OBITUARY

Calvin Brunken

February 28, 1924September 8, 2018
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Calvin Brunken, 94, of Lubbock passed from this life Saturday, September 8, 2018. He was born February 28, 1924 in Gotebo, Oklahoma to the late Carl and Ethel Brunken. Calvin graduated from Mountain Home High School, Gentry, Arkansas and attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he played football.

He married Joanna Fern Karry, January 28, 1957 she preceded him in death, January 12, 2000. Calvin owned and operated the Brunken Toyota and Chevrolet Dealership in Lubbock from 1970-1993; Frenship Motors in Wolfforth from 1993-1999 and Brunken Auto Sales from 1999 until his retirement in 2009. He was lifelong member of the Lubbock Lions Club and enjoyed car racing, fishing, gardening and crossword puzzles and was an antique car enthusiast.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

Calvin is survived by his daughter, Kelly Miller and husband, Mark; son, Karry Brunken; grandchildren, Misty Silveus and husband Cameron, Kaitlin and Karley Miller; and great grandchildren Anna Mason and Lia Silveus; sisters Joe Young and Adia Ray Duke and a brother, Denton Brunken.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 Friday, September 14, 2018 at Resthaven Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p,m, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Resthaven’s Abbey Chapel with Pastor Ray Christman officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Lubbock, TX. Online condolences may be offered on our website at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Carl and Ethel Mae Brunken, Parents
  • Joanna Fern Karry, Wife
  • 1 Brother and 3 Sisters, Siblings
  • Kelly Miller and husband, Mark, and Karry Brunken, Children
  • Misty Silveus and husband, Cameron, Kaitlin and Karley Miller, Grandchildren
  • Anna Mason and Lia Silveus, Great-grandchildren
  • Joe Young, Adia Ray Duke and Denton Brunken, Siblings
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark Miller
  • Cameron Silveus
  • Todd Teske
  • Tim Teske
  • Chip Kirby
  • Shorty Furr

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

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JIM POTTS

September 19, 2018

KERRY, JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU HOW SORRY I WAS TO MISS THE SERVICE BUT WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR AN OPERATION. I ALWAYS LIKED CALVIN AND HE WAS ALWAYS NICE TO ME. HE WAS ONE OF A KIND. NOT MUCH WILL HELP YOU BUT TIME. JIM POTTS

Leslie Horwood

September 12, 2018

I did not know Mr. Brunken personally, but I wanted you to know a story of him. I was an 18 year old high school senior just trying to find someone to buy my Toyota MR2 and had driven all over Lubbock trying to get someone to buy my car so I could have a down payment for my car for graduation. The last place I stopped was at Mr. Brunken's place in Wolfforth and he walked out and asked me what he could do for me. I told him my situation and how I could not get my new car if I did not get what my daddy wanted for my old car. He asked me how much my daddy wanted and right there on the spot he said "Well call your daddy and tell him to come get you because you just sold your car for the right price." He was so nice to me and helped me be able to get my graduation gift. Praying for your entire family.

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Biography

      Calvin Brunken was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Calvin will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       He was born on February 28, 1924 in Gotebo, Oklahoma and was the son of Carl and Ethel Brunken.

      Calvin was raised with 7 siblings. He had 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Calvin was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      A typical teenager, Calvin had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Mountain Home High School in Gentry, Arkansas. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers.

      Calvin enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Calvin was able to manage the balancing act. He attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he played football.

       Empathic and loyal, Calvin was committed to making his new family happy. He exchanged wedding vows with Joanna Fern Karry on January 28, 1957.   Calvin worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Calvin was blessed with 2 children, a son, Karry, and a daughter, Kelly. Another blessing for Calvin was the gift of 3 grandchildren, Misty, Kaitlin and Karley.

      Fortunately, Calvin enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Calvin worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was owner and operated for the Brunken Toyota and Chevrolet Dealership in Lubbock from 1970-1993; Frenship Motors in Wolfforth from 1993-1999 and Brunken Auto Sales from 1999 until his retirement in 2009. Calvin always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Calvin was an United States Army veteran. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      Calvin enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were enjoyed car racing, fishing, gardening and crossword puzzles and was an antique car enthusiast. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Throughout his life, Calvin was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Calvin was a life-long member of the Lubbock Lions Club.

      Calvin passed away on September 8, 2018 at Brookdale Monterey in Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Miller and husband, Mark; son, Karry Brunken; grandchildren, Misty Silveus and husband Cameron, Kaitlin and Karley Miller; and great-grandchildren Anna Mason and Lia Silveus; sisters Joe Young and Adia Ray Duke and a brother, Denton Brunken. Services were held at Resthaven's Abbey Chapel. Calvin was laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas.

      Simply stated, Calvin was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Calvin leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Calvin Brunken.