Raymond Brunke, 1938-2018

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Raymond Arthur Brunke, 79, of LaPorte, Indiana, who passed away Friday, January 5, 2018. 

He was born March 9, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois, to Carl and Ann (Bukovec) Brunke. On May 2, 1959, he married Anita Becker, who survives.

Ray served in the United States Army, six months active duty and two years in the reserves. He served his pattern maker’s apprenticeship at International Harvester in Melrose Park, Illinois. In 1969 he moved with his family to LaPorte to work for Teledyne Casting Service, where he loved working for 45 years.

He and his family have been members of St. Joseph Catholic Church since moving to LaPorte.

Ray was a social person who never met a stranger. No one enjoyed the company of friends or strangers more than Ray. He was always the first one ready and willing to help a neighbor. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, family, or friends, and was a skilled craftsman who always had a project going, whether outdoors or in his workshop.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Anita; one son, Thomas (Debra Smudde) Brunke of Glendale, Arizona; two daughters, Linda (Richard) Brunke Hurley of Glendale, Arizona, and Deborah (Jeffrey) Brunke Osman of Scottsdale, Arizona; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, LaPorte, with Reverend Ian Williams officiating. Family and friends may gather at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209; or Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

3 Responses to “Raymond Brunke, 1938-2018”

  1. May Gutmann Moore

    Jan 07. 2018

    Our father Heinz Gutmann always had such kind and admiring words of Ray. I know he thought of him as a good friend he met through work. Ray came to our fathers funeral and told us great stories we hadn’t heard! It was the first time we had met him and meant so much to us he was there and made us understand why my dad always talked of this Ray we had always heard about.

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  2. Kathy T

    Jan 07. 2018

    I’m sorry Anita; you and Ray seemed like such a close couple and I know you’ll miss him terribly.

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  3. Darla Q.

    Jan 11. 2018

    Anita I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing, he was a wonderful man he was always happy and smiling. I know you will miss him greatly keep quilting and if you want you are always welcome at the cabin with us. We are there if you just want to talk as well. My prayers and love go out to you. Darla

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