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Wayne T BrucknerBRUCKNER Wayne T. age 77, resident of Union Twp. Beloved husband of 57 years to Nedra S. (nee Baker) Bruckner. Loving father of Christopher Bruckner and Jason (Sharon) Bruckner. Brother of Lawana Bruckner. Grandfather of Laura (Andrew) Elliott. Great-grandfather of Ezra Elliott. Wayne retired after 35 years from Cincinnati Milacron as a supervisor for the grinder division. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be directed to Matthew 25 Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242 or online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/matthew25ministries. Family will receive friends Monday, September 11, 2017 from 10 Am until 11 Am Celebration of Life Service until 12 Noon at Moore Family Funeral Home, 6708 Main St., Newtown.
Wayne Ted Bruckner and I were best friends during the 1950s, a relationship that lasted through high school and beyond. I met Wayne during the summer of 1949 or 1950 as he moved into his house on Clayton street in Walnut Hills. He was working hard helping to move in and I was watching from a vantage point near the building in which my grandparents lived. A portent of things to come; I would watch him work a lot during the coming years. That was the beginning of a lasting friendship, though our paths diverged after high school. In the sixth grade he switched to Hoffman elementary where we became closer, walking to and from school each day. Saturdays during the school year we went to the Williams YMCA where we did crafts, watched movies, and swam. Wayne matured very early psychologically and intellectually. I recall vividly his retelling of stories from the adventure books he constantly read. He always laughed at me because I would read comic books by simply looking at the pictures. Later his self confidence shown in high school English giving reports on assigned books in front of the class. I relied on Waynes early maturity for guidance as I was slow to develop confidence and self esteem. Often he was my protector. I found it very difficult to strike out on my own and I recall one Saturday when Wayne went off to the Y alone and my parents had a very difficult time inducing me to go on my own and meet him there. We had great times in those early years exploring far and wide whenever possible. Wayne loved horror pictures like The Thing and House of Wax, which I didnt have the nerve to watch. One year Wayne, Earlene, and I all got Schwinn bikes for Christmas and we could be found speeding around the neighborhood together. Wayne always used to sleep late on the weekends and during the summer and I would have to repeatedly check to see when he was up. On Easter we would put on our (usually) new suits and go to Sunday School and Church at Bethlehem Methodist Church on Woodburn Avenue. Most Sundays we went to Methodist Youth Fellowship at the same church to play basketball and meet the girls. We sold papers at DeSales corner and often paired up yelling Post! and Time Star! and waiting for drivers to stop and pay a nickel for their paper. Bob Mathews Silver Spring, Maryland Continued
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Page 2 Wayne started junior high school at Walnut Hills as I went on to Withrow. He made the freshman football team in the 8th grade, but he wasnt happy at Walnut Hills and transferred to Withrow as a freshman. We played on the freshman football team together. I was a lineman and Wayne was the strongest running back on the team. He also played cornerback and later specialized in defense on the reserve and varsity teams at Withrow. Our junior year we were both hurt in the same game against Walnut Hills, Wayne with a sprained knee and I with a minor fracture in my ankle. We spent several summers working out and getting ready for summer practices. Wayne was very athletic and succeeded at making any team he tried for. He threw the discuss and put the shot on the track team. We played basketball at St. Francis DeSales and were on baseball teams together; he was always the guy everyone wanted on their team. Waynes interest in mechanical things started early. His dad had a small workshop where Wayne avidly watched and pitched in when allowed. More importantly, there was a small auto repair shop across from his house where he would hang out and eventually be drawn in by the mechanics and taught how to work with carburetors and such. When we were 16 he bought a 1939 Plymouth and he couldnt wait to work on it and make into his idea of a cool ride. Eventually he with fellow Withrow students Tom Trainer and Jim Bornhoffer were able to get a newer engine and replace the old one. I think that Nedra surely remembers dating in that old hotrod. Those early mechanical inclinations obviously formed the basis for his success at Cincinnati Milacron and again after retirement. Wayne played an important role in my early life. I will never forget him. The Wayne Bruckner that I knew was kind, thoughtful, and caring. His next-door neighbor was bound to a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy and Wayne often spent time with him helping him through his day. One of Waynes favorite Elvis Presley songs was Old Shep, which made him think of a dog that he had as a youngster but couldnt bring to Walnut Hills. That is the Wayne Ted Bruckner that I will never forget. Bob Mathews Silver Spring, Maryland
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Mrs.Bruckner, So,so sorry for your loss...such a gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family... Take care, Shirley Ogden
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