Albert B. “Bert” Brunsman, 95, a former longtime resident of the Vernonia community, late of Battle Ground, Washington, died Sunday morning, February 3, 2013 at his home.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 741 Madison Avenue in Vernonia, with Chaplain David Mossholder, of PeaceHealth Hospice Southwest, officiating. Lodge Rites will be held under the auspices of Holbrook Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. # 30 in Forest Grove. Burial Rites and Interment will follow at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery, 2080 Bridge Street in Vernonia with Full Military Honors under the direction of the American Veterans Honor Guard.
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the cemetery rites, to be held at the Vernonia Scout Cabin, 901 Park Drive in Vernonia.
ALBERT BERNARDUS “BERT” BRUNSMAN was born on January 12, 1918 in LaMoure, North Dakota, on the family farm, the son of the late Albert Alexander and Dora (Galener) Brunsman. He was raised and received his education in the LaMoure community.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, having joined the United States Army in 1939. He served for 17 years in Communications. After World War II and Korea he had jurisdictions over all Communications West Coast between the Mexican and Canadian borders. He received his Honorable discharge in 1953 at Fort Warden, Washington at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
Bert was united in marriage to Isabelle Matilda Butt on April 24, 1942 in San Francisco, California. Following their marriage, they made their home in the Vernonia community for over sixty years until the town flooded on December 7, 2007. Following the flood they moved to Battle Ground, Washington to reside with their daughter, Candace and family, where they have resided since.
After moving to the Vernonia community, he co-owned and operated Brunsman Hardware Store with his brother David. He later bought his brother’s share and owned and operated the store for nine years until 1979, when he sold and retired. During this period he also served a term on the City Council.
Bert was a member of Holbrook Masonic Lodge, A.F. & A.M # 30 in Forest Grove. As a 32nd Degree member of both Scottish Rite and York Rite he was also a Shriner. He also belonged to the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post # 119, both in Vernonia.
Among his special interests he enjoyed gardening, reading western books, his favorite stories were “Never Cry Snake” and “Mean Tents” by writer, Patrick McManus. Bert also enjoyed his club work and had a special love for spending time with his grandchildren.
Bert is preceded in death by his parents, Albert Alexander and Dora Brunsman; his son Albert Edward Brunsman on November 30, 1968 and his three brothers, John Brunsman, David Brunsman and Frank Brunsman and his two sisters, Eleanor Cansdale and Marian Little.
Survivors include his wife, Isabelle M. Brunsman, of the family home in Battle Ground, Washington; his two daughters and a son-in-law, Sharon L. Kelley, of Portland, Oregon and Candace M. and Hans Rosengreen, of Battle Ground, Washington and his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Don Spencer, of Placitas, New Mexico.
Also surviving are his five grandchildren and a spouse, Albert Alan Ammerman, Aaron Clifford and Crystal Ammerman, Deanna Curtis, Maria Rosengreen and Nina Roberts; his thirteen great-grandchildren, Dutch Ammerman, Carter Ammerman, Sullivan Ammerman, Madelynn Ammerman, Courtney Ammerman, Zach Curtis, Tyler Curtis, Fritz Rosengreen, Frankie Rosengreen, Kayleigh Rosengreen, Victoria Rosengreen, Garett Huebner and Hayden Huebner and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to The Shrine Hospitals for Children, through Al Kader Shrine, 25100 SW Parkway Avenue, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070, in his memory.
Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12 Noon – 5:00 P.M.
Friday, February 8, 2013, 10:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.
@ Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia
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Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia is in charge of the arrangements. 503-429-6611