Friday, December 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at
Prairieland Christian Church in Hartsburg
Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church
Russell Dean Bruns, 90, passed away
at 2:03 a.m. on Monday December 3, 2018 at Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.
Dean was born on February 6, 1928 in Hartsburg, son
of Edgar and Cecil (Musgrove) Bruns. He married
Betty Groth on July 6, 1947 in Lincoln. She preceded
him in death in 1995.
Dean is survived by his children: Gayla (John)
Hughes of Riverton and Randall (Debra) Bruns of
Lincoln; four grandchildren: Brandon (Jessica)
Wibben, Drew Wibben, Justin (Elizabeth) Bruns, and
Blair Bruns; two great granddaughters: Emmalene and
Olivia Wibben. He was preceded in death by his
parents and wife.
Dean was a life-long member of Hartsburg United
Methodist Church and attended Prairieland Christian
Church in Hartsburg. Dean graduated Hartsburg High
School in 1945 as Class President. Later he served
nine years on the school board and in 1947 he was
the Alumni Association President. Dean proudly
served in the United States Army from 1954-1956.
Dean assisted with the Logan County Fair for 70
years, 35 years serving on the board, and for the
last 24 years and currently he has been the
President of The Logan County Fair. In 2006 at the
Illinois State Fair from the Illinois Association of
Ag, the Governor presented Dean with the Outstanding
County Fair Person of the Year for 62 years of
Dean was also very active in Lay
Witness Missions, where he coordinated over 200
missions in 147 churches for 37 years in the Central
U.S., Alaska, and Florida.
He was involved in the establishment
and construction of Camp Griesheim Christian Retreat
Center; he also served on Camp Griesheimís board for
35 years. He also served on the board of Hartsburg
Grain Company, where he served on the board for 34
years, Vice President for 22 years, and President
for 12 years.
In 2011, Dean was named Lincoln Courierís July
Citizen of the Month. Dean was also very active in
music and entertainment including: Lincoln College
Community Choir member from 1950-1954, Hartsburg
Emden Community Choir Chairman, Bloomington
Barbershop member for three years, Hartsburg
Centennial Chairman in 1971, and Hartsburg
Quasquicentennial Entertainment Co-Chairman in 1996.
Services for Dean will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday
December 8, 2018 at Prairieland Christian Church in
Hartsburg, with Joe Sanders officiating. Visitation
will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday December 7, 2018
also at the church and one hour prior to the service
on Saturday (10:00-11:00 a.m.). Burial at Hartsburg
Union Cemetery will follow the service, where full
military rites will be accorded by the American
Legion Post #263.
Memorials may be made in Deanís name to Camp
Griesheim Christian Retreat Center or the Logan
County Fair Foundation.
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home in Lincoln.
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