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Michael "Mike" Bruns

May 25, 1954 - February 15, 2021

Visitation

February 26, 2021
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home

Prayer Service

February 26, 2021
- 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home

Visitation

February 27, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 PM

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

February 27, 2021
- 2:00 PM

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Arrangements

Boulger Funeral Home

Michael "Mike" Bruns

May 25, 1954 - February 15, 2021

Obituary

Michael’s prayer service and funeral service will be livestreamed below starting at 7:00 PM Friday, February 26, 20201 and 2:00 PM Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Michael “Mike” E. Bruns, age 66, of Fargo, ND passed on peacefully Monday, February 15th 2021, at Sanford Health Hospital due to complications from a past racing accident in 2016.

Mike was born May 25, 1954, in Moorhead, MN, to his biological father Ernie Cossette and Victoria (Schnoor) Bruns. Vickie married Ray Bruns when Mike was three. In 1971 Mike changed his last name to Bruns, to honor Ray. He attended Fargo South High School and started racing in 1971 in his hobby stock. In 1975 he started racing a latemodel and in 1989 he switched to an A mod. Mike started racing both his late model and A mod in the early 2000’s. Mike had an amazing racing career of 42 plus years. His racing career ended July 15th 2016 due to a racing accident at I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, MN Mike owned/operated Mike Bruns Radiator and Muffler.

Mike married Debbie (Richard) on April 2, 1994, in Fargo, ND. The couple lived in Fargo for their entire married life of 26 years and had 5 children and 9 grandchildren.

Mike got his nickname the “Flyin 42” in 1976 when he flew off the third corner at the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, MN. Mike flew 12 feet into Nodland Construction building. It was marked the worst wreck in the 12-year history at the Viking Speedway. He was on the board of Minn-Kota Racing Association. In the early 90’s he set the track record of 19 seconds in his A mod on the half mile at the Red River Valley Speedway. In October 2016, Mike was inducted into the Lisbon Championship Racing Hall of Fame.

Mike is survived by his wife, Debbie Bruns, Frontier, ND; children, Stephanie (Donny) Hussey, Michael Jr. (Tracey) Bruns, Jessica (Shawn) Halverson, Shane (Tayler) Bruns, Amy (William) Hagman; 9 grandchildren; mother, Victoria Bruns; siblings, Debbrah Olson, Melody (Kirk) Matheson, John Bruns, Victoria (Philip) Maenza, Richard Bruns and Vanessa Wedell, Robert (Angie) Bruns, and Timothy Bruns.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raphael Bruns.

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23 responses to “Michael “Mike” Bruns”

  1. Dan Quiggle says:

    Sorry to hear of this! We used to get together on Saturdays at Rick’s Bar & Grill for the Free chili and grab A beer an lunch! Great conversations at our table. We will miss you! You can now rest in peace! My deepest condolences to the Family.

  2. mike hoaby says:

    God speed Mike.

  3. Jason Storseth says:

    Mike u will be missed…. It was good when I came in to see u every time and we had nice conversations I will really miss that… keep on flyin 42… .. Rip…

  4. MariBeth Reitmeier says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My sympathies to you all Fly high 42 Fly high.

  5. james a kjensrud says:

    We lost a wonderful man, I will miss him so much

  6. Cora (Stephenson) Blilie says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! Mike was a great man! Thoughts and prayers going out to your family at this time.

  7. Don Hussey says:

    My sincere condolences to Mike’s wife Debbie and the Bruns family. Mike Bruns was and will always be the rock that so many of us needed. Someone you could talk to when no one else would understand. A big guy with a big heart who could make you laugh or cry with you. Know that you are loved by so many and can now fly freely Flyin 42.

  8. jeffrey muhle says:

    I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Carrie hector says:

    My family lived next door to the Bruns for a long time …Mike was a good friend of my brother clay hector …God bless the family

  10. Arlind Vivier says:

    Mike will definitely be missed by many as he touched my life by complete accident sorry for your loss Jessica and Shawn

  11. Loree Jegtvig says:

    Sympathy from all the Jegtvig family. We enjoyed being part of the race community with Mike, a great time that was cut way too short.

  12. Cheryl Saari says:

    so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing, may good memories keep Mike alive in your hearts, we have great admiration for the wonderful care Mike had in his home! God bless you.
    the Saari family “LoCash Racing”

  13. Diane Monk says:

    Sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I met Mike at the credit union and we would talk and reminis about music and cars. His spirit is with you forever. RIP Mike.

  14. Dawn (Piekutowski) Ahrens says:

    Mike was a great man loved his family and his racing career. He will be missed. Prayers to the Bruns family

  15. Shelly Begeske (Hall) says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My dad (Lanny Hall) always considered him a great friend. Our thoughts and condolences are with you all during this difficult time.

  16. Deb Jordahl Rehder McCullough says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. We lived south of Fargo, which is now Fargo and remember the Bruns family well. My step-brother, Mitch Johnson, was also in the racing world and I loved watching them all. May God comfort and bless those who loved him and miss him…we are praying for you.

  17. Debbie Compson says:

    My sincere condolences to Mike’s wife Debbie and the Bruns family.
    Mike was very well known by the Compson family.
    You will be missed , .
    Fly High.
    RIP MIKE

  18. Crystal,Chris, Tanner and Sadie Nan Rassel says:

    So sorry for the loss of a great Man. Sure going to miss him on the track and see him in the restaurant’s around town .

  19. Greg Miller says:

    So sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy. Now he is Fly-n-42 with God

  20. Lance and Vikki Beebe says:

    We have the best memories of FUN racing days with the Bruns family. We laughed hard, worked hard, raced hard, but our favorite part was the pure joy we had cheering each other on. The Ace Chassis Racing Teams. Thank you for the memories, thank you to Ernie Brokins, and Jim Sahr, for keeping us moving forward in those days!! I pray God would bless all your days going forward Debbie!! If there was ever a wife who deserved the “wife of the year award ” it is you. You blessed that boys heart. God bless all your beautiful children, and grandchildren too!! Sending our 💘 love. Lance and Vikki

  21. LeRoy & Diann Mikula . says:

    Have known Mike for many years . Way back to when they lived out by the Eagles so. Fargo. Worked on our Radiator once too . Was a good hearted guy . You went doing something you totally loved . Rest in peace big guy .

  22. Ingo Keller says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. My deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends. I was Mike’s UPS driver when he worked for his parents shop and when he went on his own. Mike was always very good to me. I’ll have you in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God Bless. RIP Mike.

  23. Rebecca J Peters says:

    Dear Aunt Vicky and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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