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Robert "Bob" Bruey


September 11, 1925 ~ March 14, 2014


Robert Louis Bruey passed from this life to the next on March 14, 2014, at Pioneer Ridge Health Center in Lawrence, Kansas. As he passed, he was surrounded by his loving family and supported by the caring staff at Pioneer Ridge where he had made a home these last three years.


He was born September 11,1925, to Louis and Bessie Bruey, on the family farm east of Bluff City, Kansas. He was the fourth of four children including Alice, Edwin, and George. From all accounts, his was a happy childhood filled with the joys of a farm boy. Bob was an excellent student and attended Bluff City High school where he played basketball, baseball, ran track, and played trumpet in the band. He was the treasurer of the Bluff City High School Senior Class of 1943. Bob played baseball and was a member of several teams, including Blackstone and the Caldwell Advertisers, who were invited to play in the Kansas Semi-Pro Baseball tournament in 1944.


After high school graduation, Bob began farming. He farmed alongside his brothers and except for two years in the United States Navy, would spend nearly the rest of his life on the family farm.


In 1945 he was drafted into the U.S. Navy and spent two years stateside serving as a clerk. His daughters always thought it funny that he was a sailor but didn’t really like swimming.


On December 22, 1951, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Smith, of Terre Haute, Indiana. Being a farmer, he got to do the things he loved; be his own boss, work outdoors, raise horses, cattle, and his daughters. He was a man of integrity, a devoted husband and father who enjoyed a good laugh. He knew what was important in life and passed those values on to his family. Bob was a member of Bluff City United Methodist Church.


Robert is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law; Lou Ann and Randy Gebhards (Lawrence, KS), Patty and Mickey Tidwell (Lakeland, FL), and Shirley and Jim Sweetman (Castro Valley, CA); grandchildren, Symphony Tidwell, Tina Tidwell, Amy Sweetman, Robbie Sweetman, and Mitchell Sweetman. Nephews and nieces: Dean and Janice Bruey, Bill Norris, Kathy and Mark Schmidt, Gail and Greg Feely, Dale Zeman, Duane Zeman, Karna Bruey, Sue Tharp, Jim and Vicki Smith, Mark Smith, Chuck and Sally Smith, Richlyn MacArthur, and Ted and Therese Smith; sisters-in-law Charlotte Smith and Betty Smith; and many loving great-nephews and great nieces.


Memorials may be given to Bluff City United Methodist Church, the Bluff City Community Center, or the Caldwell Czech Chapter.


Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell.


Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday.



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Rosann Garrett Patterson

Family and Friends - 03/16/2014

Dear Lou Ann, Patty, and Shirley,


Although I never knew your parents except to perhaps see them at Mother's weekend or Father's weekend at Smurthwaite, I feel that I knew them by knowing their three daughters. I am sorry to hear that your father has passed, and I know that you will miss him. I also know that you will carry special memories of him in your hearts and that you look forward to the day that you will be reunited with him.


Thinking of you and prayers being said for you,

Rosann


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Susan Young

Family and Friends - 03/16/2014

Sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father, Patty. With such a wonderful family, he must have been a great man. May God comfort you in your loss.


Blessings,

Bruce and Susan


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Deb Romberger

Family and Friends - 03/16/2014

Lou Ann, Patty, and Shirley--thinking of you and your families and holding you in prayer as you grieve the loss of your dad. I have fond memories of your dad from Smurthwaite events! He and your mom raised three incredible daughters and have such an amazing legacy in each of you.


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Wilma L Jelinek, Rw & Donna Jelinek McKee, Anthony, ks

Family and Friends - 03/17/2014

We are so sorry to hear your Dad passing away, he lived a good life, and enjoyed much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time.


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Lily Duncan

Family and Friends - 03/17/2014

Dear Patty & Mickey, Lou Ann and Shirley,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He instilled so many good traits, lessons, and his faith in all of you. May the Lord surround you with His loving arms, comfort you, and give you peace as you grieve. Praying that many happy memories flood your minds, and give you strength and hope, until you are reunited again someday. Sending my love.


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Valerie Jordan

Family and Friends - 03/17/2014

I am truly sorry for the loss to your family. Most of us have lost a loved one in death, and the affects can be very devastating. You will get to see your loved one again when Jesus call out to her as he did to Lazarus...(John 5:28, 29) Jesus proved that our loved ones could be rescued from death

(John 11:11, 25, 44). Even though this took place centuries ago, it demonstrated what God has promised to do for us. May all in your family be comforted by this wonderful promise that will take place in the near future. (Jude 2)



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Cliff and Margaret Anne Wheeler

Family and Friends - 03/17/2014

Our sincerest condolences to you, Patty and Mickey, and the extended family. We know you have the assurance through your faith of His love and peace allowing this time of loss and grief to also be a celebration of a life well lived.


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Adolph al Hybsha

Family and Friends - 03/17/2014

was neighbors for years,he will be missed I knew him since 1936,you have my prayers


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Jean and Sam Dunning

Family and Friends - 03/17/2014

Dear Patty ,Mickey,Symphony and Tina,

Our sympathy to all of you, he left a wonderful legacy in all of you. Sometimes it's hard to accept God's will, when it means saying good-bye to a loving father, but take comfort in knowing that he is with Our Father.

Comforting thoughts to you all.

Jean and Sam


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Richard & Susan (Giesen) Jelinek

Family and Friends - 03/17/2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.


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Sally and Roy Toney

Family and Friends - 03/18/2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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Valerie Jordan

Family and Friends - 03/21/2014

The bible calls death an enemy, and most of us have seen it claim the lives of people dear to us. Jehovah is far more powerful than death. He is the loving rescuer who has already shown that he can defeat this enemy. And he promises to destroy this enemy, death, once and for all. The bible teaches: The last enemy death is to be brought to nothing. (1Cor.15:26) Jehovah also promises that the dead will live again. (Isaiah 26:19) They will be brought back to life. That is the hope of the resurrection. May all in of you be comforted by these wonderful promises.

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