Orville Bruss

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Orville G. Bruss, 92, of Swansea, IL, born April 6, 1926, in Swansea, IL, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mr. Bruss worked at Stag Brewery and retired after 40 years.  He was a member of the VFW Post 1739, a lifetime member of Moose Lodge 1221, and a WWII Air Force veteran.  Orville was also a die-hard Cubs fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 67 years, Rita C., nee Monroe, Bruss, whom he married on June 11, 1949, and who died on May 8, 2016; his parents, Herman H. and Eleanora, nee Wright, Bruss; three sisters, Florence Davis, Dorothy Mueller, and Betty Wagner; and a brother, Kenneth Bruss.

Surviving are three sons, Gary Bruss of Highland, IL, Michael (Juanita) Bruss of Swansea, IL, and Thomas (Jan) Bruss of New Athens, IL;
two daughters, Barbara Bruss of Swansea, IL, and Laura (Al) Davis of Swansea, IL;
six grandchildren, Kelli (Chris) Fox, Amy Zike, Brian and Kimberly Bruss, Tommy (Tiffany) Bruss, and Joey Rauschkolb;
three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Lance, and Breeanna;
and one sister-in-law, Rita Bruss.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  A Moose ritual will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Douglas Stewart officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


3 Comments on Orville Bruss

Gregory J. warnecke said : Guest Report Jul 22, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Our sincere sympathies to the members of the Bruss family. We met Orville in June when my husband was at Freeburg Care Center undergoing rehab. Several time during his stay there, Orville joined the lunch or dinner table where my husband sat. What a sweet man! I am sure you find some consolation in the fact that he no longer suffers. Mary Anne & Gregory Warnecke

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joy Hess said : Guest Report Jul 20, 2018 at 3:08 PM

Barb, Mike and Family So sorry for your loss. Hoping wonderful memories help you thoiugh this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bruce and Jerri Parrott said : Guest Report Jul 19, 2018 at 9:52 PM

Please accept our condolences on the passing of O.B. We are out of town and can not make it there. Orville had a smile that could light up a room; something he passed on to all of you.

  • Red Bud
  • IL

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