Robert Everett Bruns, Sr., 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in Harrisonburg, Va. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Thornhill Whiddon Bruns of Radford, and daughter, Alison B. Hughes of Blacksburg.
He is survived by three children, Lt. Col. (Retired) Robert E. Bruns, Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Jonathan C. Bruns of Richmond, and Jennifer B. Sowers of Harrisonburg; eight grandchildren, Roy A. Hughes, III of Radford, Ashley E. Bruns and Kaitlyn A. Bruns of Tampa, Fla., Christopher W. Hughes of Blacksburg, T. Clay Sowers and Nan M. Sowers of Harrisonburg, Sophie M. Bruns and Henry C. Bruns of Richmond; one great grandchild, Riley A. Farris-Bruns of Tampa, Fla.; two sons-in law, Thomas M. Sowers of Harrisonburg, and Roy A. Hughes, Jr. of Blacksburg; two daughters-in law, Lorraine E. Bruns of Tampa, Fla. and Blanche T. Bruns of Richmond; two brothers, Harley B. Bruns, and Richard C. Bruns of Portland, Maine.
He was born in Portland, Maine and a graduate of The University of Maine, Orono, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a World War II veteran and served in the United States Army and the Merchant Marines, but his proudest membership was being a member and elder of New Dublin Presbyterian Church of Dublin. He began his professional career as President and Owner of Dublin Garment Company in Dublin, where he worked for nearly thirty years. He and his family resided in Radford from the mid sixties until his retirement in 1991. Upon retirement, he lived on Claytor Lake for several years and remained in Virginia until his death.
He was a rare mix of poised Yankee and quintessential southern gentleman. A self-proclaimed recluse who couldn’t stand to be alone, most everyone enjoyed being around him. Known for his generosity and kindness towards others, he was quick to compliment those around him often charming his friends and family members. His relationship with God, and his family meant more to him than any accomplishment, agenda, or cause. His passion for boating and the outdoors were shared with many of his family members. His many life lessons and acute business sense will be remembered and passed down for generations.
His memory may have failed him in his final months, but he never lost his faith in God nor the love for his family. A graveside service will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, Ga. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Bruns-Whiddon Endowed Scholarship, P.O. Box 6915, Radford, Virginia 24142.
Kyger Funeral Home and Crematory in Harrisonburg, are in charge of arrangements.