Kenneth Bruckner

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Kenneth Wayne Bruckner, 88, of Belleville, IL, born March 22, 1931, in Highland, IL, died Friday, February 7, 2020, with his family at his side.

Kenny was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors.  He was a member of the Quail Club, a proud member of the NRA, and was a former member of the Monroe County Deer Club.  Ken played fast-pitch softball at South Side Park in Belleville with the Bridges and Ward team for many years.  A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean war, he served on the USS Yorktown CV-10 and the USS Kearsarge. Following his time in active service, Ken worked at Scott Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic and went on to work as a civil service employee in St. Louis until his retirement in 1985. He was a long-time member of Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL. Kenny always had a quick wit and was able to keep his sense of humor until the end. His favorite anecdote was “into everyone’s life a little rain must fall.”

Preceding him in death are his parents, Albert Theodore and Irma Mathilda, nee Neudecker, Bruckner.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Joy Irma, nee Kraft, Bruckner, whom he married on May 23, 1953;
a daughter, Diane Lynn Bruckner of Tacoma, WA;
and two sons, Brad Allan (Rhonda) Bruckner of Belleville, IL, and Jay Curtis Bruckner of Belleville, IL.
Ken was a proud grandpa of Cody Allan Bruckner and Blake Hunter Bruckner;
and is survived by his loving canine companion, Puffy.

Memorials may be made to Christ United Church of Christ, to the Quail Club, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Jon Tinge officiating.

Burial with military honors will be held at Highland Cemetery, Highland, IL.


7 Comments on Kenneth Bruckner

Michele Mecey(Zagar) said : Guest Report May 07, 2020 at 5:19 PM

Bruckner family, So sorry to see this. Ken was a very nice man and always so nice to me. I hope he was at peace. Michele

  • French Village
  • MO
Deloris (Neudecker) Underhill said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Ken was always my favorite cousin and we stayed in contact always.. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I always loved his sense of humor.

  • Ulysses
  • Kansas
Betsy Ponzetti Arfmann said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2020 at 11:27 AM

Dear Joy, Diane, Brad and Jay, I am so sorry for your loss. You were all like family to us Ponzetti's. Many happy memories spending time with all of you in our homes. May you feel God's peace & love through your time of mourning.

  • Clearwater
  • Florida
Jack & Jeanette Carlson said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2020 at 8:03 PM

To Joy and family. We will miss you old friend. Remember all the fun we had after ball games. I will never forget the limburger cheese, onions and beer.

  • Pinckneyville
  • Il.
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2020 at 7:41 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Tom Dinges said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2020 at 5:33 PM

Dear Bruckner Family, So sorry to see Ken's obituary. You were good neighbors for 30 years! I am in Florida, and will be unable to attend the wake. I'll thinking of you and my prayers are with you. Tom Dinges

  • belleville
  • Illinois
Norman Krause said : Guest Report Feb 10, 2020 at 4:20 PM

Brad & Jay, Very sorry for your loss. Kenny was a good man. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family. take care. Chip

  • Belleville
  • IL

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