Merlyn G. “Mel” BrunsMel Bruns, 58, Kensal, ND, passed away January 4, 2009 at Jamestown Hospital with his family at his side, due to complications from Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.
Merlyn G. “Mel” Bruns
Mel Bruns, 58, Kensal, ND, passed away January 4, 2009 at Jamestown Hospital with his family at his side, due to complications from Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.
A memorial service will be held January 10, 2009 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kensal, at 10:30 am. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stirum/Crete, at a later date as cremation has taken place.
Merlyn (Mel) George Bruns was born to George and Edith (McDaniel) Bruns January 6, 1950 in Fargo. He grew up on his parents’ farm near Crete. He attended Crete Grade School, graduating from Oakes High School. He helped his dad on the farm and and got his first guitar at age 7. He formed a band called the Dynamic Dischords and they played all over the area near Crete and Oakes. He belonged to Immanuel Lutheran Church of rural Stirum/Crete. Mel attended the State School of Science, Wahpeton and then Valley City State College for music. Music was Mel’s life and he played with several bands over the years. In June of 1970, he married Denise Colvin. They lived in Fargo and Jamestown. They had two daughters: Summer and Siri.
Mel moved to Racine, WI in 1984 and married Linda Haugen on June 3, 1989. They resided in Wisconsin for 10 years and Mel continued playing in bands. In 1994, Mel and Linda moved to Phoenix, Arizona where they resided until 2003. They moved back to Kensal, to be closer to family as Mel’s health declined.
Mel is survived by his wife, Linda, Kensal; two children: Summer (Christian) Kjelland, Fargo, and Siri Larson, Hendersonville, Tennessee; two grandchildren: Natalia Kjelland, Fargo, and Mawgojzeta Williams, Hendersonville, Tennessee; one sister, Judy (Larry) Berget, Bismarck; mother-in-law, Audrey Haugen, Kensal; nieces: Sheri (Todd) Nystedt, Parker, Colorado; Shelly (Jeff) Weinberger, Farmington, Minnesota, Sharla (Jeff) Mitchell, Pickerington, Ohio; two brothers-in-law: Roger (Mandy) Haugen, Jamestown, and Terry Haugen, Fairmont, Minnesota.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a cousin, several aunts, uncles and his father-in-law.
Lisko Funeral Chapel, Jamestown, ND is in charge of arrangements.
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