Gary Michael Brunt

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Gary Michael Brunt, age 73, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Eddyville, Iowa, passed away Saturday morning, October 29, 2016, at the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics in Knoxville.
Visitation for Gary will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at the Eddyville Funeral Chapel. Gary's family will be greeting friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Tuesday evening.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Eddyville Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow services at Highland Cemetery in Eddyville.
Gary was born on June 7, 1943, at the Mercy Hospital in Oskaloosa to Keith and Mildred (Kerr) Brunt. Gary was raised on a farm west of Eddyville in Mahaska County where he attended Blaine and later Star Country School. Gary attended and graduated from the Eddyville High School, Class of 1961. After high school Gary moved to Kansas City and attended auto parts school.
After his auto parts school Gary spent six years working at Harry Sheets Meat locker, then Chamberlain Manufacturing, and Ideal Supply Delivery. In 1967 Gary entered the United States Navy and served for four years on the U.S.S. Tolovana during the Vietnam Era and was stationed in Long Beach, California. After his service Gary managed Fitch's/Autowise and worked at J.P. Summers, and the V. A. Hospital in Knoxville, retiring in 2005.
Gary was active all his life. In school he was involved with 4H. He rode motorcycles and golfed. He enjoyed drag racing and watching NASCAR Racing. One of Gary's biggest passions in life was singing. He began singing in high school with a gospel quartet and throughout his life Gary sang and played guitar in bands.
Gary is survived by his son Jeremy Brunt and his wife Nicole of Oskaloosa and his two granddaughters, Madeline and Greta Brunt. He is also survived by his three sisters, Mary Beth Tyrrel and husband Charles of New Sharon, Becky Picken and husband Rex of Independence, Missouri and Melinda Dexter of Eddyville.
He was preceded in death by his parents Keith and Mildred Brunt.
A memorial has been established in Gary's name to the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter. The Eddyville Funeral Chapel is assisting Gary's family with services.
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Published on October 31, 2016
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