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Ronald F. Bruins

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

NELSON – Ronald F. Bruins, 65, of Nelson, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Ronald was born July 10, 1948, in Morrison, the son of Albert John and Dorothy (Daniels) Bruins. He married Glenda Lee Gillin on Jan. 13, 1969, in Harmon. He attended Rock Falls schools. He was a member of the Crime Stoppers board for 25 years. Ronald was civic-minded. He worked with National Night Out, was a T-Ball Expo coach, a Governor’s Hometown Award judge for 10 years, and took part in several community activities. He enlisted in the Army on Jan. 3, 1967, with Ray Packard. He was a former member of Sterling Veterans of Foreign Wars and Rochelle VietNow. Ronald was a charter member of Silver Sams RV Club, REACT 4714, Senior Advocate Center in Sterling, and Bruins Classic Cars. He also was an honorary member of the Fulton Fire Department. Ronald was known as the “Original Car Doctor.” He was the first graduate of the D.O.L. apprenticeship program through Joe Tully Automotive in Dixon.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda, two daughters, Kayleen Bruins and Kayla Bruins (at home), and one son, Ronald F. Bruins, all of Nelson; two sisters, Barb (Tim) Frey of Rock Falls and Tammy (Craig) Hunsburger of Sterling; one brother, Dennis Bruins of Nelson; and two grandchildren, Cole Bruins and Wade Bruins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sandra Schrader.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday and the funeral at 1:30 p.m. Monday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev. Brian Vickers officiating. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery in Dixon.

The family requests memorials to be established for their 4-year-old daughter still at home, instead of flowers.

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