Neal K. Bruns

June 9, 1956December 16, 2018

Neal K. Bruns, 62, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, lovingly surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Kenneth and Ilif (Musser) Bruns in Angola, IN on June 9, 1956. Neal graduated from Elmhurst High School in 1974.

Neal was a kind, loving, patient, generous, humble, gentle, humorous, and tender-hearted soul.

With his unique talents and creative vision, Neal was a commercial photographer for over 35 years. He founded his business, Capture Photography, in 1999 and it has continually flourished for nearly 20 years. His passions were invested in his love for photography, restoring vintage cars, and playing drums in his band.

Neal is survived by his wife and business partner of 26 years, Shannon R. Bruns; daughters, Aubree Bruns and Samantha Bruns; 5 grandchildren; sister, Diane (Bob) Freeman; and a host of relatives and friends.

A private service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Celebration of Neal’s Life will be held with family, friends and colleagues at Union 12 Event Hall, on February 16, 2019, 2 to 6pm, 7563 East Lincolnway Road, Columbia City, Indiana 46725.

Our family asks that memorial gifts be made to Visiting Nurse, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814


Neal K. Bruns

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Dave Konow

December 27, 2018

Dave Konow,
I grew up two doors down from Neal he used to take pictures and we used to watch him develop the pictures we thought that was so cool. And one of many other memories were when him and his buddy's would play music on there patio. Any how god bless him.So sorry to here the news hang in there Diane.
Yours Truly,

Marie (Toepfer) Kanning

December 26, 2018

Neal was a student in the very first class that I ever taught. I was right out of school and taught 4th grade at Anthony Wayne School on the Covington Road. (This is now Canterbury School)

Neal was absolutely delightful. He was so cute and had a marvelous smile. Also Neal was smart, kind, very humorous and well behaved. In fact, he sat in the back of the room because I knew if I put him there he would still be good.

That class has alway been at the top of the list of my favorite classes. It had wonderful boys and girls that I will never forget. We learned and we had great times.

To Neal's family, I want to send my sympathies. I am sure he also made your times together very special. The Lord and the angels certainly welcomed Neal.

Marie Toepfer Kanning

Marie Toepfer Kanning

Wanda Jayne Colburn

December 22, 2018

Neal was an angel on Earth, and his work was truly his love made visible. I believe in my heart, his life long passion was his calling to shine a light on what God created all his subjects to be. I feel the lens of Neal's camera was from God's eye view. Neal was Blessed with the vision and talent to capture everything in its purest form. His photos highlighted everything from a common household tool, to a baby's smile at its peak, and exactly the way God designed it to perfection. I always marveled at how Neal knew exactly how to light a set, or evoke the perfect response, and at the perfect angle. He was so focused and antsy in-studio until he knew he had the "money shot." Then and only then, would you see the twinkle in his eye, and sense his relief. He gave us all such gifts, not only by his work, but by way of his kind, humble approach to life. Neal was pure class. He made everything from the watch he wore, to the homes he lived in, to the car he drove look like art, but in a graceful, self effacing way. He was ever grateful for his Blessings, and his warm soul made you feel happy, and at ease. His dedication to family and friends set an example, and though he left us all too soon, his life was well lived, and his calling well served. His seat in God's angel army is deserved. He touched us all beyond measure by leaving us God's view of who we are, and were designed to be. I will miss him very much, but feel lucky to have known him and his beautiful family for the better part of my life. Neal shared alongside me some of the greatest triumphs in life, and left enduring images to treasure. Rest easy old friend, your time here was so well spent. Tell Ken & Ilif love them dearly. To Diane, Shannon, Aubree, Samantha and the grandchildren, I pray that God wraps you all in His warm blanket of love to get you through this very sad time. Your brother, husband, father and grandfather has eagle's wings and will always be watching over you. God Bless.

Ken Cooper

December 19, 2018

I first met Neal at an Outdoor Living Photo Shoot in the summer of 2012. We quickly became very good friends and developed a wonderful relationship along with his wife Shannon and my wife Gayle.

Over the next 6 years we enjoyed countless numbers of get togethers, celebrations, dinner parties, joyrides in the 914 - all kinds of things! We loved going to Takaoka together as well as Paula's On Main. Other times we simply enjoyed dining at our house with the fireplace going and our Springer Spaniels (first Charlie then Alex) doing their best to climb all over our guests and beg for Shannon's yummy deserts!

And if course there was our mutual love of music! Neither one of us could ever get enough - recorded or live! Together we got to see Ringo Starr and Todd Rundgren at the Foellinger and most recently Steely Dan at the Embassy in October. If we weren't at a concert the tunes were always close at hand be it from my "little red transistor radio" at the Outdoor Living Shoots or spinning vinyl on my way too old Marantz Turntable! Neal was thrilled my Gino Vannelli albums sounded good enough to listen to after so many years! Yes - originals from the late 70s! I can picture him sitting in our Lazy Boy chair in the Stereo Room rocking to the beat as he admired the artwork of the various album covers. Great times!

Neal was one of the most special people I have ever met in my life. He just had such a natural "easy going" personality - along with a beautiful smile and a quite warm laugh that could bring out the best in anyone. My wife and I are blessed having known him.

Shannon - take comfort in the fact he touched so many people's life in positive and inspiring ways! He is no longer suffering and is now safe in Heaven with our Savior Jesus Christ! May the Holy Spirit bless you and the entire Bruns family.

Ken and Gayle Cooper

Marcia Garringer

December 19, 2018

Neal was such a kind, sweet soul and extremely talented. I remember working with him many times on photo shoots when I worked at HWI (Do it Best). Years ago he worked with 2 of nephews and 1 of my nieces when they were modeling for a shoot. He was so kind and patient with them... When Andy, Tony I visited Neal 2 weeks ago, I reminded him of those times and he remembered and laughed about it. I’m so glad we got to see him one more time and to see that smile. Thinking of you, Shannon.
Marcia G.

MIke Wilder

December 19, 2018

I have known and worked with Neal my entire working career and he was one of the kindest, and most humble people I have known. He was always my first choice as a photographer, not only because of his exceptional skill with the camera, but because working with him personally was always a great experience. The world needs more people of his remarkable character. He will be missed.

Shannon, I pray you find peace and comfort in the lifetime of memories you share with Neal.

Andy Garringer

December 18, 2018

I have known Neal for more than 30 years and his passing has hit me hard. He was a true professional, a great friend, and always made you feel good with his humor and smile.

When we finished photo shoots at his studio he always made me a great cup of coffee with a little Frangelico and we just talked about things.

He had amazing talent behind the camera and the images he captured were amazing. Even though his is gone he will continue to shine through his work. You will truly be missed.

Shannon, I pray for comfort and strength at this time and you know that Marcia and I will always be there for you. I am so sorry for your loss.

Beth Heironimus

December 17, 2018

I just loved Neal. He was the greatest guy, and he will be sorely missed. I've known him for what seems like forever. Not only was he my photographer of choice, but he was also my friend and a great colleague. He and Shannon have been my creative partners for a long, long time. Shannon, my sincere condolences.