Richard Brunke  December 5 2023

Richard Brunke December 5 2023

December 5 2023
Richard Brunke, 83, of Grayslake IL & Minocqua WI, formerly of Waukegan IL, peacefully passed away on December 5, 2023, at Integrated Hospice in Libertyville IL. He is survived by his wife Connie Brunke (née Edwards). They celebrated 61 years of marriage in September.
Dick graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1957 and then enlisted in the US Army. He was active reserve for 8 years. Upon completing his first 6 months of active duty, he was hired by Illinois Bell Telephone Company, where he was employed for 35 years. Dick had various positions leading to managerial status. Following the phone company, he was employed by the City of Waukegan Public Works Department for 14 years as the electrical foreman.
Upon retirement, Dick was able to spend time at his home in Minocqua WI, an area he loved since childhood. His special interest included woodworking of which he created many beautiful pieces of furniture that are cherished by his family. Dick was always willing to help others in times of need with his mechanical abilities. He was a life member of AT&T Pioneers and active with the YMCA in the past with Indian Guides & Indian Princesses.
In addition to his wife Connie Brunke, he is survived by his daughter, Susan Brunke; son, Robert ‘Bob’ Brunke (Paula); 6 grandchildren, Katherine Rybak, John Stuligross, Matthew Stuligross, Daniel Stuligross, Rachel Brunke, and Lauren Brunke; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Brunke; nephews; and many special friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents Robert & Lucille Brunke; grandparents, Richard & Matilda Brunke and Henry & Clara Camp.
Visitation and Funeral Mass will both take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at St. Gilbert Catholic Church, 301 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. Visitation begins at 9:30 am. Mass begins at 11:00 am, it will be livestreamed and a link will be available on this page. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Richard Brunke may be made to support sarcoma research under the direction of Dr. Pedro A. Hermida de Viveiros at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Please mail your gifts to the attention of Ms. Ashley Lough, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Development & Alumni Relations, 420 E. Superior Street, 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611. Please include on the memo line of the check the following designation: In memory of Richard Brunke. For more information, or to make your gift by phone using a credit card, please contact Ashley Lough at Northwestern University at 312.503.0759.
Memorial donations may also be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Richard Brunke December 5 2023.

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