Obit: Bruegl, Gordon Joseph (1922 - 2011)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt


Surnames: Bradley, Bruegl, Cullen, Kuenne, Layton, Lorbeski, Oostermeyer, Papes, Powell

----Source: The Star News (Medford, Taylor Co., Wisconsin) Thursday, October 20, 2011, online edition

Bruegl, Gordon Joseph (February 18, 1922 - October 15, 2011)

Gordon Joseph Bruegl, age 89, Anderson, S.C., died on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born on February 18, 1922 in Medford, he was the son of the late Louis Bruegl and Alice (Cullen) Bruegl.

He was a 1942 graduate of Medford High School and was inducted into the United States Army in December of 1942. Following his honorable discharge in Frankfurt, West Germany, he accepted federal employment there and in 1948 joined the U.S. Foreign Service.

While residing in Frankfurt, he met his beloved late wife, Olga (Oostermeyer) Bruegl, a Belgian national who worked for the U.S. Army. Together they served at the following U.S. embassies: Bonn, West Germany, Budapest, London, Tehran, Saigon, Geneva and Bangkok. Mr. Bruegl commented many times, "it has been a wonderful, exciting, challenging, rewarding and sometimes a dangerous life, in the Foreign Service. My twenty plus years of retirement in Anderson was a just reward." Mr. Bruegl was a member of the First Baptist Church of Anderson.

Mr. Bruegl is survived by his sister, Florence Layton of W. LaFayette, Ind., and a host of beloved and cherished friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by brothers, Laurence Bruegl, Vern Bruegl and Robert Bruegl; and sisters, Delores Kuenne, Evelyn Powell, Norma Lorbeski, Joyce Bradley and Doris Papes.

The funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 17 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home, conducted by Dr. James R. Thomason. Burial with military honors followed in M.J. 'Dolly' Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, S.C. 29621. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting

The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Anderson assisted the family with arrangements.



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