Buddy Lee Brunner, 84 of Three Rivers, died Monday, November 28, 2011 at his home, after a brief illness. He was born the son of Jay and Ethel (Kline) Brunner on June 7, 1927 in Flowerfield Township.
Buddy proudly served in the United States Army from 1945 – 1947 and was stationed in the South Pacific, specifically Hiroshima, Japan. He entered the Army prior to graduation from high school. In recognition of his service, Three Rivers High School awarded him his diploma in 2006. He took pride in his diploma and his family was proud of him. Buddy retired with 30 years of service from Wells Manufacturing in 1985.
On July 31, 1959, Buddy married Joanne Rogers in Three Rivers; they were married for 43 years. He and Joanne were lifelong friends and companions, and they enjoyed many activities together. Buddy had a love of local and world history, and he had a vast knowledge of both, he was contributor in the making of Jerry Wright’s Three Rivers Historical books. He also loved his life, his family, his home, the outdoors and his country and his sense of humor, integrity, and good nature will be deeply missed by all who loved him. He truly was a honorable man.
Buddy is survived by his three daughters, Laurie & Dr. Paul Stinavage of Three Rivers,
Linda Sand of Sturgis, and Lisa Pisco of Three Rivers; Grandchildren, Sheena & Chad Lucas, Aarika, Kaitlyn, Carly & Wyatt Sand, Whitney, Chelsea, Taylor & Tyler Pisco, Leighton Brunner; Step grandchildren, Maria, Kristin, Andrew and Michael Stinavage; Great Grandchildren, Jordan Pisco, Janiah Lewis Pisco, Kennedi Sand, Jeffery Nation III
Lexi Pisco and Carsyn Evans; and one brother and sister in law, Leslie & Ellen Brunner of Three Rivers, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joanne; his parents, two brothers, William and Delisle Brunner; and one sister, Wanda Roberts.
The Family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of funeral services at 3:30 p.m.on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Hohner Funeral Home, with Pastor Tim Raakman officiating.
Interment will be held in the Moorepark Cemetery, Moorepark, MI., with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170.
Memorials may be donated to the family of Buddy Brunner. Envelopes available at the funeral home.