Homer Frederick Bruggeman, 84, died of heart failure at the University of Utah Medical Center, surrounded by his family on May 29, 1996.
He was born in Wheatland, Wyoming, the oldest son of Richard Anthony and Mabel Asher Bruggeman on December 22, 1911.He married his sweetheart, Margaret Bessie Smith on April 23, 1935. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Homer served as President of the East Millcreek Lions Club, member of the Salt Lake Exchange Club and was affiliated with many organizations associated with his lifelong career in the petroleum industry. His career began with Red's Complete Auto Service, Associated Oil Company, Sinclair Oil Company, Covey Oil Company, and Little America Refining Company. He retired as Executive Vice-President of Sinclair Refining Company in 1984.
Homer was a convert to the LDS faith and actively served in many positions. His warm heart and bright outlook on life are an example to all he associated with. His humble beginnings led him to be very generous and compassionate. He never said an unkind word about anyone. His unpretentious love was one of his most delightful attributes. His word was his deed. His honorable example and gentlemanly qualities are a legacy his friends and family will never forget.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; sister, Patricia LeMon Bishop of Whittier, Calif.; brother, Vernon T. Bruggeman of Salt Lake City; sister-in-law, Kathrine Manwaring Peterson of Salt Lake City. He is also survived by his children, Jerry (Carolyn), Sharon (John) Kasteler, Jane (Brad) Mullen, Richard (Rebecca), son-in-law, Philip (Dana) Swensen; nephews, Jon (Julie) Manwaring, Tony LeMon, Barry (Marilyn) Buggeman, Brad (Moaana) Bruggeman; 18 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his daughter, Markay (Philip R.) Swensen, daughter-in-law, Judi Yeager Bruggeman, and grandson, Craig Kasteler.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 1, 1996, 12 noon at the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 East Crestview Drive (1010 South), Salt Lake City. Friends and family may call Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South, and Saturday 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the services at the ward. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Primary Children's Medical center, 100 No. Medical Drive, S.L.C., Utah 84113.
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