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Leonard J. Bruns


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Leonard J. Bruns

Oxnard, CA

Leonard J Bruns peacefully passed away at home on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 89 years of age.

Leonard was born on October 5, 1928 in Sedalia, Missouri, the fourth child to Frederick and Louise (Wallis) Bruns.

Leonard attended schools in Warrenburg, Missouri and graduated from Warrensburg Public High, where he met his future wife, Ada, in 1946. After graduating from Warrensburg High School, Leonard held several jobs but decided to join the U. S. Navy in November, 1947. While he had planned on only serving one tour, the Navy became a career for Leonard, a career that took him and his family to duty stations on the East Coast, Guam, Japan and the West Coast.

In 1951, the love of his life, Ada Johnson, arrived in San Diego and together they headed to Yuma, Arizona where they were married on March 24.

They soon started a family with oldest daughter, Candace, born in 1954, followed by Rebecca in 1955, and Robert in 1966.

Leonard retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer on May 3, 1968 and memories of being stationed at Point Mugu played into their decision to settle in Oxnard, California. Upon retirement, Leonard went to work at the Pacific Missile Test Center, Point Mugu and remained there until 1976, when he, Ada and Robbie moved to Missouri. After six months in Missouri, they decided to return to Oxnard and Leonard went to work at NSWSES, Port Hueneme where he remained until 1987. From November 1987, Leonard worked at the Naval Civil Engineering Laboratory until he retired in February 1991. In 1992, Leonard and Ada moved to Denton, Texas so Ada could care for her mother. They moved back to Oxnard in 2002.

Leonard is survived by daughters Candace Bryant (Fred) and Rebecca Alls. He leaves behind four grandchildren, Aaron Alls; Jennifer Lattermann (Jerry), Beth Bryant, and Jacqueline Riordan (Luke). He also leaves six great-grandchildren, Emma, Jacob, Myles, Abigail, Wyatt, and Josephine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ada; son, Robert; parents, Frederick and Louise; brothers, Leo and Raymond; and sister, Mary.

The family would like to thank Leonard's caregiver, Dawn, who provided exceptional care for him.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00, August 2, at Peace Lutheran Church, 71 Loma Drive, Camarillo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorial contributions to either the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, www.lcms.org, or the Angelman Syndrome Foundation at 75 Executive Drive Ste 327, Aurora, IL 60504 or www.angelman.org.
Published in Ventura County Star from July 29 to Aug. 1, 2018
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