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Morris Bruns

Morris Bruns

Sunday, March 6th, 1938 - Thursday, May 16th, 2019
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Obituary

Morris Bruns died Thursday, May 16, 2019 in Amarillo, after a short illness. He was born March 6, 1938 in Lubbock, Texas to Leslie Fay and Ruby Nell (Morris) Bruns.

Morris grew up on the family farm in Parmer County and attended schools in Clovis, New Mexico; Lockney, Texas; Lazbuddie, Texas; Muleshoe, Texas; and graduated from Friona High School in May 1956. Morris graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA degree in English. He began his teaching career at Smiley Wilson Junior High School in Lubbock at age 20. His next teaching contract took him to West High School in Aurora, Illinois, where he stayed for many years. After 40 years of teaching, Morris returned to Muleshoe, living in the family home and the Park View Nursing Center until his death. He is preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Fred and Edith Bruns of Muleshoe and Luther and Julia Herman of Sulpher Springs, Texas; and one brother, Jerry Fred Bruns and his wife Jenda.


Morris is survived by his three sisters, Julia Watson, Sonja Sue Tucker and Jane Stephens, and her husband, Keith; his two brothers, Robert Bruce Bruns and his wife, Connie and Jon Mark Bruns and his wife, Sharla; five nephews, Brent Stephens and his wife, Genesis, Troy Watson, Jeremy Bruns, and his wife, Kathy, Neal Watson, and Jeffrey Bruns and his wife, Stephanie; two nieces, Amber Elliott and her husband, Darren and Kristi Borthwick and her husband, Brian; five grand-nieces, Kate Borthwick, Carlie Borthwick, Jaelynn Stephens, Brynn Borthwick, and Gaby Stephens; and three grand-nephews, Griffin Elliott, Austin Elliott and Hudson Elliot.


The family suggests memorials be sent to Park View Nursing Home, 1100 West Avenue J, Muleshoe, Texas, 79347.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 19th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Sunday, May 19th, 2019 12:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Ellis Funeral Home
    Address
    104 E. Ave F
    MULESHOE, TX 79347
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Muleshoe Memorial Park
    Address
    3 miles West on Hwy 84
    MULESHOE, TX 79347
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Curtis Shelburne
  • Interment

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Muleshoe Memorial Park
    Address
    310 South Main Street, Suite 103
    MULESHOE, TX 79347
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Mary Gaffey

Posted at 12:09pm
He poked fun of my 4 letter first name, he called my predicates bastards, made me diagram a forty page paper, and he was the only teacher that gave me my only F's (yes, that's plural). Mr. Bruns was unquestionably the quirkiest teacher I have ever had, but he was also by far the most influential teacher. Not only did he teach me a significantly high level of grammar and writing skills that have helped me tremendously during my continuing education as well as professionally in my career, but he also taught me an important lesson about growth. He gave his students the opportunity to learn from their mistakes allowing us to make corrections and improve our work. This philosophy has become a very important part of my leadership style, and what he taught impacts my work on a daily basis. Even now as I sit here typing, I wonder what he would say about my grammar and sentence structure! To Mr. Bruns' family, I hope it brings you an additional sense of pride and comfort to know his life made a difference in not just mine, but I imagine many others' lives.

My deepest condolences,
Mary (Johannessen) Gaffey
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Donna Peterson

Posted at 06:00pm
Mr. Bruns was my Honors English teacher at West Aurora High School. His class was a very difficult class, but I learned a lot. I never forgot his class or him. He made a positive impact on me and his students. He expected his students to rise up and do their best. Thank you Mr. Bruns. Rest in peace and condolences to his family. Donna Peterson

Deb Ditchman

Posted at 04:53pm
To his family, you may want to look at the comments left by his students from West Aurora High School. You may be able to read them by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1156433737703133/2492502964096197/?comment_id=2493684060644754&reply_comment_id=2494443923902101¬if_id=1558474987147327¬if_t=group_comment
It's a closed group so I'm not sure.

Jean Arndt

Posted at 02:54pm
Just learned that the teacher, who affected my life the most, passed away this past weekend. He tapped me on the shoulder, on my way into class one day, and said "would you consider being part of a duet acting scene?" and explained what was involved. I think I stammered "...me?..." (lower case intentional). That tap on the shoulder, from a teacher who saw something in me which I did not see, started the rest of my life.
I made a whole new group of friends. (Theater people rock, in case you don't know that, and they do it eclectically which is the best descriptive word for my entire life.) I invested time and effort into a pass time which exploded my white bread little world into colors and flavors which I never knew existed. Enough. You get my drift.
I have since stood on stages in front of hundreds of my professional peers and spoken, relaxed and confident, because of seeds planted by that teacher. I have keep those life long friends. I have enjoyed hours on stage, becoming other people, and making people laugh, cry, and applaud--and, what a feeling that brings.
Thank you for your life Mr. Bruns. You changed my life to UPPER CASE. Much love. ♥️

https://memorials.ellisfuneralhomes.com/Bruns-Morris/3848916/

Jean Arndt

Posted at 02:54pm
Just learned that the teacher, who affected my life the most, passed away this past weekend. He tapped me on the shoulder, on my way into class one day, and said "would you consider being part of a duet acting scene?" and explained what was involved. I think I stammered "...me?..." (lower case intentional). That tap on the shoulder, from a teacher who saw something in me which I did not see, started the rest of my life.
I made a whole new group of friends. (Theater people rock, in case you don't know that, and they do it eclectically which is the best descriptive word for my entire life.) I invested time and effort into a pass time which exploded my white bread little world into colors and flavors which I never knew existed. Enough. You get my drift.
I have since stood on stages in front of hundreds of my professional peers and spoken, relaxed and confident, because of seeds planted by that teacher. I have keep those life long friends. I have enjoyed hours on stage, becoming other people, and making people laugh, cry, and applaud--and, what a feeling that brings.
Thank you for your life Mr. Bruns. You changed my life to UPPER CASE. Much love. ♥️

https://memorials.ellisfuneralhomes.com/Bruns-Morris/3848916/
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