Robert Orville Bruno
November 18, 1925 – November 22, 2021
Robert Orville Bruno
Nov 18, 1925 - Nov 22, 2021
Robert “Bob” Bruno died peacefully of natural causes at home, surrounded by his family just a few days following his 96th birthday. Bob was another perfect example of a good man from the greatest generation. Bob was a dutiful son who loved his many siblings (Margaret, Maxine, Florence, Fern, Bill, Jerry, Janice and Harry). He joined the US Navy at age 17 and served his country well during WWII. He began a successful and enjoyable 40-year career with Northern Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern. His love of trains lasted a lifetime.
Early in his career, a work friend introduced him to Antoinette (Toni). He was smitten and she became the love of his life. During that time, Bob had taken up flying as a hobby and earned his license. He used that talent to woo Toni and it worked. They were married for 74 years. They had three daughters (Bobbee, Judy and Jayne), the oldest of whom was profoundly disabled following a serious illness contracted at 18 months old. They lovingly cared for her in their home for 47 years until her passing.
Bob shared his passion for trains with his family by taking them on many, memorable train excursions. Many holiday and summer vacations were celebrated with Bob’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Williams, and her husband Byron and their children Shannon and Jon.
During Bob’s work life he was a member of the Elk’s Club. When Bob retired early from the railroad, he kept busy in his retirement by participating in several civic and volunteer groups (St Vincent de Paul Society at St Cecilia Church, Exchange Club, Kiwanis Club of Cedar Hills and Meals on Wheels) where he made many good friends.
Bob and Toni were members of St Cecilia Catholic Church for nearly 50 years. They attended Sunday Mass reverently and Bob’s faith was as solid as a naval anchor. In recent years, Bob and Toni joined their daughters’ parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Bob’s life was dedicated to taking good care of his family. He will be forever remembered as a loving husband, a beloved father, a welcoming father-in-law first to Ray, then Steve and granddaughter in-law Tabitha, the world’s best grandpa for Jason and Carly and a proud great-papa for Ava and Jaxon.
If you wish, donations may be made to Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp or Meals on Wheels in lieu of flowers.
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