Bruce Brown

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Bruce “Budha” Anthony Brown, 72, of Freeburg, IL, born July 13, 1947, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at his home with his family.

Bruce worked for the Peabody Coal Company, retiring in 1982.  He loved his clubhouse, camping, and fishing. He also had a passion for cooking and fixing things. He was devoted to his family and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Fonda, nee Young, Brown; two sisters, Ruth White and June Isenhart; and a nephew, Eric Theis.

Surviving are his loving wife, Debbie, nee Alexander, Brown;
his children, Brian (Brandi) Brown, Crystal (Joey) Loucks, William (Alyssia Phillips) Summers, Cynthia Summers, and Sara Vahlkamp;
11 grandchildren, Paige, Riley, Mason, Bub, Kyle, Katie, Tyler, Chase, Marlee, Brandon, and Christophor;
a great-niece, Michelle Theis;
two great-nephews, David and Raymond Theis;
and close friends, Butch and Nancy Kehrer, Debbie and Michael Kehrer, Doug and Julie Savage, and Dave and Bev Francis.

The family would like to thank Family Hospice for the excellent care that Bruce received, and to Dr. Todd Vonderheide for his many years of diligent care of Bruce.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bruce’s memory may be made to the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Hal Santos officiating.


4 Comments on Bruce Brown

Cindy Crowl said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2019 at 1:51 PM

Steve and I are so sorry to hear. Growing up with him have lots of memories that we will cherish forever. Sending prayers to all the family and friends... Our Deepest Sympathy, Steve and Cindy Crowl

  • Belleville
  • IL - Illinois
Karen Dinney said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2019 at 2:51 PM

I am so sad to hear of his passing,he was a big strong man, him and his nephew once lifted up a volkswagon car and put lt on a flatbed.Incredible.A lot of good memories of him and the Metro East Van Club. A special prayer is going out to you.Take care.

  • Belleville
  • Ill.
Judy Kehrer Alexander said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2019 at 2:59 AM

Prayers for the family

  • Kirksville
  • Missouri
T.j. & Lauren Feazel said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2019 at 10:44 PM

Debbie & family, we were so sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing. We know how trying this last year especially has been. As you struggle with his loss know that in Gods house the pain is over and death is only healing and peace. We love you all and think of you often. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. God bless you all.

  • DeFuniak Springs
  • Fl

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