The Obit For Bob Brunner

Robert M. Brunner

Published in Hamilton Journal-News on October 12, 2011

BRUNNER Robert M. passed away Monday, October 10, 2011, at Bethesda North Hospital. Born August 7, 1927, to Clem and Elise Brunner, Bob grew up enjoying neighborhood playgrounds, delivering newspapers, and serving as an altar boy at St. Peter's Church where he attended school. He participated in many sports and developed a special love of baseball, playing in youth leagues and at Hamilton High School.

After graduation, he began a baseball career with the minor league team of the then St. Louis, Browns. WWII interrupted his career as he served 18 months in the Army Air Corps, but returned and played five years of professional baseball.

In 1950, Bob married Patricia Ivory in Springfield, Illinois, and they were blessed with 61 beautiful years together. After graduating from Miami University, he worked for 30 years at Fisher Body, retiring in 1983.

Camping, traveling, golfing and gardening filled his retirement, but his true joys in life were his family, home, and church where he was an active life-long member of St. Peter-in-Chains Church, and also a member of K of C #968, and the Isaac Walton League of America.

Bob is survived by his wife, Patsy, his grandson, Craig (Kim) Hinkel, his granddaughter, Marcie (Jason) Ernst, great-grandchildren, Kathleen, Carson, and Cooper Hinkel, and Isabel, Gabrielle, and Paige Ernst; his nephew, Bill Brunner and his nieces Mary Elizabeth Sams, Agnes Ann Oberjohn, and Dottie Sue Meehan and their families.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Clem Jr. and sister-in-law, Agnes, and his dearest daughter, Kathy Hinkel.

Prayers will be Friday, August 14, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the Paul R. Young Funeral Home 3950 Pleasant Ave. Hamilton, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter-in-Chains Church with Fr. Ron Haft, celebrant.

Burial in St. Stephen Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Kathy Hinkel Scholarship Fund @ John Paul II, 9375 Winton Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45231 or St. Peter-in-Chains Church in Bob's memory. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of the ICU at Bethesda North Hospital for their excellent care.