Bruner, Thomas Green (May 6, 1855 - April 29, 1939)



Douglas Budget - May 4, 1939

Thomas Green Bruner, a prominent rancher of the LaBonte section for nearly 40 years passed away at his ranch on Saturday night about 9 o'clock. He had been in ill health for several months, having sought relief in Indiana not long ago, returning to Converse County a few weeks ago. Since this time he sank rapidly. He was 83 years of age.

"Grandpa" Bruner and his life had gained an enviable reputation for hospitality and kindness. Mrs. Bruner who survives is afflicted by blindness and infirmity but nevertheless has a host of friends who are drawn to her by her cheerful and pleasing personality. The couple were beloved by all who knew them.

Thomas G. Bruner was born May 6, 1855 near Hope, Indiana, the son of Charles and Eliza Bruner. He was educated and grew to manhood in that community. At the age of 27 he moved to Dow City, Iowa where he worked as a farm hand and where on Aug. 6, 1885 he was united in marriage to Martha Comfort Whaley. With his family he came to Wyoming in the fall of 1901 and engaged in the livestock business in the Upper LaBonte in which he was successful. He retired from active labor in 1923 when he bought a home in California and lived there until 1933. He returned again to his ranch on the LaBonte where he remained most of the time since.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruner celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1935. Surviving are aside from his widow, a son Ferris who is managing the ranch property, a sister, Mrs. Sarah Brainley, of Zionsville, Indiana; a step-daughter, Mrs. Susie Helsley of Denison, Iowa and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters and two sons.

Funeral services were conducted Mon. p.m. at the Methodist Church with Rev. H.C. Crisman in charge. Paulbearers (sic) were Joe Dunn, James Willox, Charles Field. (Maybe some missing?)


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