Robert "Bob" Bruty

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“A warm, long, heartfelt hug and our deepest sympathies to the whole Bruty family from the Kennedy Family in New York. We remember Bob as a kind,...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Jackie Kennedy - Syracuse, NY

“My sincere sympathy to all Bob's family. May the blessings be on Bob and all of you. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: Karl Jones - AZ

“Dear Bruty Family~ It is hard to understand why people are taken away from us so suddenly, but please find comfort in knowing you were each a special...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Tim and Kathy Patterson - IA

“Sorry to hear of you loss... ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Stephanie Beliel Thilges

“When I was growing up, Bob was more of a big brother than a cousin to me. After I became an adult, I always enjoyed coming back to Iowa and visiting...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Bill Bruty - Rockledge, FL

“To Bev & Dick, and all of the family - I wanted you to know that i am sorry to have heard of your dad's passing and that I am thinking of you this...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Peggy Shinn - Urbandale, IA

“Bev, Dickie, and the Bruty Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Working with Bev allowed me the opportunity to hear many wonderful stories of the...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Jeanne and Greg Thompson - IA

“We met Bob in 1971 when we decided to build our first and only home.He was so accomodating. He helped us plan what was reasonable for us, Then he ...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Linda & Leon McNeil - Ainsworth, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a nice man and left us way too soon. He will be greatly missed. ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Ann ferguson - Des Moines, IA

“Please accept our sympathy for the entire Bruty family. We are sorry for your loss. ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: Jim And Charlene Mathes - IL

“The entire Bruty family is in our thoughts and prayers. We are very sorry for your loss and send our sympathy to each and every one of you! ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Jack and Cathy Walsh - Fort Worth, TX

“To all the Bruty kids.... What can we say, except we're so sorry for your loss. We feel privileged to have known your dad all these years, even...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Janet SHelman - Washington, IA

“To the Bruty Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Memories live forever. ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Tom and Ava Pauley

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Bruty family. He was a great man and will be missed. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Donja Rich - Naples, FL - friend

“We're so sorry to hear about Bob's passing! You're in our thoughts and prayers. HE WAS THE GREATEST AND HE WAS VERY KIND AND WAS VERY COMPASSIONATE...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy and Doug Potter - IA

“Norm & Kim, Bev & Dick, Marsha, Brink & Ed, Sheila & Chris, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad! To lose a parent any time of year is very hard,...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Marsha Horak - AR

“Norm & Kim, Bev & Dick, Marsha, Brink & Ed, Sheila & Chris, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad! To lose a parent any time of year is very hard,...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Marsha Horak - AR

“TO ALL THE FAMILY OF "BOB": Our sincere condolence to you at this time of loss, may you find peace and comfort from Heavenly Father. Bob will be...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Sue Applegate - Ainsworth, IA

“Dear Bev and Rc and FamilyWe are very sorry for the loss of your Dad. You always spoke highly of him and your family at the Hawkeye Tail Gate...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Jim & Sandy Bucher - Iowa City, IA

20 of 26 | Posted by: BOB WARREN - WASHINGTON, IA

“To Bev, RC, and all Bob's family; We have listened to stories from Bev about her wonderful family for years when we tailgated at the Iowa games. We...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Chris and Jan Christensen

“To all the family-So sorry for your loss. We lost the historian of the family and the story teller. Any time Don or I saw Bob, he always would like...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Shirley Brown - Washington, IA

“To Norm and the entire Bruty family- Sorry to hear about Bob passing. I have great memories of him, he was a good man. Some of the best memories...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Joe Eagle - Marion, IA

“So sorry for your loss. It is never easy losing a parent and even though we know it will happen someday it does not make it any easier. The Bruty...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Rita Beers - Ainsworth, IA

“Norm and family, Im deeply sorrowful to hear of your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the love of family and friends in this time of sadness. You...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Whittaker - Washington, IA

“You have our deepest sympathy. The whole family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Jody, Dana and Parker Swift ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Jody Swift - Carnation, WA

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Robert N. "Bob" Bruty, age 74, of Washington, Iowa died suddenly on Friday, December 28, 2012.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2012 at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Troy Richmond officiating. Visitation will begin 11:00 a.m. Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 2:30 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Prayer services will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa. Memorials have been established for Paws and More Animal Shelter or the Red Brick School. Online condolences may be sent for Bob's family through the web at

Bob was born September 12, 1938 in Washington, Iowa the son of Walter Hubert and Evelyn Lorraine (Wallace) Bruty. He attended the Red Brick Country School, St. James School, and Washington High School. He was married to Marilee Lynn Cray on August 1, 1957. He later married Mary Denton Ferguson on January 12, 1990.

Bob worked in construction his entire adult life, starting out as a carpenter working for his dad, later becoming a contractor, and finally selling lumber and building supplies. He owned and operated Bruty Lumber in Washington, Iowa since 1977, and had owned and operated Bruty Construction for many years prior to that. He built many houses in and around Washington.

Bob was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He enjoyed people and was known as a great storyteller. He loved his dogs, Scooter and Charlie, and took them to work with him every day. He enjoyed going for drives in the country, hunting mushrooms, and cooking.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Bruty of Washington, Iowa; daughter, Bev Lyons and husband Dick of St. Charles, Iowa; son Norm Bruty and wife Kim of Washington, Iowa; daughter, Marsha Jensen of Washington, Iowa; daughter, Brink Colby and husband Ed of Washington, Iowa; daughter, Sheila Hanson and husband Chris of Washington; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; step-daughter, Kristi Van Laere and husband Bruce of DeWitt, Iowa; step-son, John Dennis Ferguson and wife Deana of Des Moines, Iowa; step-son-in-law Alan Evans of Washington, Iowa; six step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his brother, Frank Bruty and wife Kirtene of Washington, Iowa; sister, Ellen Osborn and husband Ernie of Milan, Illinois; sister, Rita Mathes and husband Bill of Burlington, Iowa; brother-in-law, Gerald Cherryholmes of Denton, Texas; and former wife, Marilee Bruty, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hubert Bruty; sister, Betty Cherryholmes; son-in-law, Curt Jensen; sister-in-law Sherrill Bruty; and step-daughter Kathy Evans.

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