Donald J. Bruning
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Donald Joseph Bruning, age 74 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is assisting with arrangements.

Pallbearers will be David Bruning, Bryan Wortmann, Jeremy Bruning, Joel Bruning, Tim Granquist and Mike Granquist. Honorary Pallbearers are Don's six granddaughters.

Don was born on August 31, 1942 at Yankton, SD to Vincent Frederick and Evelyn Marie (Suing) Bruning. They lived on a farm in the St. James area until moving to a farm southeast of Hartington in 1950. Don attended Holy Trinity High School. Don was a member of the U.S. Army reserves from 1963 to 1970. He married Carol Smith on April 15, 1967 at Laurel, Nebraska. He farmed all of his married life east of Hartington and for over 20 years he operated Don Bruning Trucking. He greatly valued the friendships and business relationships that developed through the years.

Don was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, the Coleridge Saddle Club and the Cedar County Livestock Feeders. He enjoyed cattle sales and playing cards. He especially enjoyed teasing his 6 grand daughters and spoiling them with candy.

Don is survived by his wife, Carol Bruning of Hartington; a son Mark Bruning and his wife, Kristi, and their 3 daughters, Karli, McKenzie and Karissa of Hartington; a daughter, Julie Harding and her husband, Dave, and their 3 daughters, Sydney, Sarah and Kennedy (JoJo) of Ponca, Nebraska; 2 brothers Jerry and Marlyce Bruning of Coleridge, Nebraska; Chuck Bruning of Hartington; 2 sisters, Dorothy and Robert Haag of Mead, Nebraska; Carol Wortmann of Naples, Florida; 2 sisters-in-law, Nancy Bruning of Wisner, Nebraska; Karen and Jim Thompson of Laurel, Nebraska and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Jim, Darrell and an infant and a 2 brothers-in-law, Dave Wortmann and Roland Granquist.




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We send our deepest sympathies to your family on the loss of Don. He will be missed. You are all in our prayers.

Carol and Dave McGregor


This so saddens me! He was a great guy & will truly be missed. God Bless You Cousin!

Dodie Kool


So sorry to hear about Don's passing. What a tragedy to happen to such a great family. He will be missed.

Hugs and prayers coming your way.

Jean and Ellis Nelson


So sorry to hear the loss of Don. Always a kind man. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

Vicky (Young) Owen and family


Thinking of you, Carol, and sending prayers for you and your family. May God surround you with His love, peace and reassurance.


Carol our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don will be missed he was a great guy.

Denny and Joyce Sutton


Please accept my sincere sympathy during this sad time. Keep your memories of Don in your hearts as they will make for brighter days ahead.

Clark Hoesing


I loved Don for what he was....honest, even tempered and always willing to help. He had hauled hundreds of loads of cattle for me.

God Bless his soul on this Ash Wednesday.

Frank Gilbert


Mark and Julie - so sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Mickie Rossiter Mueller


Just letting you know we are thinking of Don and all of you this sad day. Don well be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Ramon and Bonnie Schiffern


My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May God grant you peace.

Darla Dreesen


Carol, Mark and Julie, So sorry to hear about Don, You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Darin Bruening


Carol, Julie and Mark and families, so sorry to hear about Don. He was a wonderful man and always so kind. He meant a lot to all his neighbors. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jean Koch

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