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Wayne F Brunner

Wayne F Brunner

Wayne F. Brunner, age 63 of Arkansaw, died suddenly of a heart attack on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Advent Health Hospital in Durand.

Wayne was born March 14, 1956 in Durand. He was the son of James & Evelyn (Spindler) Brunner and grew up on the family dairy farm in Arkansaw. Wayne graduated from Durand High School in 1974. After graduation, Wayne worked on the family dairy farm with his father and brother. Wayne retired from milking last July and has been driving bus for Pape Bus Service in Durand. He loved going to work and especially loved telling his family all the funny stories about him and the kids on his bus.

Wayne always said that farming was not work to him, it was in his blood, what he was meant to do. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and being outdoors, either by working the fields, milking his cows, or hunting.

Wayne married Janet Berger on July 2, 1977 in Arkansaw Together Wayne and Janet raised their three children on the family dairy farm.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 42 years, Janet, children, Rebecca (Joshua) McMahon of Arkansaw, Jacob of Arkansaw and Joseph (Tina) of New Richmond, grandchildren, Jordin 20, Alexandra 17, Julia 12, Zachary 5 and Piper 3, siblings, Carol Pittman of Menomonie, Anita (Mike) Arndt of Marshfield, Suzanne McNaughton of Omaha, NE, Teresa (Tim) Smith of Dixon, IL, sister-in-law, Barb Brunner of Eau Claire, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law, Steve McNaughton, sister-in-law, Brenda Berger and his brother, James Brunner.

Wayne will be remembered as a kind and loving soul that was loved by many.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00PM to 4:00PM on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Arkansaw Community Center in Arkansaw.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Donna Glaus Weber

    Oh Janet. I am so sorry to hear that Wayne has passed away. Know that we are thinking of you and your family in our hearts and in our prayers.

  2. Will Winter

    Oh, man, I am so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Losing such a beautiful person as Wayne is a tragic blow to all of us who lived and appreciated him.

  3. Bernie and Gail Feuker

    Janet, we are so sorry to hear the sad news about Wayne. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult time. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  4. Mark Brantner

    so sorry for your loss

  5. george and frances black

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Connie & Terry Weber

    We are so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. You are so right, I will always remember Wayne as a kind, loving soul. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

  7. patrick brantner

    I am very sorry for your loss I will always remember Wayne is a very good classmate always helping me out and always have very good conversations about the fireman. I'm going to miss him dearly and that they're too bad I couldn't see much more of him over the years pass. RIP

  8. Kay and Wayne Craig

    Janet, you and your family have our greatest sympathy. If one good thing came out of the raw milk battle, it is that we got to meet Wayne and yourself. We are sending you all of our love and prayers.

  9. Jacob Stafford

    Wayne made my family and I feel welcome many times while in the area visiting. Janet and Wayne always welcomed us and shared stories and on a few occasions let me help on the farm. There was nothing better than visiting and helping on the Brunner farm. He will be missed greatly and never forgotten. Take care Brunner family.

  10. Christy McCoy

    Janet, Becky, Jacob and Joseph,
    We are so sorry for your loss. I have many happy memories from my childhood of Wayne and visiting the farm. He will be missed.

  11. Pat Marsh

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for all!

  12. Jenny and John Eckardt

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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