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William “Bill” Bruhn 1934-2008

Jan 17, 2008

FENTON — William G. Bruhn, 73, died unexpectedly at his Fenton home on Tuesday Jan. 8, 2008.

Bill’s life was memorialized with a service of Christian celebration at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fenton on Saturday, Jan.12. Pastor David Schultz officiated.

Pallbearers were Paul Dietrich, Jr., Alan Dietrich, Kyle Klein, Steve Bruhn, Kevin Bruhn and Myron Bruhn.

Graveside services and interment with military honors provided by American Legion Ranney-Weisbrod Post #627 of Fenton followed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church cemetery in rural Cylinder. Arrangements were handled by Henry-Olson Funeral Homes of Fenton.

William “Bill” Bruhn was born on Nov. 23, 1934, at rural Cylinder, to Erwin and Doris (Meyer) Bruhn. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in rural Cylinder. He graduated from Cylinder High School in 1953.

Bill served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959 overseas in Western Europe.

He married Janice Wood on Sept. 3, 1961 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Whittemore. 

Prior to entering military service and again upon his return, Bill held carpentry and construction jobs in Emmetsburg and Fenton, most notably with Hantelman Building Service. He began doing business as Bruhn Builders in 1968. In 1969 he purchased the lumber yard in Fenton and operated that retail trade and general contracting business continually until retiring at the end of 1999.

Bill held various offices in his church throughout his life and enjoyed singing in the church choir. He was first elected to the Fenton City Council in 1969 and continued to serve at the time of his death. He retired from the Fenton Volunteer Fire Department in 1993 after 31 years of continual service. He was a member of the Fenton Community Club and a founding director of the Fenton Development Corporation. He was a long-time member, director, and past president of the Whittemore Golf Club.

In addition to woodworking, he enjoyed fishing, golfing and collecting, restoring, and showing his antique cars.

Bill was preceded in death by his father (1973), his mother (1993), a sister Alice Hinken (2007), and infant son, Justin (1974).

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Janice, of Fenton; three children and their spouses, Carolyn and Brett Carlson and their sons Ross and Collin of Algona; Brant and his wife Jennifer Smyser and their daughter, Mallory of Muscatine; and Galen and his wife Mary and her children Alex and Trisha Reimers, also of Muscatine; a sister and her husband, Ruth and Paul Dietrich of Emmetsburg; a brother-in-law, Richard Hinken of LeMars; several nieces and nephews and many friends.