Maynard E. Bruns, 97, died in his farm home of over 60 years on May 27th, 2015. He was born in Ogle County on March 28, 1918. He was the son of Warner and Rena (Brink) Bruns. He was married to Marie Hayenga on December 22, 1940. She passed away in March of 1969. He married Frances Ann Gillespie in March of 1970. Maynard started farming with his father when he was in 8th grade. He then farmed on his own at the age of 22 on the Sam Agnew farm near Stillman Valley. He finished farming at Simons/LaRoche farm from 1954-present. Farming technology evolved from using horses during his earlier years to the use of GPS where he just had to sit and remember to turn at the end of the field. Maynard loved music, and was especially known for his whistling. He was a member of the Elim Reformed Church where he was baptized, served on consistory as an elder, sang in the church choir and helped to build the present church in 1950. Maynard was also a member of the Lions Club, Rochelle Community Hospital Board, a volunteer at Holcomb Fire Department, King School Board, Ogle County Service Co., Ogle County Livestock, Ogle County Farm Bureau, and served on the Farm Service Agency Board. He was preceded in death by his parents, toddler son Maynard Wayne and his first wife, Marie. Maynard is survived by his wife, Fran. Two daughters, Joyce (Doyle) Curtis, Mary Ellyn (William) Riggs; two sons, Timothy (Jami) Bruns, Roger (Jennifer) Bruns; nine grandchildren, Donna (Joe) Drought, Barbara (David) Cunningham, David (Tina) Curtis, Zachary (Stacia) Spraetz, Meredith, Jillian, Brody, Braxton, and Brecken Bruns; and 11 great grandchildren, Matthew and Kristen Drought, Devon and John Cunningham, Eric, Katie, Samantha and Ella Curtis, and Tucker, Ryder and Nataley Spraetz; sister Berniece Hayenga, and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Unger Horner Funeral Home on Sunday, from 1 p.m. â€“ 5 p.m. The funeral will be at Elim Reformed Church in Kings, IL on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.. Gravesite service to follow at White Rock Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Serenity Hospice and Home, Rochelle Lions Club, RACES-Rochelle Area Community Emergency Shelter or as you wish.
Source: Unger-Horner Funeral Home Obituary Rochelle, IL
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