WILSONVILLE — Richard A. Bruening, 73, of Holdrege, formerly of Wilsonville, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Wilsonville.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Baptist-Christian Church in Wilsonville with the Rev. Keith Theobald officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery near Beaver City.

Visitation with the family present will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Wenburg Funeral Home in Beaver City.


He was born on Sept. 19, 1943, in Kanorado, Kan., to Bernard and Frances (Harris) Bruening.

He attended school in Wilsonville and graduated from Wilsonville High School with the class of 1961. He attended college in Lincoln and Amarillo, Texas, to receive an associate’s degree in fire science. He also had a private pilots license, A&P license, plus much schooling he received in the service.

On Sept. 15, 1963, he married Dorothy Mustin of Indianola, and to this union two children were born, Rick and Tawn.

Richard joined the U.S. Air Force in 1963. He spent the last year in Vietnam. When he returned home, he worked at Beechcraft in Wichita, Kan., for six months. He decided the graveyard shift was not for him, so he went to Sky Harbor at Eppley Air Field in Omaha. He worked there for around six years and then worked as a service manager for a Chevy/Buick garage in St. Paul.

After working there for two years, he received a letter from the government offering him a full-time civil service job, if he would join the Air Guard. He spent a total of 26 years in the military and 22 years in the Civil Service. During that time, he was a crew chief in the Lincoln Guard on the RF4C plane. The rest of the time, he was a flight chief in the Colorado Guard over the A-7s and F-16s. Then also in the Colorado Guard, he was a flight engineer on the C-131. He retired in 1993 when he turned 50.

Airplanes and flying were his passion. He had a lifetime membership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Legion and Elks. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, bowling, playing cards and mechanic work. He will be greatly missed as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Bernard; his brother, Gary; and an infant granddaughter, Ashley Renee.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Rick Bruening of Longmont, Colo.; daughter, Tawn and husband Jim Stringfellow of Argyle, Texas; four granddaughters, Lindsey, MacKenzie and Kaylee Bruening and Genesse Stringfellow; one grandson, Gregory Stringfellow; and two brothers, Jim Bruening and wife Sharon of Minden and Larry Bruening and wife Jeannie of Arvada, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the Baptist-Christian Church in Wilsonville or Wilsonville Volunteer Fire Department.

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