Theodore “Bud” H. Bruhn, 99, of Glenwood, died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at Glenwood Village Care Center.
A funeral service celebrating Bud’s life was held on Monday, Dec. 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove Lake. Pastor Ron Jobe officiated. Interment was in Grove Lake Cemetery, Grove Lake. Arrangements were with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood.
Theodore “Bud” Herman Bruhn was born on April 7, 1920, in Alberta. He was the fourth of eight children born to Herman and Kathleen (Heuer) Bruhn. Bud grew up on the family farm near Lake Emily in Waldon Township, which is located in Pope County, between Starbuck and Hancock. He attended country school through the 8th grade and then helped his father and his Uncle Pete farm. In the 1930s, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work relief program that gave millions of young men employment on environmental projects during the Great Depression.
As a young man, Bud was drawn to a cute gal on a neighboring farm. Her name was Ella Mae Sievert. She and Bud worked together at Parker House in Glenwood before their engagement and wedding on June 18, 1941. They first made their home in Saint Paul where Bud worked for a foundry. Less than five months after they married, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II. Bud was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1942. After basic training, Ella moved to wherever Bud was stationed in the U.S. One of those places was Clovis, N.M., where the two lived for an extended period of time. Bud was eventually activated to combat duty in Italy, where he fought in the North Apennines Campaign along the Po Valley, the ninth-most lethal American battle by estimated number of Americans killed (8,486 killed). Feeling lucky to have survived, he returned to the U.S. and, after his honorable discharge he and Ella settled in Glenwood, eventually purchasing a farm near Grove Lake in 1952.
After moving to their farm, Bud and Ella were blessed with the birth of their son, Roger. The first 27 years on the farm they earned their living raising, tending and milking dairy cows. The installation of an irrigation system on their property in 1964 enabled them to switch to cash crop farming, growing potatoes, green beans and corn for Green Giant. Ella died in 1985, after 44 years of marriage. Bud continued to reside on the farm until 2018 when he moved to Ridgewood Villa, then Parkview Court, and eventually Glenwood Village Care Center, where he died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, having lived to the age of 99 years.
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