Bruegger Jr., Fred A. (Unknown - 2007)

Fred A. Bruegger Jr.

Douglas Budget - May 2, 2007

Memorial services were held May 1 at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds for Fred A. Bruegger, Jr. of Lusk.

The son of pioneer homesteading ranchers Fred and Martha Bruegger of Lusk. Fred was devoted to his large family, which included his wife, Jan, and their four sons; five surviving brothers and sisters; and 11 grandchildren.

A successful and progressive rancher, Fred was highly regarded in his community for his many technical skills, including expertise as a machinist and woodworker. He was a man of many passions, many of which he enjoyed with his family and friends. He was an accomplished private pilot. A highly successful trap shooter, he was inducted into the Wyoming Hall of Fame in 2003. He was a passionate outdoorsman and successful elk, deer and antelope hunter. He also enjoyed reading, planting and tending the trees on his ranch, watching western movies and dancing.

Fred was a founding member and past president of the Niobrara Sportsman Club, and was instrumental in the formation of the Torrington Trap Shooting Club. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, the American Trapshooters Association, and served his community as a 4-H Club leader and a trustee of the School Board.

Born in Lusk, Fred was a graduate of Lusk High School and briefly attended University of Wyoming in Laramie.

He is survived by his wife, Jan, and his sons and their wives, Shannon and Terri, Shawn and Kim, Tom and Traci and Travis and Lisa. His surviving siblings include sisters Madeline Grote of Harrison, Neb., Anna May Coots of Little Rock, Wash., Mary Rose Freeman of Hat Creek, Winnie Schippporeit of Canby, Ore., and brother Ed Bruegger of Lost Springs. He loved his 11 grandchildren, Bradyn, Colten, Jessica, Traylen, Kyle, Kassidy, Kayce, Thompson, Hailey, Ryan and Cory. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Martha Bruegger; his brother, Johnny; his sister, Margarete; and by his grandson, Keegan.

Following the memorial service, which was presided over by Pastor Chan Bayne, Fred was interned in the Lusk Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Niobrara County Library Foundation, P.O. Box 510, Lusk, 82225.

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