He was born in Rushville on July 29, 1928, the son of Clyde S. and Mary A. (Mowery) Bruner.
He was a United States Army veteran, serving in the 765th Battalion during the Korean War. He was retired from Amax Coal Company, Minnehaha Mine, in Dugger. He attended the Bible Wesleyan Chapel (formerly the Community Bible Church) in Linton.
He is survived by his wife, whom he married on Oct. 20, 1952, Mary E. (Carpenter) Bruner of Linton; five sons, Robert Irvin (Rita) Bruner of Sullivan, Melvin Lee (Rita) Bruner of Bloomfield, Michael Dale (Joleen) Bruner of Washington, Gary Dean (Leslie) Bruner of Lake Worth, Florida, and Daniel Eugene (Rhonda) Bruner of Wheatland, a brother, Vernon L. Mowery; three sisters, Bonnie E. Phillips, Doris J. Hasler and Elsie Fay French, all of Linton; seven grandchildren, several step great grandchildren; an aunt, Martha Uland of Bicknell, an uncle, Guy Mowery of Frankfort, and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral service will be conducted at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton at 1 p.m. Friday with Rev. Richard D. Birden officiating.
Burial will follow at Stafford Cemetery near Sandborn with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post No. 22.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday.
Online condolences can be sent at www.welchcornett.com.