Jonah Bruntz

Funeral services for Jonah Bruntz were held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Clausen Funeral Home in Burke with Joe Bruntz moderating. Music and remarks were given by Laurel Bruntz, Jeff Bruntz, Brody Sullivan, Rachel Bruntz, Crystal Bruntz, Russel Johnson, Vance Johnson and Jordan Bruntz. Casket bearers were John Bruntz, Jeff Bruntz, Joe Bruntz, Jordan Bruntz, Russ Johnson and Jerry Hutchison. Interment was in the ZCBJ Cemetery in Gregory. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Jonah Lincoln Bruntz was born to Lydia (Kinsvater) Bruntz and Fred Bruntz at Paxton on May 19, 1927. Shortly after his birth, his parents moved to the farm west of Herrick where he lived for the next 87 years. He changed his name to Jonas and attended country schools and high school at Gregory. In December 1950, he was inducted in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Carson, CO. Jonas was awarded medals for his marksmanship ability and was honorably discharged in December 1952 earning the rank of PFC. Jonas returned to the family farm west of Herrick and began his farming career. Jonas was a worshipful master and member in good standing of the Herrick Masonic Lodge for many years. He also worked part time with bricklayer Frank Gessner. Together they created many lasting structures in the Rosebud area. Jonas was a farmer and planted many trees on his property, but his favorite job was sawing wood. Jonas married Betty Vosika on April 25, 1959. Jonas soon adopted her two children, Joni and John. They were blessed with four more children, Jeffrey, Joseph, Jordan and Jane. He died October 19, 2016 at his home near Burke. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of 57 years; children: Joni (Russ), John (Julie), Jeff (Michele), Joe (Dani), Jordan (Crystal), and Jane; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be directed to the Burke Volunteer Fire Department.

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