Robert Warren Brundige (January 10, 2014)

11401 Photo RectangleMarch 4, 1921 ~ January 10, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
1:00-7:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, Iowa

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
10:00-11:00 AM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, Iowa

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
11:00 AM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Harlan, Iowa
Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, Iowa

2 Brothers – Ray Brundige of Manilla, IA
Kenny Brundige of Irwin, IA
1 Sister – Betty Scott of Murrieta, CA
1 Sister-in-law – Barb Brundige of Irwin, IA
Nieces & Nephews
Other Relatives & Friends

Robert Warren Brundige, the son of Warren B. and Kathryn (Poynter) Brundige, was born on March 4, 1921, in Richards, Missouri. When Robert was four years old, his family moved to Kirkman, Iowa. He attended Kirkman, Irwin, and Manilla, Iowa, schools, and graduated from Manilla High School in 1939. Robert helped his father and other area farmers before entering the United States Navy in 1942; he was discharged in 1946. He then worked for a few years in Michigan before returning to Irwin in 1949. Robert did farm work, and in 1952, began driving a school bus for Irwin. He soon became the school’s bus mechanic. He retired in July 1986.

Robert was active at the Greenridge Steam and Antique Show held each autumn in Irwin. He was a longtime member of the Austin Earl Hiatt American Legion Post #614, Irwin. An avid sports fan, Robert enjoyed driving Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla team busses and attending all area school sports. He also took time every day to have coffee at the Irwin Country Store.

Robert W. Brundige died on Friday, January 10, 2014, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa, having reached the age of 92 years, 10 months, and 6 days.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald Brundige; one sister, Ina Bernard; and one sister-in-law, Sharon Brundige. He is survived by two brothers, Ray Brundige of Manilla, Iowa, and Kenny Brundige of Irwin, Iowa; one sister, Betty Scott of Murrieta, California; one sister-in-law, Barb Brundige of Irwin, Iowa; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at the Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Ted Sieck of the Irwin Church of Christ officiating. Casket bearers were Mark Brundige, Brian Brundige, Jason Haley, Nate Steinmeyer, Jack deSousa, and Carroll Huff. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Irwin, Iowa, with military rites provided by the Helmer-Reyelt American Legion Post #150, Harlan. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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3 Responses to Robert Warren Brundige (January 10, 2014)

  1. Dorothy and I were back to Irwin last October. I talked to Bob at the home in Manilla. He was having a good time when I saw him. He was teasing one of the workers. Dorothy and I send our sympathy. Richard

  2. Jeff and Randi McEvoy says:

    Bob was the best school bus driver ever !! R.I.P.
    Jeff and Randi (Nordby) McEvoy

  3. connie petersen says:

    I am so glad I was able to talk to Bob the week before Christmas at the manor. We reminisced about the basketball games and how we never could beat Audubon. He was a neat guy and I thought a lot of him. Rest in peace! Connie Petersen class of 69

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