John F. Brutsche

June 21, 1950August 3, 2013


63, of Phoenix AZ passed away on August 3, 2013 in his sleep after a three year battle with cancer. John was born June 21, 1950 in Omaha NE. John was one of eight children born to Frank and Betty Brutsche of Omaha NE.

John served in the Air Force and after moving to Arizona served in the US Coast Guard Reserves for 12 years. John is survived by his wife Barbara, Phoenix AZ, Son Andrew, Daughter-in-law Jessica and Grandson Tyler, Waddell AZ. He is also survived by Sister Kay Stevens, Omaha NE, Brother Joe Brutsche, Goodyear AZ, Sister Virginia James of Peoria AZ, Brother Timothy Brutsche, Ft. Calhoun NE, Brother Dan Brutsche. Cave Creek AZ and Sister Mary Brutsche, Omaha NE. John also has numerous Nieces and Nephews who will always consider John their “Favorite Uncle. “

John moved to Arizona in 1977 and in 1979 he joined the Maricopa County Sheriff Office. John was a friend to all and a Mentor to many. He shared his job Knowledge with his peers without reservation. He served in various assignments within MCSO and gave 32 years of Distinguished Service to the people of Maricopa County.

John has the respect of and has made many Friends in the Law Enforcement community from many Jurisdictions. John was Vice President of his FOP Lodge 2 (Fraternal Order of Police).John still is a member in good standing of the Old Geezers and he is also a member of the MOPAR Car Club. He was a Horse lover and spent many years breeding, raising and training Quarter Horses. John liked and appreciated tools and equipment. He enjoyed building the new fences to improve his Horse property, working on his 67 GTX and riding his BMW Motor Cycle.

A Memorial Service will be held on August 24, 2013 and will start at 11:00 AM at the “new LIFE COMMUNITY church” located at 8155 W. Thunderbird. Peoria AZ 85381. After the Service a Reception will be held Starting at 3:00 PM at the FOP Lodge 2. Located at: 12851 N. 19 Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85029. In lieu of Flowers please make donations to: Salvation Army and/or St Jude Children Research Hospital.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 24, 2013

John F. Brutsche

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Bill Gaddis

August 24, 2013

When I first met John he wore a big smile and an extended hand of friendship. Each and every time I saw him was always the same the big smile and the friendly handshake. I enjoyed knowing him and look forward to seeing him again in heaven Brutsche family my deepest condolences on the lost of a truly good and honorable man and friend.

August 23, 2013

Drew and Jessica

So sorry for your loss. He was always such a nice guy even though I personally did not know him very well.
God Bless you & yours at this sorrowful time.

Dee Nikolin /retired MCSO Records

Richard V. Edwards

August 21, 2013

My most sincere condolences to John's family. Knowing John is a memory that I will keep forever. I admired him. I will miss him.

Mike Pennington

August 21, 2013

On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police Maricopa Lodge #5 we wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends & co-workers.
Mike Pennington, President
FOP Maricopa Lodge Five

August 20, 2013

Condolences to Barbara, Drew and family and all the Brutsche's, on the loss of a husband, father, brother, cowboy & friend. John was a true gentleman who always had a smile to share. He was there to lend a helping hand when ever it was needed. I am truly blessed to have had such a friend that was as close to family as one can get Rest easy by brother until we meet again! Sonya Farley, Australia.

Donna Schubert

August 18, 2013

Our sincere condolences to Barbara, Drew and their families on the loss of their beloved John. What a pleasure it was for us to know him and be part of his "Australia Adventure" on our cattle station in the Northern Territory. We shared many a laugh.
We will be forever grateful for his enthusiasm in assisting us all in any way he could, when we re-visited the USA.
May his family take comfort in the fact that so many people loved this man and that he had made a forever lasting impact on us all. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again.
Peter and Donna Schubert Australia

August 15, 2013

John & Barbara have been close friends of the "Aussie Bunch" for many years. There visit to Australia was filled with adventure, friendship and love. John was a "family" member, looking after both Larry & myself as well as our kids when we visited the USA. We look forward to meeting him on the other side. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Barb and the rest of the family. Larry & Connie Bright Australia

Ron Chavez

August 14, 2013

I also worked with Detective John in district 4 and remember his easy going manner.
I'm praying for you right now and hope all will come to a comforting knowledge of the Son.
Deputy Ron Chavez m.c.s.o.

Alice Huey

August 10, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, Barbara. I have known John a long time, as did my deceased husband (Deputy Lennie Huey). He is now in Heaven with Lennie, and the rest of our law enforcement friends that died and worked at MCSO and especially District 4. They are now watching over us from above.

Alice Huey
Retired secretary at D-4

August 8, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bob Kolostow, Zephyrhills, FL