed. Then, after thinking about it for a bit, I realized that Bear will live on forever in the hearts and minds of not only his family, but all of us who he mentored, trained and befriended. Fair winds and following seas my friend.
Michael (Doc) Johnson
September 29, 2016
Bill worked with us @ MST for several years and he was a creative guy, always pitched in, and just plain fun to be with. Although we didn't serve together in VN I sure would have liked to been able to have both him, and his puppy, with us in bush! Since moving to St Andrews 10 years ago Mary and I would occasionally be fortunate enough to see him and Bette at the SA Coffee Shop and be greeted with his big ** smile, bear hug, and a booming HOW THE HELL ARE YOU?
Bill, you were a first class veteran, raised a great family who will miss you terribly, and I am going to really miss you as well! Heart felt condolences to Bette and the rest of the family!
John Darrah
September 29, 2016
My condolences to the Bruhmiller family, Bill was a friend, as is Mark.
Ray hitchell
September 29, 2016
It was a sad day when I read that Bill had passed away we were suppose to meet up next weekend when I come to town, Bill and I have been friends for a long time. I will be on the road Friday but my prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family. A sad day by all. RIP Bill.
Whitey
September 28, 2016
Dear Bette & Family, You have lost your best friend, father and partner in life! We have all lost so much with the passing of our very dear friend, co-worker at US Divers, and partner in crime our dear, warm, loving, full of fun, Bill!
Walt & Valerie Hornberger
September 28, 2016
Our hearts are saddened and our thoughts are with you and your family. Bill was a wonderful man of honor and integrity and loved Bette and family with a deep and endearing love.
John Billiot
Friend
September 28, 2016
It was with great sadness I heard of the passing of my friend and mentor Bill, what was an Army Special Forces guy doing with a SEAL as a mentor, learning everything he could. Over the years bill and I became great friends we knew everything each other's family was doing, visited when we could and kept in touch when we couldn't. We must have saved the world at least 100 times together, but then we paid the bill and looked forward to the next time we could break bread. Miss Betty, thank you for putting up with our ideas and always being at Bills side. I love this man
Eric Heid
Friend
September 27, 2016
Dear Bette and family. So sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I always enjoyed the times we spent together at the Seal Team Christmas parties. He will be missed.
Nancy Wilson
Friend
September 27, 2016
I had the privilege of serving on the UDT SEAL Museum board with Bill, which reunited us, after having been on the Teams at the same time in Little Creek during the early '60's. He was a good friend and I will miss him as a great guy and as a valuable contributor to the Museum.
Dave Watts
Served In The Military Together
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