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Jeffrey "J.J." Bruns Jr.

December 06, 1986 - August 23, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial - Thursday

August 27, 2015 2:00 PM

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Visitation - Wednesday

August 26, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center

Prayer Service - Wednesday

August 26, 2015

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center


Boulger Funeral Home

Jeffrey "J.J." Bruns Jr.

December 06, 1986 - August 23, 2015


Jeffrey George Bruns Jr., age 28, of Fargo, ND, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Sanford Hospital.

J.J. was born December 6, 1986 at St. Ansgar’s Hospital in Moorhead, MN to Jeffrey and Cynthia (Rick) Bruns.

He attended Fargo Public Schools starting at Longfellow, then Ben Franklin Middle School and graduating from Fargo North High School where he played hockey, and enjoyed participating in welding, carpentry, and art classes. From a young age J.J looked forward to hunting and fishing with his father, grandfather, and friends. Those who knew J.J. wouldn’t be surprised to find him fishing from the end of the dock or out on the lake in a paddleboat. In his free time, J.J. and his friends and family spent many hours fixing up and driving jet skis, snowmobiles, R/C cars and bicycling.

J.J. grew up working at A1 Radiator Sales and Repair, and was his Dad’s right hand man. He was a hard worker, loving and caring friend, and truly a beautiful person. J.J. will be remembered for his heart of gold! His ready smile and laughter will be greatly missed by all those he met.

Survivors include his parents; sister, Brittney; grandfather, Elmer Bruns; aunts and uncles: Bob (Barb) Rick; Debbie (Steve) Woodstrom; David Rick; Carla (Dave) Brees; Bernie (Stacey) Rick; Bill Rick; Julie (Steve) Sillers; Jolyn (Dave) Krabbenhoft; and many cousins.

J.J. was preceded in death by his grandparents; Janice Bruns and I.A. (Bert) Rick; his aunt, Bonnie Rick; and his beloved black cat, Snowball.

Our sorrow turns to strength because of friends and family like you. His family would like to thank you for your many kind expressions of love and support.


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52 responses to “Jeffrey “J.J.” Bruns Jr.”

  1. kevin schmitt says:

    Jeff and Cyndi, I am so sorry to hear of your devistating loss.My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you all.

  2. John & Shirley Schmidt says:

    Cindy, Jeff, & Brittney,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. When one leaves home, we are never certain which home we will return too. Our earthly or heavenly! Grandma Jan and JJ are both home safe. May all our journeys meet them some day. Keeping you in our thoughts at this difficult time. Shirley

  3. Carla Brees says:

    A part of my heart will always belong to JJ. My beloved nephew, and my daughter Allison’s partner in crime:)

    Forever YOUNG
    love you more than you will ever know

  4. Jodi Ellingson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Cindy and Jeff. So hard…So sad!!
    I remember when the boys played hockey. God Bless you!

  5. Susan Thomas says:

    Cindy, Jeff mad family. I am so sorry to hear about JJ. My heart aches for you. Thoughts and prayers to you. Sue

  6. Lori Gerhardson says:

    Jeff, Cindy and Family,
    My prayers go to JJ, you and your family. I am soooo sorry to hear this news.
    Lori Gerhardson

  7. Brian & Janell Walz says:

    Jeff & Cindy-we are so sad to hear of the passing of JJ-We are sending thoughts of peace for you all. May God give you strength at this time. So sorry my friends.

  8. Wendy and Vernon Envik says:

    We are so sorry for your loss, our hearts ache for you. We can’t imagine anything tougher than loosing a child. May god bless you and comfort you always. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Kim Larson says:

    Jeff and Cindy,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, and I can only imagine your sorrow. I’ll be praying that God brings comfort to you as only He can.

  10. Judi Roth says:

    am so sorry to hear of your loss, so young, so sad. My prayers are with you and family. May God grant you peace

  11. Mary Ellen DeMaio Rasmussen says:

    To the family of JJ
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I remember JJ fondly from Longfellow School.
    Mary Ellen DeMaio Rasmussen

  12. Jason Semerad says:

    Jeff & Cindy,

    I am so sorry to hear of this devastating news. I pray that you and your family can find peace and comfort during this time.

  13. Mary (Anderson) Schmitt says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort as your family and loved ones surround you with their love and prayers.

  14. Alexis Abbott says:

    Jeff, Cindy and Brittney,

    So sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort and strength for your family. ((HUGS)), thoughts and prayers to you.

  15. Steve and Connie Niemi says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to the entire family.

  16. Mike & Kelly Veit says:

    Jeff and Cindy, we are very sorry to hear about J.J. We just want you to know if there is anything we can do we are here for you. We will not forget him and your family is in our thoughts!

  17. Mike & Mona, Chris & Ben McKibben says:

    Dear Jeff, Cindy, & Brittney,

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you and the entire family at your time of such tragic loss with J.J.’s passing. His ever present smile and the sound of his hearty laugh will be greatly missed out by all of us on Crystal and Cousin’s Beach on West McDonald Lake. Our hopes that warm memories can somehow ease your sorrow. We are here to help in anyway we can.


    Mike , Mona, Chris, Ben McKibben

  18. Steve Johnson/Doris Crocker says:

    Jeff & Cindy,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of you’re son JJ. As hard as it may be right now, may you find some sort of comfort in the memories you hold dear. You’re in our thoughts and prayers and our heart goes out to you and your family during this terribly difficult time.

    Deepest sympathies,
    Doris & Steve

  19. Cecilia & Ed Grimmer says:

    Our deepest sympathy at this difficult time to the Bruns family…

    Cecilia & Ed Grimmer
    Atlanta, Georgia

  20. Lee and Billi Schauer says:

    We are so sorry to hear about JJ. He was such wonderful and fun person. We will never forget his smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Toshia Shaw (Helgeson) says:

    Jeff, CIndy, and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


  22. Karleen Wyum says:

    My heart goes out to you, your husband & family.
    My deepest sympathy.
    Sending you a hug-Karleen Wyum

  23. Alice (Heisinger) Mentele says:

    Jeff, Cindy, & family
    My heartfelt sympathy to you and all of JJ’s extended family. It is so hard to understand God’s plan when he takes a young person in the prime of their life, but we just have to believe that God needed JJ more in Heaven than he did on Earth. I’m sure he was welcomed by his grandparents & aunt Bonnie, and some day you will all meet again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Alice (Heisinger) Mentele

  24. Marshall braaten says:

    Our prayers are with you so sad will be greatly missed

  25. joel krieg says:

    Jeff and cindi very very sorry for your and our loss jj was one of a kind , my heart goes out to you and the family

  26. John And Nancy Berge says:

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.. Your faith will give you strength.

  27. Tim and Jan Lulay says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. He is in the arms of God and will be watching over you all. We will light a candle for him.

  28. Brent Hornstein says:

    Jeff , Cindy , and Brittany May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

  29. Jan Wegge Schlick says:

    Cindy and Jeff
    So sorry for the loss of your son. I hope that the support and love of the family and friends who love and care about you are at least a small consolation. I can’t imagine what you are going through, I wouldn’t even try. I just want you to know that we are thinking about you and saying a prayer for your whole family.

    Jan Wegge Schlick and Brian Schlick

  30. Donna Stockrahm says:

    I did not know JJ., but I am Brittney’s teacher and advisor at MSUM and she has talked about her brother. — I offer my deepest sympathy to the whole family. He was much too young for this and I am so sorry about your tragic loss. Donna Stockrahm

  31. Nicole Davidson-Ericson says:

    No word can express the loss you feel. We can only pray that slowly your hearts will find peace. Knowing he lived life to the fullest and heaven gained a beautiful angel, may God be with your family.

  32. brad usgaard says:

    jeff n cindy, sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to your family

  33. Ron & Tammy Sagmo says:

    We were shocked to hear about your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you make God bless you

  34. Mary Jane and Fred Crafton says:

    My deepest sympathy to my niece Cindy and family! You need to remember the great memories you shared together!
    Aunt Mary Jane and Uncle Fred

  35. Rene Storbakken says:

    Jeff & Cyndi and Family, my thoughts and prayers to you all at this difficult time!! Take care!

  36. Kelly & Kari says:

    Jeff & Cyndi,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your entire family. Prayers and hugs sent to you. May God Bless you and watch over you. Losing a child is not right…..God must of needed him for something very special. May you get some peace knowing he’s with God and watching over your family as a guardian angel.

    Kelly Beilke
    Kari Anderson

  37. Mary Loven says:

    Jeff, Cindy and Brittany,
    I don’t know if you remember me but I taught both JJ and Brittany at Ben Franklin. I remember JJ well. My prayers are with you at this time.
    Brittany, I know what it is like to lose a brother as I lost mine when I was only 27 years old. I still think of him and believe he is now my guarding angel. JJ may pull a few tricks on you but I know he will watch out for you, too.
    Please take care of yourselves.
    Mrs. Loven

  38. Jamie & Tim Satrom says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for you all.

  39. Duane , Nancy Johnson says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

  40. Julie Ann Walvatne says:

    My deepest sympathies go out to you all….we are deeply sorry for your loss….May God’s love hold you thru this difficult time and may HE comfort you in your sorrow….You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings to you all.
    The Walvatne Family

  41. Shelly (Anderson) Wahdan says:

    My Heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you all.

  42. Delores and Rick Chapek says:

    Our prayers and sympathy go out to you and all your family in the loss of JJ. Think of all the good times and memories will last forever!
    Rick and Delores

  43. Les and Dianna Helgeson says:

    Jeff and Cindy, we are so sorry for your loss , our thoughts and prayers are with you all . Les and Dianna Helgeson

  44. Nick Hornstein and Family says:

    So So sorry for your loss my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

  45. Patty (Hornstein) Hutchinson says:

    Dear Cindy and Family,
    I can’t even fully express how sorry I am to hear of the tragic loss of your beloved JJ. I will be thinking of you as you celebrate his life today and praying for strength to get you through the difficult days ahead.
    My deepest sympathy,

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  47. Vicki and Jim Wallitsch says:

    I just saw JJ at the grocery store 2 weeks ago,I’m so glad I was able to talk to him one last time.I will never forget that smile!!Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.Sincerely Vicki Wallitsch

  48. Andy Robinson says:

    Jeff & Cindy & Brittney, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  49. Gail Adams-Ventzke says:

    Jeff, Cindy, & Brittney,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of JJ. He was a very nice young man and we loved watching him outside with that remote control truck he zoomed arounf the street on his breaks at work. All of us at CCS will miss him. You will continue to be in my prayers for strength and peace as you go through this very difficult time.

    Gail Adams-Ventzke

  50. Krabbenhoft Family says:

    Loving our nephew/cousin JJ was always easy with his contagious laugh & quick humor! Losing him will be the hard part! Grieving with you Jeff, Cindy & Britt!!
    The only consolation is that he is with his Grandparents who were waiting for him with open arms!

  51. Sharon and Gary Biewer says:

    Jeff and Cindy – so sorry to hear of JJ’s passing! I remember JJ when he was maybe 10-12 years old, maybe a little older when he would be at the shop with you, Jeff. I remember the hockey Suburban and the snowmobiles on the trailer every time I would stop with radiators. God Bless! No one should ever lose a child!

  52. Marsha Grindahl says:

    Jeff, Cindy and Brittney
    I am so sorry to hear this awful news. I just found out yesterday 8-30-15. Thoughts and prayers are with y’all in this time of sorrow for your family. JJ was a pretty cool guy. I always enjoyed seeing his smiling face.

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