Bruce Brummond, age 100, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, formerly of Hutchinson, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, Illinois.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 19th, 2018, at 12:00 P.M. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with interment on Friday, April 20th, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery in Little Falls, Minnesota.
Visitation will be held one hour before the service on Thursday- at the church.
Military Honors by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad of Hutchinson.
Bruce Brummond was born on September 7, 1917, in Buffalo Lake, Renville County, Minnesota. He was the son of Henry and Kathryn (Smith) Brummond. Originally christened Winton Bruce, he dropped his first name in his early years. He grew up in Renville County and in nearby Hutchinson. Bruce graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1935.
Bruce entered active military service in the United States Army on April 26, 1942, in Glencoe, Minnesota. He served his country during World War II. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge on December 20, 1944, in Echternach, Luxembourg. Incarcerated as a prisoner-of-war (POW), he was liberated by British troops in May, 1945. He received an Honorable Discharge on September 30, 1945, in Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming, and achieved the rank of Sergeant (SGT).
On February 16, 1942, Bruce was united in marriage to Mary Josephine Waldron at St. George’s Catholic Church in Glencoe, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with six children, Mary Kathryn, James Bruce, Robert Thomas, William Michael, John David and Charles Henry. Bruce and Mary Jo lived in Hutchinson and Glencoe, Minnesota; Belle Fourche, South Dakota; Sparta, Wisconsin; Lake Zurich and Crystal Lake, Illinois. Bruce and Mary Jo shared 74 years of marriage before Mary Jo passed away on November 3, 2016.
Bruce was a manager of various shoe and clothing stores and was a long time employee of the Footwear Division of the B.F. Goodrich Company. Bruce was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. Active in various veteran’s groups, Bruce was a member of: American Ex-Prisoners of War, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Forty and Eight (La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevauk), and The Fountains (Crystal Lake, Illinois)Veterans Club. He was also active in speaking to various groups about his experiences in World War II.
Bruce enjoyed stamp collecting, gardening, and being with family. He impressed many with a pleasant personality that he shared with all. He cherished the time he spent with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
Bruce passed away peacefully with family by his side at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, Illinois on April 13, 2018, at the age of 100 years. Blessed be his memory.
Bruce is survived by his:
Children, Mary Kathryn O’Connell of Midlothian, VA,
Robert Thomas Brummond of Lake Zurich, IL,
William Michael Brummond and his wife, Donna of Chesterfield, MO,
John David Brummond of Bellevue, NE,
Charles Henry Brummond and his wife, Patty of McHenry, IL;
Grandchildren, Megan Kathryn Shelton, Bridget Lawlor, Colleen O’Connell, Jason Bruce Brummond, Max Daniel Brummond, Catherine Ann Quinn, Carl Patrick Brummond, Karen Marie Brummond, Matthew Paul Brummond, Kevin Thomas Brummond;
Nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
Bruce is preceded in death by his: Wife, Mary Brummond; Parents, Henry and Kathryn Brummond; Son, James Bruce Brummond; Son-In-Law, Robert O’Connell; and Grandson-In-Law, James Randy Shelton.