Clifford C. Bruchage 86, of Butternut, died on Sunday April 28, 2013 at Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls. He was born on December 25, 1926 in Butternut, the son of Charles and Mae (Pospichal) Bruch. His early life and schooling were in Butternut. Clifford entered the United States Army and served during the Korean War. On October 10, 1953 he married Lottie M. Ostrega in Butternut. The couple lived in Milwaukee and California for a short time before returning to Butternut. Clifford worked in the concrete business and for Bruch Brothers Construction while in Milwaukee. In 1957 the couple returned to Butternut and purchased the family farm. Clifford ran the family farm and owned and operated a bus service for the Butternut School for 44 years. He enjoyed farming, gardening, hunting, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Butternut American Legion Post 272 and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by:
James (Dena) Bruch of Fountain Hills, AZ
Jeffrey (Lisa) Bruch of Esko, MN
Linda (Daniel) Smart of Butternut
John Bruch of Butternut
(13)grandchildren: Amy Koehler, Travis Bruch, Michael Bruch, Jennifer Smart, Jarrod (Samantha) Bruch, Megan (Andrew) Kramas, Timothy Smart, Bryan Bruch, Nicole (Mark) Skramstad, Thomas Smart, Wyatt Bruch, Rachel Bruch, and Lauren Bruch.
Kelsey Koehler, Megan Kessey, Brooklyn Kramas, Jace Kramas, Brenna Bruch, and Emma Skramstad
Shirley (Tony) Logan of Chandler, AZ
and nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Mary Pritzl-Bruch, his wife Lottie in 2002, his sister Charlotte Hilgart, and his infant brother Donald.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 2, 2013 at 10:30am from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Butternut. Deacon Bob Schienebeck will officiate.
Burial will take place at St. Cecelia Catholic Cemetery in Butternut with military honors under the auspices of the Butternut American Legion Post 272.
A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 5:00pm until 8:00pm with a Parish Prayer Service at 7:00pm and on Thursday from 9:30am until the hour of the service at the church.
The Novitzke Funeral Home is assisting the family.