Russell L. Bruns, Sr.

Russell L. Bruns, Sr.

Norfolk, VA
12.26.1931 - 08.28.2018
Served in the

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Russell Luis Bruns, Sr., 86, on August 28, 2018, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was the son of the late Henry and Mabel Bruns and was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Romaine Bruns.

He retired after 30 years of service with the Norfolk Police Department. After his retirement with the police department, he worked as a magistrate for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 11 years. Russell was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Commodore Lodge 3, Freemason, Berkley Lodge, and Scottish Rite. He was also a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lela Bruns; children, Russell L. Bruns, Jr. (Paula), Leslie Benson (Jeff) of Suffolk; 5 granddaughters, Danielle Harrison (Dwain), Megan Batten (Craig), Katelyn Benson, Kaitlyn Bruns, Lindsey Bruns; 1 great grandson, Greyson Russell Harrison; and soon to be a great granddaughter; beloved dog, Minnie; sister, Lizette Borrison; and his brother, Frank Bruns.

Love is eternal, a celebration of life will be on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm at the home of Jeff and Leslie Benson. Casual attire is requested. The family is being served by R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at Condolences may be registered at



I am truly sorry for your loss. I knew Russell as a very nice guy and for a number of years see him at the Police Picnic. I attempted to locate him several times as I keep a record of all retirees addresses and phone numbers with negative results. The retirement office will not give out ones address. Russell was liked by everyone. Although we never worked together he was well respected by all that knew him. Just recently Chief Henson ask me about him and wondered how he was. However I didn't know. God Bless

Donald Scott

My Condolences and prayers for the Bruns family, rest peacefully retired NPD Officer Russell L. Bruns, Sr. Retired NPD William Ross

William Ross

Lela and Family, my sincere condolences on your loss. Mr. Bruns was a one of a kind man and I feel honored to have known him. I wish you all peace and comfort.

Donna Bunton

Bruns Family, I am sorry for your loss in the passing of Russell. He was always willing to help and assist those in need.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Ray Pettway
NPD Ret.

Ray Pettway

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