Bruce Charles Radunz, age 75, of Hutchinson, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Darwin, the son of Herbert and Abbie (Duesterhoeft) Radunz. Bruce was baptized as an infant Sept. 5, 1937, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth Aug. 26, 1951, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County.
He received his elementary education at District 24 in Darwin, and was a graduate of the Dassel High School class of 1956.
Bruce was united in marriage to Judith Luedtke July 11, 1959, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township, McLeod County. This marriage was blessed with four children, Mark, Larry, Paul, and Sarah.
Bruce and Judy resided and farmed in Acoma Township. They shared 53 years of marriage.
A farmer at heart, even all his part-time jobs were farm-related. Because of his father’s poor health, he took on the responsibility of his parents’ farm as a very young boy.
Bruce loved his dairy animals and was so patient teaching new calves to drink. When first married, he rented his father-in-law’s farm, and purchased that farm in 1968. The family farm became a Century Farm in 1997.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Bruce was doing what he loved up to three days before his death. He enjoyed working with his sons in the fields and barn, and was always proud to be working with them. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, and friends.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Judy Radunz of Hutchinson; children, Larry Radunz and his wife, Pamela, Paul Radunz and his wife, Kristin, all of Hutchinson, and Sarah Radunz of New Auburn; grandchildren, Melissa Nelson and her husband, Rick, Alison Radunz, Ruby Radunz, Cassandra Radunz, Kara Anderson, Sasha Madden, Jennifer McNally, Jaimie Mayer, Damon Krueger, and Hailey Krueger; and great-granddaughters, Megan Nelson, Dacotah Nelson, Jaida Mayer, Adalyn Mayer, and Audrina McNally.
He is further survived by his sisters, Marlys “Dolly” Knacke of Darwin, and Judy Ann Van de Walker and her husband, John, of Hamel; sisters-in-law Jan Werner and her husband, Roger of Darwin, Joanne Spletter of FL, and Nancy Blumhoefer and her husband, Dennis of Fairfax; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Abbie Radunz; and a son, Mark Radunz.
Funeral services took place Friday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Gerhard Bode officiated at the services. Paul Otte was the organist. Congregational hymns included “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “Just As I Am,” and “Jesus, Lead Thou On.”
Casket bearers were Bob Bollig, Charles Nisse, Steve Garaghty, Ken Petersen, Joel Pettit, and Wayne Heller.
Arrangements were handled by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.