AURORA, Colo. — Ken Bruening, 72, Aurora, Colo., died Jan. 7, 2021, at Aurora Medical Center after a month long battle with Covid 19.
A Private Family Service will be held Jan. 14, at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Aurora. He will be honored with a Military Service at the Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver, Colo.
Ken was born May 29, 1948, in Yankton, S.D., to Bernard Arnold and Geraldine Marie (Maly) Bruening. He was the second of 10 children and grew up on a dairy farm southwest of St. Helena. He attended St. Mary’s elementary school and graduated from Wynot High School in 1966. He attended airline school in Kansas City and worked for Braniff International at O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Ill. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served from March 1968 to March 1970, spending one year on the Scout Dog Patrol on the DMZ in Korea. Ken married Sandy Smith in June 1972, and together they had a son, Ken Jr. Ken moved to Aurora and worked for Continental Airlines. He married Mary Husiak July 11, 1981, in Aurora. He worked as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad for 10 years retiring in 2007. Ken then worked part-time at Lowes in Aurora.
He loved coming home to the farm to help with harvest and enjoyed tending to his big garden at home. In his younger days, he was an avid softball player. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Ken is survived by his wife, Mary Bruening, Aurora; a son, Ken and
Ken is survived by his wife, Mary Bruening, Aurora; a son, Ken and Jackie Bruening, Omaha; a son, Nick Bruening, Aurora; a daughter, Stefanie Bruening, Aurora; a grandson, Quinn Bruening; and a granddaughter, Lucy Bruening; four sisters, Jan and H.B Ewersmann, Hot Springs Village, Ark.; Carla and Jim Wintz, Hartington; Lynn and Jude Hobza, Omaha; Mary and Duane Miner, Seward; and two brothers, Tom and Pam Bruening, Norfolk, and Joe and Juanita Bruening, St. Helena.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ron, Jim and Daryl Bruening.
Memorials can be sent to his wife, Mary Bruening, at 15725 East Flora Place, Aurora, CO 80013.