Walter Brunner Jr.
Warner, NH – Walter Brunner Jr. of Warner, NH died in Keller, Texas on June 30, 2021, aged 79.
Walter was born on April 11, 1940 in New Canaan, Connecticut, to the late Walter Brunner Sr. and Olga (Koda). He graduated from New York Military Academy in 1960 and then attended Ohio State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science in 1966.
After college, Walter proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the 1968 Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service to the Republic of Vietnam from May 1967 to May 1968. E-4 Brunner was promoted to Valor Writer in 1967 and Special and Higher Awards Writer in 1968 for his exceptional writing skills and proven writing skills selected from service prices.
Walter attended the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute and completed the Federal Aviation Administration-approved multi-engine curriculum in 1969, where he then accepted a position as a mail carrier in and around New York State.
Walter was an entrepreneur and had two successful window shutters for over thirty years. His passion, however, was cooking, and he was particularly talented at Texas bar-b-que and seafood gumbo. With his wife, sister and brother-in-law, he brought Texas to New Hampshire and pursued his dream by opening a BBQ restaurant called “Abilene’s” in the 1980s that fortunately many were able to enjoy.
Walter’s father, a first-generation immigrant from Switzerland, instilled in him Swiss values and an unparalleled love for pastries and sweets. As a child, delivering newspapers, starting and maintaining blueberry and strawberry farms, paving highways and scooping hay, making snow in the mountains of New Hampshire, and many other jobs that came his way, Walter wasn’t afraid to work. He was extraordinarily hardworking and ambitious and always found the next opportunity. Walter was also tough, incredibly generous, charismatic, charming, and loving.
Walter enjoyed the trips to Las Vegas and the thrill of winning a jackpot.
He loved all animals, especially his poodles, Teddy and Max.
He gave all he could to his children, and he loved, cherished, and sincerely cared for his family, present and deceased, and friends.
Walter passed away from his father and mother, his sister Jacquelyn B. Brunner from Warner, New Hampshire, and his first wife. He leaves behind his children Walter Brunner III from Manchester, New Hampshire, Steven Hansen from Vancouver, Washington and Heather Brunner-Kelly and her husband Michael Kelly from Colleyville, Texas; his loving granddaughter Sydney and his former wife Patricia Brunner from Texas City, Texas.
A grave burial and burial is scheduled for September 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery Annex in Warner, New Hampshire. (Cemetery on the corner of Mill St. and Depot St., across from Warner Power)
Everyone is invited to join in and celebrate Walter’s life.
Published by Concord Monitor on August 29, 2021.