William “Bill” Elliott Bruning

William Elliott Bruning

April 13, 1928 – January 1, 2023

William “Bill” Elliott Bruning, 94, of Omaha, Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather, passed away on January 1, 2023. He was born on April 13, 1928, to Mary Jane (Gosch) and Albert Kirk Bruning. Married to Lois, they raised two daughters, Abby Lee and Elizabeth Ann. Bill loved traveling and being the life of the party. He traveled for his career as a manufacturer sales rep, selling railroad parts across the country and bringing back many colorful stories he would share over a cocktail.

William was preceded in death and welcomed into heaven by his loving wife Lois H. Bruning, daughter Elizabeth Ann Bruning, granddogs Bailey and Maggie, father Albert Kirk Bruning, mother Mary Jane Gosch,  stepmother Esther Bruning, his best friend and cousin Fred Bruning; and numerous other cousins, family, and friends.

He is survived and missed by his daughter Abby Hansen (Randy); granddaughter Dakota Feyerherm (Mitch); great-grandchildren, Tristan and Ava Feyerherm; sister Lucielle Cardella; niece Antonia Cardella; granddog Bella and so many more who will cherish their memories of him and celebrate Bill’s zest for life.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 13th, from 5-7 p.m. at West Center Chapel. Friends and Family are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday, January 14th, from noon to 4 p.m. at Big Fred’s Pizza, 1101 S. 119th St.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society or the Kim Foundation/Suicide Prevention.



  • Lynda Straka Mobley Posted January 5, 2023 12:38 pm

    So sorry for the los of your father, grandfather and loved one. I remember Mr Bruning when the family lived up the street from us on Woolworth. He and Mrs Bruning were so kind to me and my sister. His loss is felt by many.

  • Fr. Jim Clifton, SJ Posted January 9, 2023 7:44 am

    Phil: I remember you from your time at Prep. I am sorry to hear of the death of your uncle. I will remember him at Mass this week, and pray that God hold your family close.

  • Kim (Kyles) Castellano Posted January 10, 2023 7:04 am

    Abby- my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your family was “my other family” growing up. I love you all dearly. Your dad was a hard working, devoted family man and dear friend to my dad. He was so special. Love you !

  • Antonia Cardella Posted January 13, 2023 12:05 pm

    Mom and Uncle Bill lost their mother when Mom was six and Bill was three. Their dad was an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad and he was on the road a lot. Grandpa’s mom didn’t want Mom. She said, I’ll take Billy, but I don’t want Lucille.” Ultimately, she did raise both kids, but it was kind of Lucille and Bill against the world. Uncle Bill was brilliant, funny, stubborn, and opinionated. I loved him dearly, although I didn’t see or talk to him often due to distance. Abby, Mom and I both appreciate all of your love and care for him. You were the best daughter he and Aunt Lois could have hoped for. Love you, TJ

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