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Ernest "Ernie" George Bruns

May 16, 1935 - April 13, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Ernest "Ernie" George  Bruns

Ernest "Ernie" George Bruns

Born: May 16, 1935
Died: April 13, 2021
Age: 85

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Ernest George Bruns, son of Peter E. and Marie (Schmidt) Bruns, was born on the family farm north of George, Iowa on May 16, 1935.  He received Christ as his only Lord and Savior at the age of 5.  He received his education in George, Iowa.  He served in the U.S. Army from November 1954 to November 1956.  Overseas time was spent in Germany.

     Ernie was married to Betty Slykhuis on November 27, 1956 in Ashton, Iowa.  She passed away on April 14, 1995 in Spencer, Iowa.

     Ernie worked in the Ford Garage in Worthington, MN for ten months and then moved to Sheldon, Iowa.  While they were in Sheldon, they attended Bethel Reformed Church and he served as Deacon two times and Elder three Times.  While in Sheldon he worked at the Ford Garage as a parts manager.  In November of 1965 he began his work as a Route Salesman for Wonder Bread.  In 1986 they moved to Spencer, IA.  After working for 30 years with Wonder Bread he retired in November of 1995.  He then worked as a part time custodian at Hope Reformed Church for three years.

     His daughter, son and his three grandchildren were the pride of his life.  He loved being with them and hearing their voice when they grew up and moved away.  Ernie enjoyed photography from developing his own pictures to digital photograph.

     He married Marlene Hulstein on September 26, 1998 in Spencer, Iowa.  He was a member of Hope Reformed Church in Spencer where he served as an Elder three times.  He enjoyed music, singing in the choir and being on a praise team.  He also served as a Grandparent Youth Sponsor for the Senior High Youth group starting in 2008 till 2012.

     He had a passion for volunteer work overseas as well as at home.  He worked with CRU in Russia, Spain, Turkey, China, France and Africa.  Helping to sponsor new languages of the film, Magdalena, Released from Shame, as well as going to Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya, Africa for the first showing was very dear to his heart.  He also helped sponsor the film in Madagascar.  He worked in Haiti, Mexico, and Nicaragua, and with other projects with the RCA, CRU, and CRWRC.  He also worked at Bible camps in Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, but most often at Inspiration Hills, which he called his Home in the Hills.  Sharing the love of Jesus in any way was important to him.

     He is survived by his wife, Marlene, a daughter, Linda of Sioux Falls, SD, a son Lyle of Sioux City, IA and three grandchildren, Brittney and husband Cory Vander Lugt from Sioux Falls, SD, Blake and wife, Stephanie Bruns from South Sioux City, NE, and Bailey and husband Evan Jensen from Oldham, SD, and one great grandson, Kinzer Vander Lugt, two great granddaughters, Keira Vander Lugt, and Rylan Jensen, a sister, Shirley, and husband Val Cudnoski of Lubbock, TX and other relatives and friends.

     Ernie passed away on April 13, 2021 at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 85.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Betty Bruns and his parent’s Peter and Marie Bruns.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.

Everyone is invited to fellowship together at a luncheon at the Church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are designated to:

Inspiration Hills
1242 280th St. 
Inwood, IA 51240

The services may be watched livestream on the Hope Reformed Church Website link below:

Pastor Russell Muilenburg
Blake Bruns
Brent Hulstein
Steve Slykhuis
Paul Abrahamson
Scott Schneidermann
Kory Roos

Honorary Casket Bearers
Brittney Vander Lugt
Bailey Jo Jensen
Will begin at 4:00 P.M., Friday, April 16, 2021 at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer with the family present from
4:00 to 6:00 P.M.
"His Eye Is On The Sparrow"
By Chris Gude
"Jesus Is All The World To Me"
By Steve Steele

Congregational Hymns
"In My Heart Rings A Melody"
"I'd Rather Have Jesus"

Pianist, Ray Meyer
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Linda, Lyle, I just saw this and my heart was sad. I have such great memories of our growing up in Bethel Church. Your dad was so kind and always had a smile on his face. My thoughts are with you.
- Jim De Kruif
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 7:50 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. We know you have wonderful memories of your precious time together.
Sincerely, Marcie &Bill Frevert”
- Marcie/Bill Frevert
Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 2:23 PM
“So sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. My sincere sympathy to you, Marlene and family.”
- Billie Muilenburg
Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:49 AM
“Marlene. Sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing . Our sympathies to you and family. ”
- Greg and Rita Hoffman
Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7:49 AM
“Dear Marlene, Along with you and so many others, we are heartbroken. Ernie was so welcoming to us when we first came to Hope. We loved visiting with him every week and looked forward to seeing him. He was truly one of a kind and touched so many people including us. We know Heaven is rejoicing and we are confident Jesus welcomed Ernie, saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Please know we are praying for you to feel God’s love and the prayers of many surrounding you in the difficult days ahead.”
- Tim and Mary Frank
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 12:14 PM
“All my love to the family of our dear Ernie! Or as Kala said, "Her Ernie". What a very special man he was to all who were fortunate to come into contact with him. He is a person we should all try to be more like. How happy I am that Ernie is now in Heaven. How he is going to love it! Maybe there is a tree that needs trimming up there, he will be the first one in line to take care of it! Marlene, I am thinking and praying for you. Love you so!!! Kristi”
- Kristi Carpenter
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:57 AM
For some reason, I decided to read Ernie's obit...and saw that he was your hubby. I guess I never really knew his name.
My prayer is:
That kind and caring words will comfort you.
And that slowly, time will heal you.
Then those warm memories will sustain you and help ease your sorrow.
May God wrap his arms around you now and always. ”
- Audrey (DeBerg) Schmidt
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:57 AM
“We fondly remember Ernie. What a wonderful man he was. May you be comforted in knowing he is now home with the Lord.”
- Russ and Onalee Wright
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:05 AM
“Aunt Marlene, we are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed the visits we were able to have with Uncle Ernie. Well done, good and faithful servant.”
- Sean & Stacy Cudnoski
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 8:05 AM
“Our love and to you Marlene! Ernie was such a wonderful, fun, giving, God-filled man. We have so manny wonderful memories of our friendship formed at Inspiration Hills. We are sure that Ernie’s “woohoo’s” are echoing through heaven!!”
- Terry and Laura Dozark
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:21 PM
“I have so many great memories of seeing Ernie and Marlene working alongside each other at Inspiration Hills. Ernie shared a great testimony by his words and actions. I will never forget the faith I saw in him. I was one of the many touched by his presence, humility, and faith. Praise be to God for how the Lord used him for His glory! ”
- Kristi Palsma
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:57 AM
“Marlene, we were introduced though Lorraine. I wish you and family God's care and blessings. I pray He will wrap His arms around you, dry your tears and in His time, bring you His tender peace. This is so difficult to go thru but He will help you and just ask Him & He will comfort you. I am so sorry. We seldom are completely prepared, but we will always have Him to be with us.”
- Dolores Hatfield
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“To Ernies family and friends , I send my deepest condolences for your loss. Ernie was my bread man from Wonder Bread.. he and Bob were the best.. I so enjoyed my early Koffee Kup Kafe conversations with Earnie! God Speed Ernie. A good man who will be missed. ”
- Rhonda Nelson
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:56 AM
“What a joy and honor it was to know Ernie this side of eternity. We are so grateful for his truly generous heart and infectious joy. What an incredible testimony Ernie was. Praise God for such an example of faithfulness! We pray that the Lord will provide Marlene and family much comfort during this very sad time.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-5”
- Joel and Leah Frank
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5:05 PM
“Marlene and family, we are so sorry for your loss!! We all loved Ernie, his comebacks he would tell you when you would ask how he was doing always made me chuckle! We will miss the Amen in church!! As sad as we all are to lose Ernie, just think of the rejoicing that happened when he entered the gates and hugged his Savior!! Well done good and faithful servant!! ”
- Mark, Kristal and Sam Jensen
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:50 PM
“Marlene and Family, Ernie was such a blessing to the men's morning Bible study, each Monday. We all learned from him and enjoyed his wisdom and insight. He was a trooper, and we will miss him dearly.”
- Bill Kersting
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“Oh, how we loved Ernie; Jesus loves him even more! ”
- Susan & Tim Christensen
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 1:15 PM
“Marlene, I am deeply saddened by the news of Ernie. Prayers for comfort and peace. ”
- Brenda Griffin
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:49 AM
- Joan Johnson
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:24 AM
“So very sorry for loss of Ernie - you both are such a wonderful couple! He will truly be missed! God bless your family in your time of need- Shirley Dykshoorn ”
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“Ernie was one of the nicest persons I have known, beginning almost 25 years ago and eventually as a condominium neighbor for 20 years. He was a gentleman of many talents and a detailed man with good thoughts and ideas ... a great guy.”
- Clark Marshall
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“Marlene, Ernie was such a wonderful person. He brought a smile to my face anytime I saw him. And he left a lasting impact on my adult children when they were in youth group. Many prayers from our family to yours. ”
- Jessica and John Amendt
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:51 AM
“Marlene, I just heard!! Sending my condolences & HUGS to my favorite teacher!!! I will miss Ernie's teasing and his smile. He was such a great guy!!! Love you!!!”
- Jamie Elbert
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:46 PM
“Marlene and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Ernie! What a great guy. I'm happy that you found each other and enjoyed your retirement years together. He'll be missed by all! Sending hugs and prayers! ”
- Steve and Pam Galm
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