Bob Bruinekool

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Bob Bruinekool12/28/2018
Robert H. Bruinekool passed away Friday, December 28, 2018 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born January 26, 1937 to Pete and Bernice Bruinekool in Knoxville, Iowa.

Bob attended Knoxville High School where he lettered in multiple sports including being a part of the 1954 Hall of Fame football team.

He attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Drake University with a BS in Business. He spent 35 years as a sales rep for Dial Corporation.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman who loved spending summers at his Clear Lake cabin, where he would fish for hours on end if he wasn’t teaching his sons how to waterski. In the winter, he enjoyed deer hunting with his special group of friends. Bob loved the Iowa Hawkeyes and was a football season ticket holder for many years.

Bob was a long-time member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in West Des Moines. He looked forward to coffee with his Mercy fitness buddies and his monthly lunches with his GMA friends.

Bob married his high school sweetheart, Maxine Kline in 1957. They enjoyed over 62 wonderful years together.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Maxine; sons, Chris and Matthew (Sandra), and his grandsons, Alex and Tyler, all of West Des Moines; sister-in-law, Jo (Lonny) Milligan of Washington, IA; cousin, Susan (Robert) Holdsworth of Pella, as well as several cousins, and his beloved cocker spaniel, Betsy.Bob Bruinekool

The family will greet friends on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Hamilton’s Westown Funeral Home, 3601 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 12th and Grand, West Des Moines on Thursday, January 3 at 10:00 a.m. A private burial service will be held Thursday afternoon. Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Rescue League, or West Des Moines E.M.S in loving memory of Robert.

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Published in Des Moines Register from Dec. 31, 2018, to Jan. 1, 2019