February 17, 1932 ~ December 27, 2011
Remembering the Life of Raphael H. (Ray) Bruns
Raphael H. (Ray) Bruns, age 79, of Hickson, ND died Tuesday, December 27th, 2011, at Essentia Health of Fargo. He was born February 17, 1932, in Lismore, MN, to John and Elizabeth (Burkard) Bruns. Ray graduated from Worthington High School, Worthington, MN. He also went to Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo as a diesel mechanic for 2 years. He served his country in the Navy from June 19th, 1952 and was honorably discharged June 18th, 1956, he served in the Korean War, and was stationed in the Philippines.
Raphael married Victoria Schnoor on September 29, 1957, in Sisseton, SD. The couple lived in Fargo for their entire married life of 54 years and had 8 children.
He worked at Tillie's Skelly Services then opened the Mobile Station with his brother Elmer in 1958, in 1961 they opened Bruns Brothers Enco, Radiator and Towing Services until 1969. Ray opened Bruns Radiator at 1014 Main Ave. in Fargo until he retired in 1991. He still enjoyed going down to his son Mike's shop to work on radiators and gas tanks up until his death.
He was a lifetime member of St. Anthony's Church in Fargo.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, going to the dirt trackracing, and watch his son, grandson and granddaughter race, and watching his great grandson race BMX bikes. He loved spending time with his family and many grand & great grand kids. Raphael also liked taking short trips with his lovely wife Victoria, whom he always told her how much he loved her a million times over.
Raphael is survived by his wife, Victoria Bruns, Hickson, ND; his 8 children, Debbrah Olson, Halstad, MN; Michael (Debbie) Bruns, Fargo, ND; Melody (Kirk) Matheson, Orem, Utah; John Bruns, West Fargo, ND; Victoria (Philip) Maenza, Mapleton, ND; Richard Bruns and Vanessa Wedell, West Fargo, ND; Robert (Angie) Bruns, Fargo, ND; and Timothy Bruns, Fargo, ND, 32 grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors included two sisters, Mathilda Pearson, Worthington, MN, Shirley (John) Schmidt of Emmetsburg, Iowa, three brothers, Elmer (Janice) Bruns, Fargo, ND, Ervin and Valery Bruns, Adrienne, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Elizabeth Bruns, four sisters, Marcella Welder, Gladys, Ella May and Lucille, and one brother Jerome.