John R. Brunner

John R. Brunner, 67, of Bowler, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at his home.

John was born in Shawano on March 10, 1950, the son of the late Martin and Julia (Dahse) Brunner. On Nov. 30, 1973, John was united in marriage to Bonnie Hesse. They resided in Bowler over the past 26 years.

John retired from Waste Management of Antigo in 2014. He enjoyed showing his hot rods at car shows, was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially watching their sporting events, was president of the Bowler Bayriders Snowmobile Club and a former Bowler School Board member. He was a member of St. Francis Solanus Church in Gresham.

John is survived by his wife, Bonnie; children, Lori (Andy) Schmidt, of Gresham, Matt (Crystal) Brunner, of Tigerton, Sarah (Mark) Sippl, of Birnamwood, and Emily (Jason) Hintt, of Antigo; eight grandchildren, Ethan (Anna) Schmidt, Elizabeth (Daniel) Schmidt, Eric Schmidt, Eben Schmidt, Beau Brunner, Blake Brunner, Madisyn Sippl and Christopher Sippl; one great-grandson, Eli Schmidt; father-in-law, Fred Hesse, of Black River Falls; two brothers-in-law, Norb Rosenow, of Green Bay, and Brian (Brenda) Hesse, of Black River Falls; and two sisters-in-law, Debra (Kevin) Gilbertson, of Black River Falls, and Connie Hesse, of Shawano.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Shirley Rosenow; his mother-in-law, Beverly Hesse; and a brother-in-law, Duane Hesse.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Francis Solanus Church in Gresham with the Rev. Joel Jores officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Leopolis at a later date. Visitation will be held at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. and again at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.