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;
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.