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William Eugene “Bill” Brunner

William Eugene “Bill” Brunner, 90 of Holden, Missouri passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in a farm accident.

Bill was born June 10, 1932, in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Frank and Alma (Kunkel) Brunner. He attended school in Springfield, Illinois, and married Marjorie Ann Buerkett on January 3, 1953, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 in England, and continued in the Army Reserves until 1962. Bill farmed at the family farm in Illinois before the couple moved with their four children to the farm west of Holden in 1961 and continued on the farm until his passing.

Since 1961 Bill had been a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. For many years he enjoyed playing on their slow pitch softball teams. His passion was taking care of livestock.

Survivors include four children: Larry Brunner (Julie) of Kingsville, MO; Janet Wutke (Mike) of Marshfield, MO; Dennis Brunner (Terri) of Centralia, MO; Brian Brunner of Kansas City, MO; eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers: Raymond Brunner and John Brunner both of Springfield, IL; two sisters: Betty Primm of Athens, IL, and Joan Barnes of St. Charles, MO; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; daughter Laura Brunner; brother Norbert Brunner and sisters, Mary Margaret Krone and Dorothy Hakman.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 9th at Williams Funeral Chapel in Holden with Father Curt Vogel of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Holden. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 preceding the service at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Mount Calvary Cemetery in Holden, which can be made through the funeral chapel.

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