Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point, with Dwaine Habrat officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary Catholic Church Cemetery in Custer.
Visitation will be at the chapel from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Brunner was born June 5, 1917, in Cloverton, Minn., a son of the late John and Maude (Sweeney) Brunner. As a child his family moved to the Custer area. He graduated from Central State Teachers College (now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) with a degree in mathematics.
He was married to Eleanor Breeden on Aug. 29, 1942, in Red Bank, N.J. She died in 2007.
He entered the National Guard in September of 1941 and was active with them until his enlistment in active duty with the U.S. Army on Oct. 16, 1942. He served as a first lieutenant in Rhineland and Central Europe, with the Signal Corps in Germany, and in the Battle of the Bulge. He earned the American Theater Ribbon with two Overseas Service Bars, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, Victory Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and a Meritorious Unit Badge American Defense Ribbon. He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1946.
The couple settled in Junction City and he began his career with the Soo Line Railroad as a telegrapher. He and his family moved to Stevens Point and he worked at the railroad until his retirement as a dispatcher in 1975.
The couple spent winters in Arizona.
Survivors include two sons, Steven (Jacquie), Iron Mountain, Mich., and Neil (Linda), Stockton, Mo.; one daughter, Jane (Frank) Colli, Lodi, Calif.; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers.