Bruner, Ferris Bruce (March 16, 1897 - January 29, 1988)

Ferris Bruner

Douglas Budget - February 4, 1988

Mass for Christian Burial for Ferris Bruner, 90, was Monday,, Feb. 1 at the St. James Catholic Church in Douglas with Father Philip Colibraro as the celebrant. Rosary was recited on Sunday, Jan. 31, 1988 at the Converse Funeral Chapel. Interment was in the family plot at the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Bruner died Friday, Jan. 29 at Michael Manor in Douglas. He was born March 16, 1897 at Denison, Iowa the adopted son of Thomas and Martha(Comfort)Bruner. The family moved to Wyoming in 1901 in a railroad car which contained the family, their team of horses, a milk cow, a sheep, and the pet dog and cat, as well as household belongings.

He attended school at various country schools in the LaBonte and Mill Creek area, south of Douglas. He worked on his parents' ranch as well as helping the neighbors put up hay and ride for cattle.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1918, but contracted the flu and was discharged. He was married to Mary Dunn on June 18, 1919 in Douglas, and they lived on the ranch on Mill Creek, and he also had a homestead there. They raised sheep and cattle.

He was a true jack-of-all-trades. He was a land surveyor, water commissioner, insurance salesman, had a grain threshing machine, shore sheep, and cut ice and wood for his neighbors, plus fiddling for many country dances. He was a long time member of the LaBonte Farm Bureau, and helped build the LaBonte Community Hall.

In 1970 they left the ranch and were caretakers of Natural Bridge Park until 1973. His wife, Mary died Oct. 8, 1973. He was a resident of McComb's Retirement Center and Michael Manor for the past three years.

He is survived by two sons, Charles and Archie Bruner both of Douglas; one daughter, Sibyl Prager of Douglas; nine grandchildren, Jim Bruner of Dubois, Bill Bruner of Cheyenne, Philip Bruner and Marie Koppa both of Denver, Colo., Tom Bruner of Mesa, Ariz., Barbara Billingsley and Rita Prager both of Douglas, Larry Prager of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Norman Prager of Gillette; and 13 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, Mary Gerlach and Hazel Hodges; one half-sister, Susan Helsley; and one great grandson, Brian Bruner.

Serving as pallbearers were Jim Bruner, Bill Bruner, Philip Bruner, Tom Bruner, Larry Prager, and Norman Prager.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Lisle Pexton, Charles Pexton, John Pexton, Ben LeVasseur, Orville Nicholls, Fred Grant, Jim Willox, Jim Clausen, Tom Johnson, Stan Lass, Dale Ballard, Art Fawcett, David Prager, and Beef Bolln.

A memorial to the Ranchers' Scholarship Memorial Fund would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.


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