David Bruss

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David “Dave” John Bruss, 72, of Hecker, IL, born January 24, 1950, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, May 12, 2022, at his residence, surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.

Dave Bruss was many things in his life, an amazing cook, a master story embellisher, and a landscape enthusiast, but above all he was a dad.  Not only was he a father to 9 children, but also to the countless friends his children brought home daily. He could inject humor into any topic, a talent he shared with his wife and passed on to his children.  Employed as a manager for over thirty years at Schnucks Markets and as a board executive with the UFCW, he always dreamed of opening his own restaurant. This dream was fulfilled shortly after his retirement. He became owner/operator of the popular Chickens Restaurant in St. Libory until 2010 when he decided to devote himself full-time to his beloved bride, Barb, 9 children, and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Wilma, nee Hart, Bruss; and a sister, Sandra Daesch.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Barbara S., nee Schulte, Bruss;
nine children, Chris Bruss, Debbie (Don) Schachner, Mike (Amanda) Bruss, Sue (Randy Daming) Lanter, Laura (Heath) Wilson, Melissa (Orrie) Yaugo, Joe (Christy) Bruss, Nick (Brittan) Bruss, and Tracie (Doug) Kloeppel;
17 grandchildren;
and a brother, Bryan Bruss.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for medical expenses. (https://gofund.me/44eaf15fm) Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Hecker, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Hecker, IL, with Fr. Von Deeke officiating.

Burial will be at St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery, Hecker, IL, at a later date.


10 Comments on David Bruss

Pamela K Kramer said : Guest Report May 22, 2022 at 2:13 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please share my sympathy and thought with the family. You are all in my prayers.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Sandy Reinhardt said : Guest Report May 20, 2022 at 2:58 PM

Barb and Families, We hold you safe in our hearts at this time of sadness and are in our hearts every step of the way. God is always in your corner and so are we. Sorry for your loss sending LOVE, Hugs, prayers The Aunties

  • chesterfield
  • MO
Ronald and June Kahrhoff said : Guest Report May 16, 2022 at 10:12 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Belleville
  • Illinois o
Debbie & Pat Syano said : Guest Report May 15, 2022 at 3:35 PM

Debbie, Don and family, our sympathies for the loss of your greatly loved father. May you be comforted at the most unexpected of times

  • O’fallon
  • Il
Gabe Schwemmer said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 11:51 PM

Bruss & Brown Family, Words cannot express how terribly saddened I am for everyone who’s lives Dave touched. I have so many vivid memories of him, my best being the last time I was able to spend with him a couple weeks ago holding his hand and reminiscing. It meant so much to remain so close to him for so many years. He was so very special. Thank you for sharing him with others who needed him.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Maydra (Mudd) Necessary said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 8:33 PM

Hey Bruss Kids and Family- We love you all, so much. We are so sorry for this great loss. Love, the Mudd Family: Maydra, Sandra, Steven, Vincent& parents

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jules said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 12:15 PM

Deb - I am so so sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved your Dad. Please know he is resting comfortably and not in pain. I love you my friend

  • Belleville
  • IL
mandmoss@verizon.net said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 11:17 AM

Dearest Tracie and family, I’m so very sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. He put up a good fight for a very long time and I’m sure you’ll find comfort in knowing he is out of pain and at peace. My deepest condolences on your loss. Mary Moss & Family

  • Sachse
  • Texas
Teresa McDonald said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 9:01 AM

Deepest sympathies to the family for your loss.

  • Bartonville
  • Illinois
Ellen Parker said : Guest Report May 14, 2022 at 8:40 AM

Dear Nick & the Bruss family, Please accept my condolences on the passing of Dave. May he Rest In Peace. Ellen

  • Belleville
  • Il

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