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Vernon Bruhn

Vernon Charles Bruhn passed away on Feb. 23, 2012. He was born Feb. 17, 1925 in Winters, where he lived all his life. He began his career in the fire service as a cadet in high school and was a volunteer firefighter at the Winters Fire Department from 1945-63. In 1963, he accepted a paid position with the fire dept and within five years, was promoted to fire chief. He retired in 1987. When he proposed to Vera, he told her that he would never move out of Winters, something she needed to know before she answered his proposal. Vernon loved his community and served it in many capacities. He was selected as the Winters Citizen of the Year in 1974. He belonged to several organizations, having served as an officer in many of them for years. He was a WWII Coast Guard Veteran who served in the Pacific and Bering Sea. He was an active member in many community and fire organizations. He also served on the Sacramento/Yolo Mosquito District Board for 12 years. He enjoyed camping with friends and family, growing plants and working in his garden. He especially loved working with his woodcrafts in his shop and traveled all over California and Nevada attending craft shows with Vera and his good friends Terry and Barbara Karlen. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 63 yrs, Vera Yarberry Bruhn; parents, Vernon E. and Mary Stuart Bruhn; son, Robert C. Bruhn; grandchildren David and Emily; brother, Milton S. Bruhn; sister-in-law, Joyce Bruhn; brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Antionette Yarberry; and step-brother, Donald Marlow. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Bruhn Ehnat (Thomas), Vernon E. Bruhn II (Katherine), Jeffrey L. Bruhn (Linda); Daughter-in-law, Kathy Wilton; Brother and Sister-in-law, Edgar and Virginia Yarberry; Sister-in-law Helen Marlow, grandchildren, Stephen Ehnat (Kristin), Denise Ehnat, Jennifer Ehnat Myers (Brandon), Amanda Ehnat, Michael Bruhn (Bernadette), Sylvia Bruhn, Sondra Bruhn Smith (Joshua), Tristine Bruhn Wheeler (Richard), Vernon Charles Bruhn II (Tiffani), Tyquin Johnson (Sheryl), Mystique Johnson Chandler, Jeffery Bruhn (Tera) and Siobhan Bruhn, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, cousins, LeRoy Harrington and Loretta (Harrington) Latona, Friends are invited to a visitation Thursday, March 1, from 2-8 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Winters, and to share in a celebration of Vernon's, life on Friday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Fire Department, 700 Main Street in Winters, (located on the corner of Highway 128 and Main Street), then to the graveside committal at Winters Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winters Fire Department, Yolo County Hospice or the Winters Community Center.

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Viewing
Thursday, March 1, 2012
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home - Winters

34 Main Street
Winters, CA 95694

Funeral
Friday, March 2, 2012
11:00 AM
Winters Fire Department

Corner of Main & Highway 128
Winters, CA 95694



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Guestbook

Hi there Grandpa... You were and always will be my greatest role model. I wish I could have seen you one last time, but I will forever cherish our last phone call. Love you so much. Say hi to Dad for me.

Sondra Smith Apr 11 2012 12:00 AM

Almost 40 years ago, I found myself across a desk from Chief Bruhn. I had just completed my oral interview and he was offering me my first paid job in the Fire Service. I asked my Dad, the late A.M. "Andy" Bertsch, (W.F.D. Fire Chief) about Vern, and he said "You would be hard pressed to find a better Man, west of the Rockies!" That was good enough for me. Thanks Chief for giving me, and so many others, their start in a profession that was so fortunate to have you as a "Chief". Sincerely, Thomas Michael Bertsch Fire Captain Cal-Fire Retired

THOMAS MICHAEL BERTSCH Mar 17 2012 12:00 AM

I WAS SADDENED TO HEAR OF CHIEF BRUHNS PASSING. I WAS FORTUNATE TO WORK FOR HIM IN THE LATE 70'S AND EARLY 80'S. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING AND ENJOYABLE JOBS I HAVE EVER HAD. AT A TIME WHEN FEMALES WERE UNCOMMON IN THE FIRE SERVICE, HE WAS PROGRESSIVE AND INNOVATIVE ENOUGH TO TAKE A CHANCE ON US. BECAUSE OF HIM, SEVERAL FIRE AGENCIES IN THE COUNTY HAVE FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS TODAY, SOME EVEN AS CHIEFS. I WILL CELEBRATE A "THREE-THIRSTY" TIME IN YOUR MEMORY CHIEF.

KIM SOARES Mar 1 2012 12:00 AM