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Richard R. Bruns Sr.

June 24, 1938 — April 3, 2021

Services for Richard R. Bruns Sr., age 82, of Paullina who passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen. His funeral service will be 10:30 A.M. on Friday, April 9, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in Germantown with Rev. Donald Erickson ~ officiating.
Burial will be at Prairie View Cemetery in Paullina.
Visitation with family present will be from 5 - 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.
Masks are recommended at the visitation and funeral service.


June 24, 1938
Granville, Iowa

April 3, 2021
Remsen, Iowa

10:30 A.M. Friday, April 9, 2021
St. John Lutheran Church; Germantown, Iowa
Rev. Donald Erickson ~ Officiating

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Flute solo by Tricia Morenz

“Lift High The Cross”
“How Great Thou Art”
“Amazing Grace”
Organist: Jolene Erickson

B.J. Bruns Chris Rabel
Nicole Manning Josh Breitbarth
McCormick Morenz Isaac Rickers

Prairie View Cemetery
Paullina, Iowa

After the graveside service relatives and friends
are invited to join the family in the
Germantown Community Building.

Arrangements under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home Paullina, Iowa
Richard Raymond Bruns Sr., the son of Charles Sr. and Lena (Stroman) Bruns was born on June 24, 1938 in Granville, Iowa. He received his education from Baker Township No. 8 Country School. After the 8th grade he worked on the family farm in Granville. At the age of 19 he was united in marriage to Bernadine Heithus in Germantown, Iowa on January 24, 1958-1988. To this union, seven children were born. Together they moved to the Larson Farm in Paullina, Iowa where he worked as a hired farm hand and then began farming on his own in 1960. Richard was married to Joan Reimers on August 19, 1990 at St. John’s in Germantown. Together they started out living in Boyden, Iowa then moved to the Brockman Farm in Paullina shortly after. He farmed, custom baled and raised livestock for over 45 years in the Granville and Paullina areas. After the passing of Joan, he moved to the city of Paullina. He retired as a metal fabricator in 2017 from Den Hartog Industries Inc. in Hospers, Iowa after working there for 20 years. He passed away Saturday April 3, 2021 peacefully with family present at the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen, Iowa reaching the age of 82 years 9 months and 9 days.
He was baptized at American Lutheran Church in Remsen, Iowa as an infant and later confirmed on September 5, 1958 at St. John Lutheran Church in Germantown where he remained a life-long member and served as a St. John’s school board member, PTL, Couples Club, grave digger and involved in many other church activities.
He enjoyed his gambling, his snow-mobiling and his John Deere green. He would regularly play schafkopf at the Hawkeye, J & D Tavern and at Lloyd’s of Germantown. Richard especially loved spending time with his family and friends while out camping at the lake or at barbeque get-togethers in his “squeaky clean” garage.
Richard is survived by his first wife, Bernadine Timmerman of Paullina, Iowa; children, daughter-in-law, Mary Bruns (wife of Bernie) of Paullina, Iowa; Cindy (Kenny) Rabel of Matthews, North Carolina; Randy (Liz) Bruns of Sheldon, Iowa; Lori (Brian) Breitbarth of Hilo, Hawaii; Richard Bruns Jr. of Paullina, Iowa; Tricia (special friend, Chris Haht) Morenz of Storm Lake, Iowa; Gerry (Jodi) Rickers of Mason City, Iowa; brothers Charles Jr. (Evelyn) Bruns of Primghar, Iowa; Denny Bruns of Alton, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and also many, many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by son, Bernie Bruns; grandchildren, Megan and Jeremy Rabel and Aiyana Rickers; wife, Joan Bruns; parents, Charles Sr. and Lena Bruns; siblings, Leo (RuthAnn) Bruns, Clara (Burnell) Koehlmoos, Ralph (Betty Lois) Bruns, Betty Lou (Vernell Hoermann, Darrell) Brotherton; and sister-in-law Janet Bruns (Denny).
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, April 8, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Eldridge Family Funeral Home - Paullina

217 East Logan Street , Paullina, IA 51046

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Friday, April 9, 2021

10:30 - 11:15 am (Central time)

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