Robert Bruce Brunson
June 2, 1921 – August 8, 2019
Estes Park resident Bob Brunson died Thursday August 8, 2019 at his Good Samaritan Village apartment. Robert Bruce Brunson was born June 2, 1921 in Abilene, KS. His parents were Elmer and Alice (Jones) Brunson. Bob grew up on a small dairy farm near Leavenworth, KS where he went to high school and became an Eagle Scout. After high school, Bob attended Kansas State Agriculture School before joining the Navy. In 1942, he graduated from Corpus Christi Naval Air Station with wings as a Naval Aviator. Bob flew Corsairs off the USS Enterprise with the first US Navy night fighter squadron. After returning stateside, he was assigned as a night-fighter instructor and later Chief Engineering Test Pilot in Vero Beach, FL. Bob graduated from Kansas State University in 1949 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His engineering career took him around the world including projects in Israel and Algeria. Bob was active with the National Ski Patrol and the Colorado Mountain Club. He later became a long-time member of the SkiMeisters (a group of active seniors) and was honored to still be skiing at the age of 90. He also enjoyed hiking, backpacking and tennis. Bob volunteered at Rocky Mountain National Park and he enjoyed the Big Horn Brigade, Chow Busters, Elk Bugling, front desk staff, and participating in the preservation of our natural resources. Bob was also a member of the Aviation Club, the Rotary Club of Estes Park, the Duck Race Committee, and a Farmer’s Market volunteer. In 2013, Bob was honored as the Rotarian of The Year. He was Co-Organizer with Vern Mertz of the Honor Flights of Northern Colorado. Bob is survived by his three children; Caroline Bull (Steven Anderson) of Brainerd, MN, David Brunson (Marilynn) of Madison, WI, and Rebecca Heimark (Gary) of Aitkin, MN and 10 grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his siblings; Virginia Leever of Findley, OH, Richard Brunson of Santa Fe, NM, and Edith Rasmussen of Kalamazoo, MI and many nieces and nephews. To the end, Bob maintained his love of flying. He skydived at the age of 82. Bob enjoyed many friendships, whether over a cup of coffee, a club project, volunteering in the Park, hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing, or flying. Bob felt blessed and thankful to have had a very wonderful life and anticipated a new adventure without a cumbersome body. He also knew he would not be able to report back on this next great adventure. At Bob’s request there will be no funeral, but a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Mountain Conservancy in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Avenue Estes Park, CO 80517.
Rocky Mountain Conservancy
In Care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave , Estes Park, Colorado 80517
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Robert Bruce Brunson
August 18, 2019
Bob was such a fine gentleman, & everybody loved Bob. He always welcomed all the SkiMeisters to Estes Park each year for showing off the elk that he helped manage. We all have many fine memories shared with Bob, skiing, hiking, canoeing, & those after-ski parties. His love of life, humor, & good nature will be sorely missed.
August 17, 2019
I met Bob some 18 yrs or so ago when I joined Ski Meisters & someone introduced me to this other Navy Pilot. From that time forward we became good friends. We skied together, but spent even more time flying together. Bob loved to fly with me in my little RV-4. It brought back many great memories he had when he was a Navy Fighter Pilot. We took many group flying trips to Navy bases on the west coast, did low level flights throughout the west, and many formation flights with other military pilots. I had flight controls in the rear seat so Bob could do the flying. Many a times, as soon as the aircraft lifted off the ground I would say "Bob, you've got it", he would say "I've got it" and away we would fly.
I will miss Bob a lot. He was a special person, and a significant part of my Colorado life. He was an inspiration to all of us aviators flying out of KGNB (Granby, CO).
"You've got it Bob"..........I know he has.........Best, Rod
August 16, 2019
Bob and I were SkiMeister friends for many years. My husband and I often stayed over with Bob at his Estes home & hiked, biked and skied with him. He was a very special friend.