Pete Walter Bruns passed away on July 2, 2020, at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Alpine, Texas, on Texas Independence Day, March 2, 1934. He attended Centennial Elementary, and graduated from Alpine High School.
Soon after his graduation, he married Celia Fierro Sanchez. He worked in the Bruns Grocery Store throughout his youth, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954. He completed his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and was later stationed in Biloxi, Miss., and Amarillo, Texas. One snowy day, he boarded a train to Washington, D.C., before being shipped off to Tripoli, Libya, in North Africa, where he would finish his tour of duty.
For their 50th wedding anniversary, they were fortunate to travel to Spain, Gibraltar, and Morocco, in North Africa, where our father told us how his plane flew by the Rock of Gibraltar en route to Tripoli.
He returned to Alpine, upon completion of his enlistment, and attended Sul Ross State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He would leave Alpine with his young family, moving to Socorro, N.M., where he was an accountant at a furniture store. A year later, the family moved to El Paso, Texas. He worked for Mr. Frank Halla, owner of the Myers Company on Cotton Street, and later, would remain as Mr. Halla’s personal accountant until his passing.
His career as an accountant continued at Rudolph Miles and Sons, where he worked in the custom house brokers business until his own retirement.
Throughout his life, he was a loyal and faithful fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Pete’s passions included card games such as canasta, black jack, and solitaire, and he could play for hours on end. He looked forward to his trips to Las Vegas, and to the casinos in El Paso, Ruidoso, N.M., Albuquerque, N.M., and Eagle Pass, Texas, always waiting to get that big winning hand.
His father Louis Bruns, grandfather Louis Bruns, and great grandfather August Bruns were born in Fredericksburg, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Maria De Anda Bruns, sister Rosa Hernandez, brother Frank Bruns, and his first son, Armando Bruns. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Celia Sanchez Bruns, and children Peter Walter Bruns, Jr., Richard Bruns, Brenda Bruns, and Sandra Bruns-Jimenez (Victor), his sisters Mary Lou Lopez and Angela Bermudez and their families. Grandchildren include Pete Walter Bruns III, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Mark Anthony Bruns (Nicki), Samantha and Matthew Jimenez, and five great-grandchildren.
Rosary and Mass are scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, where he was a member for 57 years. Burial will be in the family plot at Holy Angels’ Cemetery, in Alpine on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 11 a.m. local time. Arrangements by Sunset Funeral Homes of El Paso.
Please remember to adhere to social distancing and wearing of face masks.
May God’s perpetual light shine upon you.
May you rest in peace.
With love from your family.