George 'Shorty' Bruns
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George Lee "Shorty" Bruns, 78, of Lincoln, died Sunday, Jan. 31,
2010, at 11:22 a.m. at BroMenn Hospital in Normal.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist
Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Mark Kaley officiating.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln and
at the church one hour prior to the service on
Burial will be in Hartsburg Union Cemetery,
Mr. Bruns retired from Caterpillar Tractor Co. in
East Peoria and from farming in Logan and Tazewell
He was born Oct. 12, 1931, at Hartsburg to George
Earl and Zella Shirley Bruns. He married Mary Ellen
Reiners on March 19, 1949, in Marshall.
He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; one son,
Mike (and Jill) Bruns of Emden; one daughter, Sue
(and Louie) Fitzpatrick of Atlanta; six
grandchildren, Angie Bruns, Sherre (and Jerry)
Stark, Chad Fitzpatrick, Jessica (and Brandon)
Booth, Rachel Amberg and Lynette Amberg; and eight
He was preceded in death by one son, Richard
Leslie, who died in 1951; one daughter, Barbara
Ellen Amberg, who died in 2007; and one brother,
Robert Bruns. He was the last of his immediate
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church
George was a die-hard Chicago Cubs and Chicago
Bears fan. He was an avid player of checkers and
cards and loved to garden.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's
Hospital, Ronald McDonald House or the donor's
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