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John Brunner

September 1, 2021

John Brunner entered eternal life Sept. 1,2021at his home in Newton, Kansas. John was born July 29,1941 in Wichita, KS, to Lawrence and Roberta(Gaedeke) Brunner. John was the youngest child, joining his brothers Robert and Larry and sister Jean Anne.

John grew up in Newton and graduated from Newton High School in 1959. After graduating, he joined his father in the concrete contracting business. In 1965 he started work at Hesston Corporation which is now Agco. John retired from Agco after 37 years.

In 1966 he married Treva Abrahams in Newton, Kansas. She survives of the home. John and Treva had three children, Stephanie, Sean and Kimberly.

Throughout his adult life, John was active in Newton Community Theatre. One of his favorite roles was playing Pellinore in Camelot. John also served on the board of directors for Newton Community Theatre. He was also a member of the Chisholm Trail Festival board for 20 years, serving as chairman and entertainment coordinator. During his time as entertainment coordinator, John brought Sunday evening gospel concerts to the Chisholm Trail Festival.

John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Larry, mother and father in law Ed and Adaline Abrahams; brothers in law Barry Abrahams and Allen Abrahams and son Sean.

Surviving John are wife Treva of the home; daughters Stephanie (Gary) Bortz of Winfield, Kansas; Kimberly (Ed) Giesen of Wichita; brother Robert (Pat) of Athens, Texas; sister Jean Anne (Richard) Nuss of Woodinville, Washington and sister in law Mary Brunner (Tom Lewis) of Louisville, Colorado. Also surviving John are his five grandchildren: Kira Bortz, Overland Park; Alex Bortz and Haley Bortz of Winfield; Nikolai Giesen and Canaan Giesen of Wichita.

The family will greet visitors Monday, September6 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Petersen’s Funeral Home, Newton. Memorial service is Wednesday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Newton Christian Church,210 Southport Drive, Newton. Memorials are to the Newton Christian Church Benevolent Fund and the Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center of Newton.

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7 thoughts on “John Brunner

  1. My deepest condolences to Treva, Stephanie, and Kimberly, and all of John’s grandchildren.

    I have many fond memories of Uncle John.

    I will always remember him entertaining us with a magic show at Grandpa’s kitchen table when we first joined the family after his brother Larry married our mom. We were brand new to the family and he made us feel welcome and at ease.

    We knew how much he loved theater, so it was exciting that on one visit to Newton, we got to watch him, along with Stephanie and Kim, perform in Auntie Mame.

    Another time we visited Newton, he and Treva took us to the Chisolm Trail Festival. I had no idea at the time that he was involved in putting it together! I just remember the fun time we had there.

    My children only had one opportunity to meet their great uncle, but they will always remember how he took the time to talk with them about their shared love of theater.

    I’m sure he and Dad are having a happy reunion in heaven.

  2. My deepest sympathies Treva and family.
    May our Lord surround you wirh comfort and peace. My thoughts and prayers always.

  3. John will be missed. he always make me laugh out loud! He was always so friendly to myself and Julie. I am so so sorry – but remember all the good times, and know he is in a much better place. Plus, I recon he will not have to wear a mask in Heaven as well! Sending love from Iowa…Ken, Julie, Lindsey, Landon and Lydia

  4. Treva, We feel so sad that you no longer have John with you here. But the glory of knowing he is with our Lord and Saver, I’m sure is a comfort to you. I’d love to be there with you to hug you. You are a dear person and I admire you for your strength and courage to face life once again without his presence.

  5. Treva may the Lord provide comfort to you and the family at this difficult time. And may fond memories bring you comfort

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