Rev. Jack Warren Brunner, 81, of Ingalls, went to Heaven at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. He was born Jan.31, 1929, in Anderson, the son of Lelah Mae (Eakes) and John Calvin Brunner.
Jack graduated from Fortville High School in 1947. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also graduated from Indiana Business College. He worked at Delco-Remy for 34 years, retiring in 1985. Jack was proud to be from Ingalls, his grandfather, John Henry Brunner homesteaded there in 1851. He served on the town board for 13 years. Jack also ran Brunner’s Tax Service for 33 years and enjoyed visiting with everyone. He was a people person who loved all of his friends and family as they also loved him. Jack was a faithful Christian throughout his life and attended churches in Ingalls, Noblesville, Greenfield, Anderson and Pendleton. Jack became ordained as a Pentecostal minister in 1964. He served in many capacities ranging from youth leader in his younger years at the Noblesville church to Assisting Pastor at the Anderson church to deacon at the Greenfield church. He said the Lord talked to him several times while driving by the Pendleton Reformatory, so he started the Upper Room Society to bring prisoners closer to God and was involved with this ministry for 16 years. It was not uncommon to have prisoners as guests at Sunday dinner. Jack then started the Pendleton Bible Church in 1978 until 2004.
Jack is survived by his wife of 54 years, Doris (Pierce) Brunner; two sons, Mark W. (Abbie) Brunner and David N. (Melanie) Brunner; daughter, Robin E. (James) Barker; 11 grandchildren, Joshua, Amanda, Lindsey, Beth, Lily, Samuel, Levi, Shannon, Nina, James and Elizabeth; 10 great-grandchildren, Aaron, Ryan, Matthew, Max, Marlee, Naudia, Nakoda, Naleah, Samayah and Little Jack; and special friends throughout his life, Jack and Janice Orr.
Jack was preceded in death by his beloved mother in 1978; his father; and his grandson, Joseph W. Brunner in 1996; one great-granddaughter, Zenobia. He was the last surviving sibling and he loved his brothers and sisters, Georgia, John, Richard, Jane and Jim.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the First Pentecostal Church, 630 W. 53rd St., Anderson, with Pastors Danny St. Clair, Joe Riggs and Phillip Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Fortville where military graveside rites will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 266 Honor Guard.
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