Darrell Bruner, 83, Caldwell: April 20, 1937 – Aug. 8, 2020

Darrell Bruner

Darrell Arthur Bruner, 83, died on Saturday, August 8, 2020, at his home near Renfrow, Okla. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 12, at Assembly of God, Caldwell.

Darrell was born April 20, 1937, in Enid, Okla. to Arthur and Alice Bruner. He grew up west of Renfrow, on a farm, attending first grade at District #30. He started school at Caldwell in the second grade and graduated with the Class of 1955. Subsequently, he began pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education at Friends University, Wichita. While at Friends, he was the president of the Singing Quakers, played trombone in the brass ensemble, and was elected junior class vice-president. After two years at Friends, he transferred to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, Warner Fellowship, and Collegiate FFA. Darrell graduated OSU in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education.

In December of 1959, Darrell went on active artillery training with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving for six years. He worked for CIT Financial Corporation in Wichita as an adjuster, before returning to the farm at Renfrow in 1961. Darrell raised wheat, beef cattle, and hogs, being recognized by the Grant County Conservation District for the outstanding conservation of his farming operation. Darrell faithfully served on the Caldwell Assembly of God Deacon Board for 40 years, the Medford School Board of Education for 20 years, and the Clyde Coop Board of Directors for 15 years.

Dorothy Lebeda first met Darrell on an arranged blind date, while at Caldwell High School, and they quickly became high school sweethearts. They were married on August 2, 1959, in Caldwell and had just celebrated 61 years of marriage. Darrell and Dorothy enjoyed spending time together in work, travel, and service to the Lord.

Darrell is remembered for being a kind, humble, hardworking, patient, God-fearing man. His convictions led him to serve his community and church with a quiet wisdom. He sought to be a living witness of Christ to all he met.

Darrell is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy of Renfrow, Oklahoma; daughter, Rev. Janet Faggart of Sherman, Texas; son, Dr. Kent and wife Jennifer Bruner of Milton, Georgia; and son, Darrin and wife Cynthia Bruner of Tioga, Texas; granddaughter, Katrina and husband Blake Stockton of Sherman, Texas; grandson, Jonathan and wife Kathryn Faggart of Baldwinsville, New York; granddaughter, Emily Bruner of Dallas, Texas; granddaughter, Ashley Bruner of Tioga, Texas; and grandson, Chase Bruner of Milton, Georgia; great-granddaughters, Abigail Elizabeth Stockton and Hannah Grace Stockton of Sherman, Texas; great-granddaughter, Elisheva Rose Faggart of Baldwinsville, New York; and sisters, Georgene (Bruner) Corbitt of Longmont, Colorado, and Arthene (Bruner) Shellhammer of Caldwell, Kansas.

Darrell is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Alice Bruner; his sister, Kathy (Bruner) Albright; and his son-in-law, Rev. Jonathan E. Faggart.

Memorials may be made to Accord Ministries, Canine Assistants, or Assembly of God Missions and sent in care of the mortuary.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 12 at the Hope Church in Caldwell. Due to Covid-19 the funeral will be restricted to family only.

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Arrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kansas.

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