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Richard "Dick" Bruner

November 25, 1933 — February 25, 2021

Richard S. “Dick” Bruner of Shelton passed away on February 25, 2021 at CHI St Francis Hospital with his wife, son, and daughter by his side. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on March 13, 2021 at Shelton United Methodist Church with Pastor Carla Gunn officiating. For the health and safety of others, social distancing and face masks are required for those attending the service. A private family burial will take place at a later time. Memorials are suggested to the Shelton United Methodist Church or Shelton Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be directed to

Dick was born November 25, 1933 in Shelton to George W. “Chuck” and Fern (Miller) Bruner. He graduated from Shelton High School in 1951. Following graduation, he went to work for his father and uncle at Bruner Brothers Sand & Gravel.

On October 15, 1954 he was united in marriage to Veda L. Wheeler in Cairo, NE. The couple lived in Shelton. Dick entered the United States Navy in December 1955 and served until September 1957. He served aboard the USS Essex as a teletypist and later moved to Guam prior to his discharge. Upon his return he continued to work with his father eventually taking over the business with his cousin Bill Bruner in 1970. They renamed the business Bruners’ Sand and Gravel and continued until ill health forced Bill to retire in April 1996. Then son Jim joined Dick and continued side by side until Dick retired in 2007.

Dick was a member of the Shelton United Methodist Church where he served as an usher for many years and on various other committees, former member of the Shelton Volunteer Fire Department, Shelton Village Board, serving as mayor for several years, Kearney Elks Lodge, and a long-time member of a Thursday night pitch playing foursome.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, watching his grandchildren grow and playing cards with George, Vaughn, Bob, and numerous others over the years and sitting in his chair with his puppy Ellie.

He is survived by his wife of 66 plus years, Veda; son, Jim (Gayle Knoll) of Shelton; daughter, Connie Rocker (Dave) of Franklin; grandchildren: Derrick Rocker of Omaha, Kelsey Rocker of Lincoln, Tess Bruner of Shelton, and Dr. Noel Bruner of Omah; and his loving puppy Ellie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Shelton United Methodist Church

207 A Street, Shelton, NE 68876

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