Robert William Brugman

Born in Detroit, MI on October 17, 1931

Departed on October 21, 2011 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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BRUGMAN, Robert William, age 80, passed away October 21, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on October 17, 1931 in Detroit Michigan. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. In his younger years he served our country in the Air Force. After his tour of service he went on to work for General Motors on the Parade of Progress. Following his Father's death he returned to Detroit and worked for General Motors Air Transport Section as an aircraft electrician. Among many things he enjoyed traveling. He was also an active member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church and helped establish Boy Scout troop 157. He is preceded in death by siblings, Elmer LaFevre, Edward Brugman, Doris Harding, and Gerald Brugman. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Claire Ruth Brugman; children, Kathy Bruce Grieves, Karen Joey Cook, and Bill Terri Brugman; Grandchildren, Robert, Kristi, Charles, Emily, Hannah, Jeremy, Sam, and Great Grandson Jacob; sisters, Janet Brodzik and Marian Schooley. A life celebration will held at 2:00 p.m. on November 26, 2011 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church 650 East Main St. Hendersonville, TN 37075 with the Rev. Lewis A. Groce officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Boy Scout troop 157 of St. Timothy Lutheran Church.

9 Comments to Robert William Brugman

    October 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Sorry for your loss, our family will miss him. It was great being neighbors with your wonderful family. God Bless! Karen Wernimont, Barb Wernimont, Mike Wernimont and Sherri Wernimont.

  2. Don Cambron
    October 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Mr. B was a part of my life from the time I was 15 or so when he and my dad formed a new scout troop 157 at St. Timothy in Hendersonville sometime around 1980. From that point on, our families did things together, including camping, meals, etc. I especially remember a trip to the Smokies where Karen and I came up later, and while preparing a meal at The Chimney Tops Picnic area, we were visited by a bear who at the French fries while they fried in a skillet.
    Mr. B. was the mechanically competent friend/neighbor that is always good to know, somebody who can help fix something, had that tool that made it easy to do, etc. I know my parents and the B’s did many more things together over the years including trips around the country, winters in Texas, etc. The last time I saw Mr. B was when he came to my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary party at my brother�??s house.

    I know your family and friends will miss you, but it seems like you lived a long and full life. Rest in peace, Mr. B.

    Don Cambron & Family

  3. Bobby & Diana South
    October 26, 2011 12:00 am

    Bob you will be greatly missed by us. We had to go all the way to Pharr Texas to meet you and Claire just to find out that your son was a friend of my son and you lived in the same city. Wow this is a small world. We had great times playing Joker Board and going to many shows in Texas. The Air Force band was my favorite thing to see. I know you suffered a lot this past year but would never give up. We will see you again when our time is done here. Claire our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. If there is anything we can do for you please let us know, we are only a phone call away. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family.
    Your friends,

    Bobby & Diana South

  4. Steve Polomsky
    October 26, 2011 12:00 am

    As a former member of Troop 157, I can remember being at summer camp with him and he was hooked up to his biofeedback machine, which I guess used electric impulses to help with his back. After asking what it was, and getting an answer, he then added with that grin of his, “Want to give it a try?” Of course I declined, but I’m sure that later that same day I must have had some type of dutch oven cooked desert he whipped up. His kung-fu was strong with a dutch oven! I’ll miss him.

  5. Barry Yeatts
    October 28, 2011 12:00 am

    Emily, So sorry for the loss of your papa. Barry

  6. Bill, Alisa, Bailey & Evan
    October 30, 2011 12:00 am

    Bill and Family, we are so sorry to hear about your loss, we just heard last night. We are thinking about you; and you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Nikki & Tom Crothers
    October 30, 2011 12:00 am

    Claire, We wereP so sorry to hear about Bob. You all were our first “across the street” neighbors at Casa. Bob was always out with Daisy and we would be out there with Heather. We would all meet at Dan & Brenda Daley’s for “treats.” God be with you during your time of sorry. We will certainly keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Nikki & Tom Crothers

  8. Mark Farrar
    October 31, 2011 12:00 am

    Although I saw Bob at church we didn’t get to speak very often but he always had that sly smile and was always ready to extend a hand when passing the peace. My prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Kathy Grieves
    November 15, 2011 12:00 am

    After dad passed I flashed back on a memory of my first all day hike in the Porcupine Mountains. Just dad and I out on an all day hike, it was great! I feel truly blessed to have had a father that spent so much quality time with his family, we always felt loved. I learned first hand that God, Family and Friend were the most important things in life. That you should always helped others when needed. I believe that I get my love for gardening and working outdoors from my father, and the knowledge that any interior wall can be removed with the proper support beams. He was a wonderful man.