Melvin J. Bruck

February 11, 1945 - March 9, 2024

 Melvin Bruck, son of Tony & Marie (Mary Bissen) Bruck, was born on February 11,1945 in Earling, Iowa. He was one of 10 children with 4 brothers and 5 sisters. Melvin was baptized, had first communion, and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Earling, Iowa, where he remained a lifelong member. He attended school at St Joseph’s in Earling and graduated in 1963.
After high school he joined the National Guard. Upon his return from the military, he began farming north of Earling. Melvin found the love of his life when he met Marilea Dresen. On December 27, 1969, they were united in marriage. To this union 5 children were born, Michele, Matt, Robert, Steven & Ann.
Melvin continued to farm the rest of his life raising corn, soybeans and cattle. Melvin enjoyed several hobbies. He was an avid watcher of sports including basketball and football both on TV and attending the many games his grandkids played in. Gardening was a huge pastime in the summer months and Melvin was very proud of their garden and enjoyed sharing its produce with all their kids and neighbors. He also enjoyed card playing with friends and family. His children and grandchildren were everything to him. He was so proud of every accomplishment and special talent they possessed, no matter how big or small. He spent a tremendous amount of time with his grandkids holding the little ones on his lap so they could explore all his pockets, giving them rides on the ranger, and letting them dig in the dirt to help in his garden. He enjoyed visiting with the older kids about what was going on in their lives with jobs, sporting events, school and even relationships. Melvin loved hearing everything. Melvin was a man of faith and attended church weekly and made an effort to keep in touch with his siblings and visiting with his many friends.
Melvin passed away peacefully at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa on Saturday, March 9, 2024. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Marie Bruck; and siblings, Irma Tierney, Lucille Ausedemore, Walter Bruck, and Duane Bruck.
He is survived by his wife, Marilea Bruck of Earling, Iowa; children, Michele (Alan) Hall of Harlan, Iowa, Matthew (Michelle) Bruck of Harlan, Iowa, Bob (Krissa) Bruck of Earling, Iowa, Steven (Tanya) Bruck of Harlan, Iowa, and Ann (Justin) Monahan of Harlan, Iowa; 15 grandchildren, Derek, Isaac, Luke, Abigail, Jacob, Andrew, Ashley, Aidan, Isabel, Conner, Owen, Aleczander, Kinsley, Hailey, and Bennett; 2 great-grandchildren, Lucy and Emery; siblings, Delbert (Yvonne) Bruck of Harlan, Iowa, Marian(Joe) Wellman of Avoca, Iowa, Sylvia (Dennis) Gaul of Harlan, Iowa, Marlene (Ron) Arrick of Neola, Iowa, and Ralph (Joan) Bruck of Harlan, Iowa; other relatives and many friends.
A 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial was officiated by Rev. Andrew Windschitl and Rev. Clement Owusu on Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Earling, Iowa. Derek Hall, Luke Hall, Aidan Hall, Isaac Bruck, Jacob Bruck and Andrew Bruck served as casket bearers. A burial was held following the service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Earling, Iowa.
Pauley Jones Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



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