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OBIT: David “Dave” Brunner

David D. Brunner, age 79, of Osage, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at MCRHC with family by his side.

David D. Brunner, age 79, of Osage, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at MCRHC with family by his side.

Funeral services will be at 10:30a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osage with Pastor Bruce Kaltwasser officiating. Burial will follow at the Osage Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Osage and continue one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Home, Osage, IA.

Dave Brunner was born on February 23, 1943, the son of Adolf and Elizabeth “Elsie” Brunner in Riceville, IA. He was raised on a farm near Riceville. Dave was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Riceville. He graduated from Riceville High School in 1961. Dave joined the Iowa National Guard, proudly served his country for 10 years, and was honorably discharged at the rank of First Lieutenant.

Dave was united in marriage to Norma Rowcliffe on June 12 of 1966. Dave and Norma made their home together in Osage, IA. They were blessed with two children, Patty Hemann and Annette “Netty” Brunner. Dave worked at White Farm Equipment, Winnebago Industries, and Faith Lutheran Home.

Dave was very active in the community. He was a member of the Osage Conservation Club serving as an officer for many of those years. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Home Board of Directors serving as President for many years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as a Trustee and Deacon. He started the Tape Ministry by sharing the weekly church service with shut-ins. He was a volunteer and active member at the CRC and Event Center in Osage. He and Norma walked every weekday possible and made new friends at every visit. He was the Saints biggest fan, first following his grandchildren and continuing to follow all the athletics even after their graduation.

Dave was passionate about helping others. He was the first to lend a hand when someone needed help or assistance. Dave also enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and camping, especially in Decorah. He had a ready smile and never met a stranger. His biggest passion was being his family’s biggest fan and supporter. He was his grandchildren’s greatest fan, often beating the bus to the games.

Dave is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma; children, Patty (Andy) Hemann and Netty Brunner; grandchildren: Kayla (Josh) Burke, Scott (Nicole) Hemann, Kristen Hemann (Brady Bolkema), and Emily Hemann (Jacob Helmuth); great-grandchildren, Sebastian and Scarlett Burke and Sophia Hemann; Godchild, Bill Rowcliffe; brothers Adolph (Carol Lou) Brunner and Richard (Linda) Brunner; as well as nieces, nephews, many relatives, and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Adolf and Elsie Brunner; and his father and mother-in-law, Walter and Eythel Rowcliffe.

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