Herbert Waldemar Bruch
18 July, 1927 – 12 November, 2020
Herbert “Herb” Waldemar Bruch, 93 passed away in his sleep at home on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia. He was born July 18th, 1927 to Frank and Amanda Bruch in Fairbank, Iowa.
After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1951 he married Georgia Marie Peters on June 2nd.
He served in various disbursing, supply and logistic positions both stateside and abroad. He attended the Navy Supply Corps School in Bayonne, N.J., the Navy Transportation School in Oakland, CA. and earned his M.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1965. He retired from the United States Navy with the rank of CDR after 22 years of service.
After his military career he joined the National Petroleum Refiners Association as the Technical Director where he worked for 20 years. Herb and Georgia, retired to Reedville, VA., where they served as docents at the Reedville Fisherman’s museum and were active church members at Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Callao, VA.
He is survived by his 3 children (Mark Bruch, Amanda McNeil and Lindsley Murphy), 7 grandchildren (Eric, Jordan, Tyler, Matt, Caroline, Alison and Taylor), 2 great-grandchildren (Michael and Madison), along with his twin brother and wife, Harold and Betty Bruch. He was preceded in death by his wife and 2 sons; Eric and John.
A small, private graveside service will be held at Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.
Herbert Waldemar Bruch
17 November 2020
Dear Lindsley, Amanda, and Mark,
I am so sad to hear of the passing of your father. He was a great friend to my dad and very special to all the neighbors on DeWolfe Drive back in the day, young and old. I have great memories of both your parents, but today I am remembering the tiny little folding bicycle your dad would gleefully ride in the neighborhood Fourth of July parade. He was full of life! And he was one of the most special adults in my childhood. Your mother was another. They were truly a blessing.
I pray for comfort for you all as you remember good times.
Linda Hulburt Aldridge
15 November 2020
Lindsley, Mark, Amanda and extended family,
Your Dad and Mom were such a remarkable couple and friend to so many here in the Northern Neck. They perfectly complimented each other and always had numerous 'life experience' story to share at bible class each week, which they hosted at their home. I can hear your Mom with her 'Oh, Herb!' while he cut his twinkling eyes and chuckled back at her. I'll carry them in my heart forever.
We had them in our prayers this morning at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and after the service, I visited a moment with Georgia.
It is appropriate that we rejoice. They are no longer apart.
Kris Bruch Nunemaker
14 November 2020
To my Bruch Cousins,
I'm so sorry to hear of Uncle Herbs passing. I always felt blessed and honored to have him as my Godfather. He came to his brother Don's house one day and walked around the house and talked funny words, which we learned were German. He sang oh Tannenbaum in German, I so loved it and his voice. He sent me a puppet from Germany one year for Christmas, my siblings were jealous. Herb and Harold were making the rounds through Iowan one year and they stopped by to see me. I just loved having the twins here. Thier smiles were heartwarming. Even though I did not spend enough time knowing him the way I should have, I am ever so grateful to get a bear hug from him. So to you three, I write my condolences for the loss of your father and may he rest in peace. Your Iowan cousin, Kris Bruch Nunemaker
Lea Ann Yasbek (Loos)
12 November 2020
Dear Amanda, Lindsley and Mark,
I am very sorry for the loss of your father.
Though we have never met, I just wanted to express to you that
Uncle Herb was always my favorite of the Bruch clan and I have very fond memories of when he would visit my mom and Aunt Hertha in Chicago when I was a child; I even remember him in his naval uniform one time, and when he and your Mom came to visit me in California after I had my first of four children.
He was also there when my Mom died and was a great comfort and support to me at that time.
To me, he was always special and he always showed me affection and made me feel special.
Please know that Uncle Herb and you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
Katherine Bruch Martinson
12 November 2020
Our hearts go out to the family. Herb and Dad sounded so alike that if we were not facing them, it was hard to know who was talking. We heard stories of how the twins tried passing themselves off as the other. The memories of their shared birthday parties in their later years are treasures for all of us. We will miss Herb but know he is at peace.
Katherine Bruch Martinson family