In Memory of Bernard J. Brueggemann
by JBS Staff
Born in 1927 and raised in Northern Kentucky, Bernard J. Brueggemann epitomized what it means to be loyal to God, family, and country. He served in the Army at the close of World War II and eventually joined his dad at Bavarian Trucking Company. Branching out, he served as president of Bavarian Waste Services for 30 years, stepping down from that post in 1999 but remaining involved in the company’s efforts in numerous ways. He and his wife Rita (who pre-deceased him by three years) raised five sons and one daughter and, by 2011, there were 35 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A Life Member of The John Birch Society and one of its generous benefactors, “Bernie” was an exemplary Catholic. His devotion to his Catholic Faith, to his family, and to his country inspired all who knew him. His humility, kindness, and seemingly endless energy for only the right causes endeared him to all. In losing this gentle, hard-working, and cheerful man, America has lost one of her finest sons. The John Birch Society is proud to have called him one of its own.