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Arthur Harold Brunner

January 1, 1926 February 3, 2019
Arthur Harold Brunner
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Brunner, Arthur Harold Sr. of Royal Oak passed away on February 3rd 2019 at Ascension Macomb Oakland Hospital-Warren Campus. He was born in Detroit on January 1st, 1926 to the late George and Lina Brunner. Beloved husband of Shirley Brunner (nee Plichta). Loving father of Pat (Nancy) Brunner, Elaine (Tom) Leitch, Dave (Doreen) Brunner, Heidi Brunner and the late Arthur H. Brunner Jr. Dear grandfather of Allison (Daniel) Wood, Andrew (LeAnn Casey) Brunner, Derek Leitch, Joshua Leitch, Amanda (Jay) Golden, Bridget (Kevin) Gearin, Chad (Lisa Chambers) Brunner, Amy (Jeff) Nurnberg and Luke (Meghan) Brunner. Caring great grandfather of Annabella, James, Addison, Callum, Morgan, Brody, Reed, Aulaura, Owen and Anna. He will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends.
Art had two older brothers and a younger sister. His oldest brother was serving his country in WWII and lived in Japan & Germany. His other brother was mentally challenged due to a fall at a young age. Art was in 8th grade when they lost their father. Art had to quit school and get a job to help is mother support the family. He found a job at J.C. Electric in Detroit, MI. He worked there for a couple of years.
The Korean War (also known as “The Forgotten War”) started in 1950. Art was drafted in the Army and spent time in Europe and Germany. At the end of the war in 1953, he came home to Detroit, Mi. and resumed working at the same job he left, as an electrician in Detroit Mi. which then moved to Roseville, Mi. The time he spent in the war and upon his return home, he was always helping his mother and mentally challenged brother.
In March of 1957 he went to a dance in Detroit where he met and danced with a divorced woman who had three children. They dated for a few months and in July of 1957 they were married and remained together for 62 years.
The children were attending school and to stop the confusion of their last names Art decided it was time to adopt the three children. In 1957 all 3 children were adopted at the ages of 3,8, and 10. Art & his wife later had 2 more children. He loved each of the children equally as his own, until the day he died.
Throughout his marriage, raising children, and work, he still found time to check in on his mother and mentally challenged brother. He also always found time to help neighbors and friends.
In 1971 he went to night school and received his GED from Kimball High school in Royal Oak, Mi. Art had no interest in sports. He enjoyed square dancing with his wife and friends, gardening, swimming &, camping. Shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July was always a highlight for him. He loved to play jokes on his family and friends.
Art decided to retire after 48 years of employment. Art & his wife enjoyed going out to breakfast every morning with friends and met many new friends as time went on.
Art was the most loving, caring, and gentle man you could ever meet. He helped everyone his entire life, beginning at the young age of 14. There is no doubt, this man deserves the biggest set of angel wings that heaven could ever make to help him on his journey. He will remain in everyone’s hearts and will never be forgotten.


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