John R. Bruick

February 11, 1954 - September 28, 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Saturday, October 14, 1:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


John Robert Bruick, 63, of Clear Lake and formerly of Kendallville, died Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne from complications following surgery.

He was born February 11, 1954 in Fort Wayne to Robert M. and Phyllis G. (Meese) Bruick.

While growing up in New Haven, John attended St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. He spent his childhood summers at Clear Lake, where he also attended Clear Lake Lutheran Church. John graduated from New Haven High School in 1972. Following high school, he worked for Zollner Corporation until 1977.

On December 17, 1976, John married Cheryle Heller in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne. In 1977, he began working for his father-in-law, Don Heller, as a well driller for Heller Well Drilling. In 1984, John purchased the business, becoming owner and president. In late 2015, he retired after being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

As a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church, Fremont, John served as the head usher for Saturday evening services and was a member of the adult choir.

Survivors include his former spouse and their children Jessica, Joel, and Julia, as well as his beloved dog, Kip, all of Kendallville. He is also survived by his parents of Fort Wayne, his sister Cheryl (Michael) Sorge of Fort Wayne, his brother David (Rhonda) Bruick of Louisville, Kentucky, and former sister-in-law Lisa McCue of Clermont, Florida. Also surviving are nieces Tiffany Sorge-Smith, Lindsay Bruick, Carly Sorge, Lindsay McCue, Allyson McCue and nephews Ryan Bruick, Nicholas Bruick, Martin Sorge, four great-nieces and three great-nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Don and JoAnn Heller.

Visitation and funeral services will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Young Family Funeral Home in Kendallville. Visitation will be from 10am to 1pm, with the funeral service immediately following at 1pm, officiated by Reverand Jeffrey Teeple of Peace Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in John’s memory to the Humane Society of Noble County, PO Box 471, Kendallville, IN 46755.

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Guest Book

Rachel Ewell
October 17th, 2017 3:19pm
Minneapolis, MN

So sorry for the loss of John. Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the family.

October 17th, 2017 3:19pm

Thoughts and Prayers are with your family during this time of loss.

Terry and Linda Atz
October 14th, 2017 5:21pm

We were so sorry to hear the news about John. Our prayers are with you all!

bob Ewell
October 12th, 2017 12:31am
Lincoln, NE

Sorry we cannot be with you for the service; we keep you all in our thoughts and prayers;

Kathy and Bill Shuman
October 11th, 2017 7:23pm
Clear Lake

Bob and Phyllis, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We had no idea. John was always quick to help us out with any well issues we had at camp and later at our home in Angola. We were always quick to refer him. We will continue to keep you and his family in our prayers Hugs, Kathy and Bill Shuman

Howard "Butch" & Judy Laflin
October 11th, 2017 3:09pm
Howe, Indiana

Robert & Phyllis, You have our love and prayers for our Lords' comfort and peace to you. We hope you will be uplifted by the caring of family and friends until we all meet with John again in Jesus. Howard "Butch" & Judy Laflin

Allie Ledet
October 11th, 2017 1:47pm
Fremont Public Library

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He will be remembered for all of his visits to the library and the discussions we've had regarding his love of music. What an all around nice guy. My thoughts are with his family during this time.

Jeff Goeglein
October 8th, 2017 1:32pm


Lisa mccue
October 6th, 2017 3:16pm
Clermont fl

Will remember all of our good times in Florida and at the Clear lake. May you finally rest and be at peace . Lisa,Lindsay,Allyson,Millie and Alice

Mauri Buckner
October 6th, 2017 3:02pm
Big Long Lake

Rest in Peace

Jerry and Cindy (Rowe) Raney
October 6th, 2017 2:57pm

Keeping you all in our hearts and praying for strength and comfort during this time of sorrow.

Joni bruce
October 5th, 2017 10:41pm
Largo Florida

Cheryle & family, We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.

Neta Heller
October 5th, 2017 6:04pm
Inverness, Fl

Thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Always remember your laugh.

Bob Ewell
October 5th, 2017 2:35pm
Lincoln, NE

keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. from your Nebraska family.

Pam Till
October 5th, 2017 2:21pm
Fort Wayne

Thoughts and prayers for family and friends, rip

Delia Jetmore
October 5th, 2017 2:18pm

I am so sorry for your loss and have kept you in my prayers. Delia

Tracy&Lori Cooper
October 4th, 2017 9:11pm
Albion, IN.

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold John's family close and give peace during this time.

Jim and Sandy Gast
October 4th, 2017 4:30pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of John's family. We will miss him and his smile at Peace. No one like him.

Scott Bruick
October 4th, 2017 4:07am
Seward, NE

God’s peace be with all of you! Though I am part of the “younger” Bruick cousins, I remember John always being patient with us little ones and playing with us at Grandma Bruick’s house. May the assurance of Jesus’ resurrection fill you with hope!

Karen Ball Stephens
October 3rd, 2017 11:30pm

You are in my prayers.

Martin Jackson
October 3rd, 2017 11:24pm

So sorry to hear of Johns. passing .always enjoyed talking to him.till meet again

Ray Huff
October 3rd, 2017 8:27pm

Rest in peace I'll always remember your kindness towards our son