Gerald Joseph DeBruinMarch 26, 1932 ~ September 27, 2017 (age 85)
Gerald Joseph DeBruin, 85, of Taylors, South Carolina, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Born in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, he was a son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Hughes) DeBruin.
After proudly serving in the United States Navy and Naval Reserves for 34 years, he retired at the highest level possible for an enlisted man, Master Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Navy, he worked for the Idaho Power and Electric Company for 25 years. Following his second retirement, he returned to Wisconsin to help care for his elderly mother and work part-time at Cardinal Health in Appleton, Wisconsin.
He is survived by a daughter, Faith Viste and husband Tom of Diamondhead, MS; sons, Gary DeBruin and wife, Sue of Greenville, South Carolina, and Ken DeBruin of D’Iberville, Mississippi; Wisconsin siblings Donald DeBruin, Joseph DeBruin, Jerome DeBruin, Mutz (Roger) Van Handel, Carol McFarlan, Millie (Paul) Lemke, David Klink, and Dar (Dick) Hein; grandchildren, Victoria Molino, Shay Snowden, Aaron DeBruin, Bryan DeBruin, Christopher DeBruin;10 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Eugene DeBruin, Nancy DeBruin and Eileen Klink.
Visitation and funeral service will be held at Boettcher Family Funeral Home, 2401 Fieldcrest Dr. in Kaukauna, Wisconsin on Friday, October 6, 2017. Visitation will be held 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. followed by an 11:00 service and burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for the Old Glory Honor Flight. Donations may be directed to the Gerald J. DeBruin memorial via the following website: http://www.oldgloryhonorflight.org/support/financial-support/ Condolences may be made at www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com.