Edward "Ed" Brune

March 22, 1937April 28, 2021

Edward “Ed” Brune, 84, of Indianapolis, passed away April 28, 2021. He was born March 22, 1937 in Hamilton, Ohio to the late Herbert and Catherine (Irwin) Brune. Ed earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy, masters in political science, and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. He was a founding member of the Indianapolis Racquet Club, as well as the general manager and tennis director from 1965 - 2019. He also was the head professional at the Woodstock Club from 1964-1988. “Poppy”, as his grandchildren called him, was president and on the board of directors of the Central Indiana Tennis Association, board member of the Indianapolis Tennis Association, 401st member of the United States Professional Tennis Association, recipient of the Stan Malless Service Award, and Chairman of the Tennis Industry Association Play Tennis America. As an avid outdoorsman, one of his favorite places on earth was his cabin in Baxter State Park in Maine. Like his love for tennis, he shared his love for Maine and the outdoors by bringing his children and grandchildren to spend weeks at the cabin each year. He instilled them with an adventuresome spirit, and love for nature, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and swimming in the cold Maine waters. He was preceded in death by his three siblings, Herb Brune, Marilyn Ruwe and Jackie Baumann. Jackie was his older sister who signed him up for his first tennis tournament, never having played before. Survivors include his wife Jane, his three children Doug, Tom, and Kate, and his nine grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Luke Catholic Church for close family. Anyone interested in viewing the live service can use this link at 11:30 am Thursday, May 6, 2021 ( A “Celebration of Life'' will be held in early June, date and time to be announced, for all who want to share stories and show love and support for Ed and his family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ed’s memory to the “Ed Brune Memorial Tennis Scholarship Fund”. (


  • (Private) Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, May 6, 2021



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Ruth Gellersen

May 6, 2021

It was a privilege to know & work with Ed. He was a wonderful man. My condolences to Jane & the entire family.

Mary Beth Servie

May 3, 2021

Ed took a chance on me in 2012 by hiring me. He became one of the most positive influences in my life. He was a mentor and great role model not only for me but for so many others; not only in tennis, but in how to be a quality, hard working individual with integrity. Ed you will be greatly missed but in my heart forever.

stephen enkema

May 2, 2021

In the 1960's Ed organized tennis trips by bus. He lined up matches against other clubs for young tennis players, traveling to Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania , and Massachusetts. Lifetime memories made possible by his leadership skills and his love of the sport. Condolences to his fine family.

Tracie Freudenthal-mrakich

May 2, 2021

Ed was a good friend and tennis buddy of my father, Kurt. Now they are playing tennis together again in heaven. Condolences from the family of Kurt Freudenthal.

Michael Reardon

May 1, 2021

Memories from Reardon Files
I started teaching tennis at the IRC when it only at 4 courts. I was his assistant pro.

I started teaching tennis at Broadmoor C C with the help of Ed and his support.

Much thanks to Ed as I continued in the tennis business until 2010.

Ed taught tennis but really could have done many things. College Professor in Philosophy, Attorney in the best firms in Indy as he was extremely will connected.
Not much he couldn’t do.

RIP to you my boss and old Irish tennis buddy. I will miss you.

Jenny Pettinga

May 1, 2021

Ed taught me at Woodstock and IRC for many years. He was a gentle soul and an outstanding teacher. Condolences to his family.