Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021, at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Friend, with Fr. Leo Seiker officiating. A rosary will be recited at 10:00 a.m., also on Saturday. Family suggests casual attire. A luncheon will be provided after the mass in the parish hall, followed by a graveside committal at Dorchester Cemetery. Visitation is Friday, December 10, at Lauber Funeral Home, Friend, from 1-8:00 p.m. with family receiving relatives and friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers are: Ethan Bruha, Seth Bruha, Andrew Gothier, Brandon Bruha, David Smaus, Danny Neeman and Jimmy Jelinek. Honorary Pallbearers are: Alexis Gothier, Bailey Smaus, Harold Axline, Greg Tyser and Shelena Neeman. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation.
Jack LeRoy Bruha was born July 13, 1934, in Omaha, Nebraska to Frank and Creolla Pearl “Sidy” (Neihart) Bruha and passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at his home in Dorchester at the age of 87.
As a young boy, Jack attended a country school south of the home place and later graduated from Dorchester High School with the class of 1952. He enlisted into the US Army in 1953 and was honorably discharged in 1955. Jack was united in marriage to Ann Jelinek on January 4, 1958, in Wahoo and to this union five boys were born: John, Jim, Tim, Don, Brian. Together they lived in the Dorchester area their entire lives, ultimately moving into 1012 Fulton Av Dorchester in the early 70’s. Jack had various jobs over the years but mainly was a heavy equipment operator for NL Cole Construction and JJ Westhoff Construction, retiring at the age of 83. Over the years, Jack loved watching his children and grandchildren’s athletic events and enjoyed hunting, fishing and going on hunting and fishing trips with his friends and family. He was a member of the Dorchester American Legion and the Dorchester Fire Department.
Jack is survived by his wife, Ann, Dorchester; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Rochelle Bruha, Dorchester, Jim and Tracy Bruha, Wickenburg, AZ, Tim Bruha and Diane Bruha, Crete, Don and Tricia Bruha, Lincoln; grandchildren, Shelena and Dan Neeman, Dorchester, Brandon Bruha and special friend, Cassidy Olson, also of Dorchester, Alexis and Andrew Gothier, Laurel, NE, Bailey and David Smaus, Yuma, AZ, Ethan and Seth Bruha, both of Lincoln; 5 great-grandchildren, including one more on the way; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Jelinek, Lincoln, Pat Bruha, Milford; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, son, Brian, in 1988, a brother, Dale Bruha, a sister, Carol Hrdlicka, three brothers-in-law, Carl and Lawrence Jelinek and Bob Hrdlicka.
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