Robert A. "Bob" BrueggemanApril 3, 1920 ~ August 30, 2019 (age 99)
Funeral Services for Robert A. “Bob” Brueggeman, 99, Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 6, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church. Reverend Ray Wilke and Reverend Christopher Asbury will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Military honors conducted by the Nebraska National Guard Honor Guard, American Legion Post 16 and VFW Post 1644. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Home for Funerals on Norfolk Avenue. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
He passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Norfolk Veterans Home.
Robert Alexander was born April 3, 1920 in Norfolk, Nebraska to his parents Al and Martha (Viergutz) Brueggeman. He was baptized on May 16, 1920 and confirmed June 4, 1933 at Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Bob graduated from Norfolk High School in 1938.
He worked for Frank Pilley & Sons until he entered the Army in May of 1942. He was a Sergeant in the 5th Army, 85th Division Infantry, serving in the invasion of North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Bob received the Infantry Combat Badge, Bronze Star Medal, European Campaign Medal with 3 battle stars and a Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged in November of 1945.
Bob married Viola “Vi” Gemelke on September 8, 1957 at Christ Lutheran Church in Norfolk. He went to work for the U.S. Post Office, retiring in 1980. After retiring, Bob and Vi did a lot of traveling throughout the United States. He enjoyed gardening, pheasant hunting and his daily walk around town.
Bob lived the last 7 years of his life at the Norfolk Veterans Home, where he enjoyed Bingo and the great entertainment that was brought in.
He is survived by his children, Mark (Sadie) Brueggeman of Houston, TX, Coreen Carnes of Lincoln, and Barbara Nave of Kansas City, MO, five grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister.
Memorials are suggested to the Activities Department of the Norfolk Veterans Home.