Richard Nicholas Bruckse

Richard Nicholas Bruckse

Windsor , VA
09.17.1929 - 08.01.2019
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Richard Nicholas Bruckse, 89, died August 1, 2019. He was son of the late Lillian Virginia Thayer and Nicholas Gray Bruckse. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas Bruckse; sisters Betty Thompson, Katrina Helwig, and Marjorie Bruckse; and grandson Steven Weight.

Richard was a Class of ’49 graduate of Churchland High School. After graduation, he became a professional photographer. He retired from the Virginia Army National Guard with 38 years of service. After his retirement he became a member of the Virginia State Guard. He volunteered for the Suffolk Peanut Festival for 20 years and then volunteered at Obici Hospital where he was affectionately known as “the candy man” for over 20 years. He continued his love for photography throughout his life by constantly taking pictures of everything that he loved. His greatest joy aside from his love, Phyllis, were his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his wife of 63 years Phyllis Carson Bruckse; daughters Victoria Lee Weight (Jason) of Salt Lake City Utah and Becke “Buck” West (Johnny) of Suffolk; grandchildren Corey Weight, Joshua West (Kriston), and Brittany Howell (Nick); great grandchildren Grady West, Blakely West, and Harley Howell; sister Donna Barham of Glen Allen VA; and several Nieces and Nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 1:45 PM in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington Street, Suffolk. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  The family will gather at the home of Becke and Johnny West, 333 Susex Court, Suffolk after the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences may be registered at


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R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


I served seven years in A Battery with Dick and always found him to be a gentleman who took his job seriously and still knew how to have a good time with the guys. I have the utmost respect for Dick and always looked him up when we attended Peanut Fest. Dick was just a fine guy this world needs more like. Rest well my friend.

Ray Felton

So very sorry to hear about Richards passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Love to you all.

Robert and Lucinda Dino

I am so sorry to read about the loss of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Skipper Duck

Skipper Duck

Sending my sincere condolences to all Mr. Bruckse’s loved ones. I often saw him at Obici, and he always brightened my day. He was a joy to know. I’m so sorry.

Kay Hurley

Mom and I want to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. My parents thought the world of "Bruckse" as did I. He was such a good man and a wonderful friend.
Love to you and your family.
Nancy and Betty Kay

Betty W Manzi and Nancy Williams

Dear Bruckse's Family,
On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Bruckse. What a great guy he was! I have known Bruckse for many years! He always had a smile for you and always made you feel good. He will me greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. If we can be of assistance to you in any way please let us know.
Ronald H. Williams , City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

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