Posted on Sunday, 30 December 2012 in Anniversaries
Bruners Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage James and Nancy (Kinzey) Bruner were married on Dec. 29, 1962, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, IA. The couple was honored at a golden wedding anniversary dinner at St. Patrick's Parish Center on Saturday, Dec. 29, hosted by Jennie Davis; Ruth Ellen Kinzey and Joseph Gettys; and Julie, Terry and Lucy Schneekloth. The Bruners reside in Cedar Rapids. Nancy is retired from Cargill, Incorporated's International Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN. A 50-year Teamster member, Jim is retired from Model Stone, also of Minneapolis, and worked for many years at Kings Concrete in Cedar Rapids. In addition to their love for each other, the couple has created a legacy of civic-mindedness and career commitment. Jim served in the United States Army, including a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam where he was a tank commander. During his military career, he earned several medals and ribbons for his outstanding service. In recent years, he has been active in the Cedar Rapids Veterans Memorial Commission, serving as vice chair from 2003 to 2006 and was elected to chairman in 2007. He was vice president of the Cedar Rapids Metro Area Veterans Council from 2004 to 2011 and elected to president in 2012. Jim was named 2005 Veteran of the Year by the Metro Veterans Council; Military Hero for the 2004 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival; and 2006 All-Star Award Veteran recipient for Freedom from Hunger. Through the years, he has volunteered extensively for the All Veterans Memorial Park and the Bricks for a Veteran campaign as well as at the Veterans Memorial Building. He is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter #568; Veterans of Foreign Wars - Post #788; and American Legion - Post #729. Nancy is a graduate of Coe College and completed graduate work at College of St. Thomas. She has held several leadership positions in the American Business Women's Association, including district vice president and national president. She also was selected as one of the "Top Ten Women of the Year in the U.S." by the organization. In 1983, Nancy chaired the first American Business Women's Day, attending the White House ceremony when President Ronald Reagan signed the proclamation. In 1998, she was a member of the ABWA national delegation that made the organization's inaugural visit to China. Nancy still continues her national membership. Nancy has traveled in all 50 states, including a visit to the Arctic Circle, and has been to Australia and countries in South America, Europe and Asia. One of her favorite awards is the Global Vision Award, presented in Berlin by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. She has served on many city and state government committees, such as the Iowa Accountancy Examining Board; the Riverfront Improvement Commission; and the Cedar Rapids Home Rule Charter Commission. She has volunteered at numerous nonprofits, including the Children's Trust Fund and the American Cancer Society. In addition, she is an active member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, having served on committees and as a longtime Eucharistic Minister. Supportive of her husband's military service, Nancy co-chaired the 75th anniversary of the Cedar Rapids Veteran's Memorial Day Building event and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #788 Women's Auxiliary. Both have been volunteers for the Cedar Rapids Police Volunteer Corps (CRPVC) since 2010. Jim and Nancy are the proud godparents of Carl Davis and Lucy Schneekloth.