Dalbert attended/started school in a one room schoolhouse northeast of Logan. He graduated from Logan High School in Logan, KS in 1956. After high school, he joined the Army and was stationed in the Alaskan Territory in Fairbanks, Alaska. He became acquainted with Karen Bolte through a high school Kayette project, where members wrote to servicemen. When Dalbert finished his term of duty, they began dating and then got engaged and married.
Dalbert and Karen married on June 17, 1960 in Plainville, KS. To this union, five children were born: Donna, Kim, Roy, Paula and Kristin. Over the years, the family lived in Plainville, Hill City, Palco, Phillipsburg, Logan, Atwood, Herndon, and Oberlin.
Over the years, Dalbert worked in an oilfield and owned and operated Bruning Repair. He belonged to the VFW, American Legion, and Masons. His hobbies were fishing, making birdhouses and squirrel feeders, mowing, being a handyman, working on vehicles and spending time with his beloved pets, Trudy, his dog and Cookie, his cat.
Dalbert was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Martha Bruning and his wife, Karen Bruning.
He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Donna and Rick Weeks of Cawker City, KS, Kim and Steve Dempewolf of Colby, KS, Roy and Teresa Bruning of Atwood, KS, Paula and Bryan Keffeler of Holdrege, NE and Kristin and Kurt Grafel of Natoma, KS; 12 grandchildren: Nicholas Weeks of Downs, KS, Nathan Weeks of Cawker City, KS, Natasha (Weishapl) Flora of Quinter, KS, Bethany and Cameron Weishapl of McCook, NE, Ryan Bruning of Joplin, MO, Renae (Bruning) Malan of Joplin, MO, Katelyn and Brayden Keffeler of Holdredge, NE, Keaston Grafel of Oberlin, KS, Kayla Grafel of Herrington, KS, Kourtney Grafel of Lawrence, KS; 3 step-grandchildren: Renee Sagel of Atwood, KS, Kimberly Sagel of Atwood, KS, Brett Sagel of Sheridan, MO; 14 great-grandchildren: Hadley Flora, Carter and Sterling Grafel, Aubrie, Daymond, Jameson and Evelyn Malan, Ryker Weeks, and Chevee LaToush and step-great-grandchildren: Fiona, Conner, Luca and Baylor Sagel, and Liberty Sharpe.
Memorial services will be held 10:30 am Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Faith Lutheran Church in Oberlin.
Inurnment at a later date at St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery in Logan, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Services, Inc. Palliative Care of Northwest Kansas. Condolences may be left at paulsfh.com