Dr. Larry Duane Brunk, 77, of Burlington died at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, 2012, At Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.
Born July 25, 1935 in Bloomfield, he was the son of Clifford and Zella Modrell Brunk. On February 1, 1957 he married Sandra K. Giles in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Brunk graduated from Burlington High School in 1953, attended Burlington Junior College, the University of Utah and graduated from the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, in Iowa City, in 1964. He was active in dental research with Dr. Gordon Christensen of Clinical Research Associates for a number of years. He practiced dentistry in Burlington for 49 years.
Dr. Brunk was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Des Moines County Dental Society, Southeast Iowa Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Flying Dentist Society and Association of Experimental Aviators. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, National Rifleman Association and Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. Dr. Brunk enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports, flying, and running coyotes with hounds. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and passing his knowledge, talents and experience on to his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sandra Brunk of Burlington; three daughters, Renee (Tom) Dannenbring of Indianapolis, Indiana and Regena Johnson and Krista Brunk both of Burlington; one son, Douglas Brunk of Burlington; four grandchildren, Tara (Craig Jenkins) Dannenbring, TJ Weyls, Brittney Archer, Blake Archer and one great granddaughter, Shayleigh; and two brothers, Arnold Brunk of Kahoka, Missouri and Steve Brunk of Burlington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ronald Eugene Brunk and Jerry Brunk; and one sister, Rosemary Moore.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, December 14th, at Lunning Chapel.
The funeral service for Dr. Brunk will be 10 a.m. Saturday, December 15th, at Lunning Chapel. The Revs. Trevor Davis and Larry Garrett will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for a high school scholarship in memory of Dr. Larry Brunk.
Renee and Regina,
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Just had scene Dr Brunk last week. He was always so kind to me. I will miss him.
I was very sad to hear about Dr. Brunk's passing. I told him frequently that he was an artist in his own right. His skills as a dentist were superior. He was always kind and patient with everyone of his patients. He will be missed.
Sandy and family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Larry touched so many people throughout his life in such a positive way. We have heard so many wonderful stories from my grandparents of you four. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this hard time. Kristina & Shawn Ashby
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Krista, I am so sorry to here about your dad he was always so nice and always had a great smile when I would come for my appt. i'm so sorry for your loss. I remember my grandparents Paul and Irene Broeg would come to his office for dental visit.Deepest Sympathy Jennifer Broeg-Walljasper
Krista and the office family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all like family to me and my family. He was like another dad to me. He will be truly missed.
Friendship from growing up days, his smile and always friendly greetings. You will be missed.
HEART felt wishes to his family.
The Lewis Mehaffy family
My deep felt condolences goes out to you and your family as you struggle through the grief and sadness. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Krista, Regina and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your dad will truely be missed, his smile was catchy ! With our deepest sympathy.
Sandy and family,
I was very sorry to hear about Larry's passing. Larry will always be remembered as a caring husband, father and grandfather. My thoughts and prayer are with you and your family. God Bless
Dr. Brunk was my dentist. Just weeks ago, he went out of his way to make me an emergency appointment because I had a tooth ache. He told me to call me if I needed anything else & gave me his home number. I did end up needing to call & Dr. Brunk kindly answered his home phone at 8 o'clock that night, & called in a prescription for me. I sincerely appreciate his kindness, thoughtfulness, & the warm feeling from he & his staff. My deepest sympathies to his family & co-workers. He was a wonderful man.
Larry always had a smile on his face and thinking of him does the same for me. What a dear man and he will dearly be missed. It was a gift to know him. I am thinking of you on this journey.
Aunt Sandy and Family,
I was so deeply saddened to hear Uncle Larry had passed away. I thought a lot of him. He always made you feel so special and loved when you saw him. And he was someone very special too! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Missy and Family
Sandy, Krista, Regina and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always remember Dr. Brunk for so many reasons... his smiles, caring words and his generosity. Who else would have put up with Sophie coming to appointments. He will be missed by us and so many others. Love to all of you.
Krista, Regina and family,
So sorry for the loss of your beloved dad. He was such a gentle guy. He always took such special care when we came to see him. Even when I would see him away from the office he would always give me a hug! He is with Jesus now :) Blessing to you all! Patrick & Nancy koval
I'm so sorry for your loss. I saw Dr. Brunk exactly one week ago in his office. He was such a happy, loving man. He made me laugh with each visit.
I'll miss him dearly.
Brittney, Blake & Krista: we will remember your Grandpa & Father Krista coming in the office & always putting his hand on our shoulder & asking how things were and talk to us for a little while. We will miss him very much. Sandy & the rest of family he enjoyed his life to the fullest & his family. Sincerely, Jim & Janet
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember waiting on Dr. Brunk at the Burlington Golf Club. I always made sure I had a container filled with his sweetener for his Ice Tea. Oh the wonderful memories.
Another day hunting with Doc
Krista and family,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I will always remember him coming into the room and patting me on the shoulder and asking me how I was when I came to the office. May you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of your dad.
My prayers go out to his family/friends and may you remember all of the good times you shared with him.
Krista, Brit, and Blake and Family~So Sorry to hear about your loss. May his smile be remember as i know he remembers all his smiles he saw!! Thoughts and prayers to you all. We will miss him also at out twice a year meetings.
Love Matt, Anika, Hayden and Kinnick
My deepest sympathy for family & friends of Larry.
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