William "Bill" O. Brunty

Saturday, September 6th, 1919 - Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
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William "Bill' O. Brunty, 100, of Bloomfield, Colorado, formerly of Murphysboro, Illinois, passed away on March 22, 2020.

Bill was born in Jackson County, Illinois, on September 6, 1919, to W. Owen Brunty and Loudene (Creal) Brunty.

Mr. Brunty served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theatre during World War II.

Bill married Gussie (Grammer) on June 28, 1947, in Murphysboro, Illinois. She preceded him in death in addition to his two brother and one sister. Bill is survived by his son, David (Debra) Brunty of RIo Rancho, New Mexico.

Mr. Brunty attended Southern Illinois University and graduated in 1954 with a degree in Education and later obtained his Masters. He taught in the Murphysboro School Systems before his retirement.

Gravesite services were held on March 30, 2020 at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park, Murphysboro, Illinois, with Rev. Charles Allen officiating. A memorial service for Bill will be held at a later date. For more information, please visit
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  • Service

    Monday, March 30th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, March 30th, 2020 10:00am
    Gravesite at Pleasant Grove Memorial Park
    31 Memorial Drive
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Charles Allen
  • Interment

    Pleasant Grove Memorial Park
    31 Memorial Drive
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Bruce Wilson

Posted at 03:22pm
I had the pleasure of student teaching under his guidance in the fall of 1975. He had a sense of humor that kept me alert. He also had a serious side and could become stern if needed. Bill arranged for me to substitute teach for him for six weeks during the Spring semester, 1976 as I worked on a masters degree. His recommendation resulted in me getting awarded a fellowship to work on a PhD and a position teaching at the Whiteside Area Vocational Center. We remained friends and stayed in contact throughout his life. My last visit with him was in June 2019, and his sense of humor was as strong as ever. He left me with special memories that will be held dear the rest of my life.

Stephen Will

Posted at 07:03pm
Mr. Brunty taught me so many things that made me who I am. My knowledge of architecture and how to build things correctly. I learned to read blueprints so well that I was the best Superintendent in So. Illinois. I managed projects that others didn't have a clue about. I built things that engineers said would fail, but they didn't. Thank you sir for the education that made me what I am.

Charlie Bottom

Posted at 06:40am
Bill was my drafting teacher in HS. He was one of the reasons why I went on to college and earned a drafting degree & later a civil engineering degree. RIP Bill.

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