Mike Dominick Bruno, 86, of rural Pinckneyville, passed away at his home Sunday, April 5, 2020, surrounded by loving family. Mike was born March 9, 1934, in Pinckneyville, Illinois, a son of John B. and Josephine (Ruffino) Bruno. He married Mary Louise Roberts November 5, 1955, and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on October 24, 2016.
Mike was a devoted husband and father who enjoyed his lifetime career of grain and livestock farming. Together with his wife Mary, they built a home and a farm operation to support and nurture seven children. Mike was also employed as a machinist for several years at Olin Corporation in Alton, Illinois, and National Mining Company in Nashville, Illinois.
Mike found a deep satisfaction in the hard work of farming and tending livestock, meeting the challenges of each changing season. While teaching his children the value of hard work, he also found time to enjoy leisure activities with his family including bowling, motorcycle and bicycle riding, swimming, gardening and preserving home-grown produce, as well as cooking and baking pies and cakes. He also enjoyed enthusiastic games of pinochle with family and friends.
Mike had a deep and abiding love and appreciation for the natural world around him, not only being an ardent observer of plant and animal life, but of the weather as well. He enjoyed bird watching, was able to identify a wide diversity of plants and trees, and carefully cultivated his cherished fruit, nut, and ornamental trees. He enjoyed fishing and was an exceptionally skilled hunter, never failing to harvest game to supply variety to the family table. Always the hospitable host, he gifted many friends and family with his homemade fruit pies and his own specially crafted summer deer sausage.
A man of wisdom and intelligence acquired through experience and keen and quiet observation, he has been described by those who admired him as kind, thoughtful, generous, and always ready to extend a helping hand. Being a man of good moral character, he was respected as one who was always a gentleman. As a father, he was ever mindful of setting a good example in order to instill his values in his children, who deeply mourn his loss while looking forward to the prospect of reuniting with their beloved father in a future promised resurrection on a Paradise earth. (John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15)
Survivors include six sons: Michael Bruno of Pinckneyville, Mickey (Becky) Bruno of Pierron, Illinois, Mark (Robbin) Bruno, Marvin (Rhonda) Bruno, and Marty (Tracey) Bruno, all of Pinckneyville, and Matthew (Nicole) Bruno of Harrisburg, Illinois; one daughter, Mildred (Rick) Walker of Pinckneyville; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a great great grandchild. He is also survived by two brothers: Angelo (Leta) Bruno, George Bruno and two sisters: Marie Wettig and Margaret Padfield; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, infant daughter Miriam, his parents, and three brothers, John J. (“Joe”), Floyd, and Richard Bruno.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville, Illinois assisted with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered on their website at www.styningerfuneralhomes.com.
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