March 26, 2013


Robert Peter Bruch, 71, of Gray, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Audubon.

Father Emmanuel Aguwoke, Father Lynn Bruch, Father James Bruch and Father Thomas Schultes will be officiating.

Burial will be in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Audubon.

Honorary casket bearers will be Austin Rash, Sean Bicknase, Bryce Tessman, Daniel Bierbrodt, Gary Umland, Mike Munch, Larry Kendle, Jim Venteicher, Howard Weitl, Marvin Thobe, Larry Hinners, Dennis Grimm, Gerald Irlbeck and Sue Wede.

Casket bearers will be Jonnie Meislahn, Mike Wede, Lony Haubrich, Larry Petersen, Mark Wede and Tom Vennink.

The family will meet with friends beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with a rosary at 4 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon.

Robert, son of Arthur Sr. and Regina (Grossman) Bruch, was born Feb. 9, 1942, in Carroll.

Robert was baptized and confirmed at St. John Catholic Church in Arcadia.

Robert attended St. John School in Arcadia and graduated from Kuemper High School with the Class of 1959.

After graduating Robert was employed at the Arcadia Co-op as a carpenter, helping construct many new homes and farm buildings in the Arcadia area.

On Jan. 18, 1964, he married Lois Kay Schultes at Sacred Heart Church in Templeton.

Three sons - Michael, Brian and Randy - were born to this union. Robert and Lois started farming south of Templeton.

In 1969, Robert and Lois started a farming partnership with Frank and Mary Ann Irlmeier and moved northwest of Gray, Iowa. In 1976, Robert and Lois purchased their farm and moved south of Gray, where they raised crops, livestock, and had a trucking business. Robert thoroughly enjoyed farming with his three sons and never officially retired.

Robert was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Audubon and served on the parish council. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus of Audubon/Exira. He was a past member of the Gray Fire Department and Gray Commercial Club. He was a present member of the Audubon T-Bone Committee.

Robert enjoyed his grandchildren and their many activities. Restoring classic farm tractors and helping his sons and grandchildren with shop and building projects was a passion of his.

Robert is survived by his sons: Mike and wife Becky Bruch, Brian and wife Nancy Bruch, Randy and wife Annette Bruch all of rural Audubon; his grandchildren: Katie and husband Daniel Bierbrodt, Nicole, Diana, Stacey, Dustin, Cole, Cody, Abby Bruch and his extraordinary companion Karen Vennink; his brothers and sisters: Anita and husband Cyril Venner, Carol and husband Jim Starman, Leo and wife Betty Bruch, Arthur Jr. (Bud) and wife Rita Bruch, Marvin and wife Rita Bruch; his mother-in-law Loretta Schultes; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Marilyn and husband Dennis Vonnahme; Leroy and wife Virginia Schultes, Larry and wife Pat Schultes, Marvin and wife Delores Schultes many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Bruch, in 2010; his parents, Arthur Sr. and Regina Bruch; his brother and sister-in-law Paul and Darlene Bruch; and his father-in-law John I. Schultes.