Marvin D. Bruning

Oct 10, 1922 - Jun 9, 2014

Marvin D. Bruning, 91, of Oak Harbor, died Monday evening, June 9, 2014, in Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Fla., near Clearwater, Fla. 

He was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Pemberville, Ohio, to Alfred and Dora (Ernsthausen) Bruning. Marvin was inducted into the Navy, trained under the Coast Guard, and then served his country in World War II as a Merchant Marine.

On Aug. 12, 1950, in Pemberville, he married Alma D. Snyder and she preceded him in death Aug. 13, 2007. 

Marvin worked at the former Brush-Wellman in Elmore, Ohio, for 20 years as an engineer, and in 1993 retired as an independent insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance Company. He was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor, where he served as Church council president and Sunday School superintendent. Marvin and Alma retired to Clearwater, Florida, in 1993.

He is survived by his daughters, Kathleen (Kenneth) Starkey of Oak Harbor, Carol "Penny" Butts of Powell, Ohio, and Connie Bruning of Ann Arbor, Mich.; grandchildren, Michael (Nancee) Starkey, Matthew (Nicky) Starkey, Mark Starkey, Martin (Christina) Starkey, Ashlee Witucki and Sherman Butts Jr.; great-grandchildren, Shelby, Sarah and Samantha Starkey, Taylor Witucki, Brooklynn Starkey, Almalee “Hayden” Starkey; and siblings, Fran Konz, Merlon Bruning, Rella (Jim) Kehl. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alma; son, M. Chris Bruning; granddaughter, Sheryl R. Butts; brother, Mark Bruning; and sister, Bernice Ebert.

Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 165 E. Water St., Oak Harbor. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 16, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa St., Oak Harbor. A luncheon will be served immediately after the service. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 p.m., at Fish Cemetery, New Rochester, Ohio with military honors conducted. 

Memorial contributions for Marvin may be directed to St John Evangelical Lutheran Church, or Honor Flight, at 

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