Obituary: Robert Bruggeman

Robert “Bob” Bruggeman, 86, of Sabetha, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, at the Sabetha Manor, where he had been a resident for three months.

Bob was born on July 9, 1936, in Joliet, Ill., to Robert Frederick Bruggeman and Virginia (Poulsen) Bruggeman. He spent his childhood in Fort Pierce, Fla. He moved to Tonganoxie, Kan., with his mother and brother, Ronnie, in 1950 and graduated from Tonganoxie High School in 1954.

He married Wanda Nell Davis on Jan. 26, 1958, in Tonganoxie. They made their home in Lawrence until he was drafted into military service with the U.S. Army in 1959. He served in the Army in military intelligence in Frankfurt, Germany, for two years. Upon his honorable discharge in 1961, they moved to Sabetha where he worked at Davis Hardware Store.

Bob and Wanda welcomed two sons, Robert Christian and Craig Davis. Bob worked at Wenger Manufacturing from 1980 until his retirement. He was also the owner of Bob’s Appliance Service for 40 years.

Bob dedicated his generous nature to the community through service – as a universal blood donor for 30 years and teaching Kansas Hunter Safety courses to the Sabetha community for 50 years. He was a member of the Sabetha Jaycees and the Sabetha United Methodist Church.

A calm, generous and thoughtful man, he loved his wife, sons and grandchildren well. He performed many acts of kindness throughout his life, whether it was time, a good visit or fixing any appliance when called upon. His good luck at the casino was legendary in his family, and he will be missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; his wife, Wanda Bruggeman, on April 18, 2005; and his brother, Ronald, in 2020.

He is survived by his two sons, Christian (Kim) Bruggeman of Edmond, Okla., and their three daughters, Amanda (Anthony) Audo, and Madeline and Amelia of Royce City, Texas, Katie Francis of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Kayla (Parker) Case and Sutton and Palmer of Edmond, Okla.; and Craig (Krista) Bruggeman of Sabetha, and their two sons, Ross (Kelsey) Bruggeman and Ellie, Emerson and Ivy of Sabetha, and Reid (Whitney) Bruggeman and Robert “RJ” Bruggeman of Bellevue, Neb.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at the Popkess Mortuary Chapel in Sabetha with military honors by the Sabetha VFW Post No. 7285. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service time at the mortuary. A private inurnment at the Albany Cemetery will follow at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sabetha Youth Baseball and Softball programs, sent in care of Popkess Mortuary, 823 Virginia, Sabetha, Kansas 66534.

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The Sabetha Herald 11/16/2022


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