Bruner, Archie Thomas (April 2, 1921 - December 31, 2004)

Archie Thomas Bruner

Douglas Budget - January 7, 2004

Funeral services for longtime member of the LaBonte community, Archie Thomas Bruner, 82, will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Gorman Funeral Home-Converse Chapel with Jim Willox and John Pexton as the eulogists. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Bruner died Dec. 31, 2003, near his ranch home southwest of Douglas.

He was born April 2, 1921, to Ferris Bruce and Mary Katherine (Dunn) Bruner at Fort Fetterman in the ranch house of his grandparents, Philip and Lenora Dunn. The old ranch house is now the visitors center.

He grew up on the Bruner Ranch on Mill Creek, a tributary of LaBonte Creek. He attended the Blackbridge School through the eighth grade and graduated from Douglas High School in 1939.

He learned to play the guitar and was member of the LaBonte Quartette dance band, playing for many dances all over the county. Members of the band were his father, Ferris, sister, Sibyl, and Lawrence Prager. He enjoyed agriculture and helping his father and the neighbors. He helped build the LaBonte Community Hall and served on the board. He had a great mechanical ability. One of his greater accomplishments was building Duke, a ranch hand/hay stacker that was better than storebought. Since 1970 he operated the Bruner Ranch, raising Hereford cattle.

He is survived by one brother, Charles P. Bruner and wife Mary; sister, Sibyl Bruner Prager and husband, Lawrence; nieces, Barbara Prager Billingsley, Rita Prager, and Marie Bruner Koppa all of Douglas; nephews, Jim Bruner of Dubois, Bill Bruner of Wheatland, Philip Bruner and Norman Prager both of Douglas; Tom Bruner of Mesa, Ariz., and Larry Prager of Belle Fourche, S.D.

Pallbearers will be Jim Bruner, Bill Bruner, Philip Bruner, Norman Prager, Larry Prager and Vern Billingsley.

A memorial donation to the charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

Gorman Funeral Home-Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 8.

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