John W. Brunner

John W. Brunner, 41, of Platte City, Mo., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at Saint Luke’s North Hospital. 

John was born August 30, 1977, to Lawrence and Beverly Brunner.  He was a graduate of Bishop Miege High School in 1996.  He was initiated into the Pipe Fitters Union Local 533 in 1998, and served 20 years as a journeyman, foreman and skilled welder. 

On August 3rd, 2002, John married Dana Wamsher.  They had two children, Haley Marie in 2004 and Katherine Jean in 2008.  John enjoyed the outdoors, and spent most of his time working on his land.  There wasn’t a job he wouldn’t take on himself, and proudly complete with his own hands.  He instilled work ethic and can-do spirit in his family.  He was a man of faith, a man of conviction, a man who believed that responsibility and honesty are essential traits of every human being.  To live well, integrity is everything.  He was a mountain of a man. 

John is survived by his wife, Dana, daughters, Haley and Katherine; parents, Lawrence and Beverly; sisters, Melissa Grisham, Melinda (John) Marshall and Patricia Brunner; brother, Nathan Brunner; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Michael and Sandra Wamsher; brother-in-law, David (Mindy) Wamsher, and 14 nieces and nephews.  He will be greatly missed.


Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a Rosary, Sunday, Feb. 17 at Twelve Apostles Catholic Church; 17900 Humphreys Rd; Platte City, MO 64079.  The funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18 at Twelve Apostles Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, KS.  

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: 

Twelve Apostles Catholic Church
407 Cherry St.
Weston, MO 64098


American Heart Association
208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60604-1242

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34 Comments on “John W. Brunner”

  1. Patrick Carter Says:

    I have extremely fond memories of growing up with John and am privileged to have spent my formative years with him.
    With out last names being so close in the alphabetization order, we always found ourselves seated next to one another on the first day of school (including a rough kindergarten drop off for John!). John will be sorely missed by all that knew him. The Carter Family will be praying for John and all of his loved ones.
    -Patrick Carter

  2. Julie (Dunn) Fredrickson Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts are prayers are with you all.

  3. Greg Koehler Says:

    Thoughts and Prayers for Family…

  4. Lisa (Kellerman) Ramirez Says:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Sending many prayers up.

  5. Angie (KilMartin) VanHercke Says:

    Beverly, Patti and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a child is almost unbelievable and in losing a brother we face our own immortality. Please know that you are all in my and Gary’s thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless You,
    Angie (KilMartin) VanHercke

  6. Brenda and Steve Lino Says:

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

  7. Amy Flickner Says:

    Larry and Beverly,
    Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Praying for God’s blessings of strength and comfort.
    The Flickner(Matt,Amy,Justin,Abby,& AJ)

  8. Debbie Myers Says:

    Dana…I am SO sorry for your loss. The Myers family with keep you and your family in our prayers.

  9. Louise Ronnau Says:

    I am so sorry about your loss. Words cannot express my sorrow. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Louise (Roos) Ronnau

  10. Tom Enright Says:

    Had the pleasure of coaching John at Saint Joseph for four football seasons. His enthusiasm was always at a high level and he never failed to give his best effort. John had strong family support and tackled life with a winning attitude.

  11. Steve Spencer Says:

    Dana, girls & family, I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I’m a painter for Insco & saw John pretty much daily at Iatan. He ALWAYS had a smile & kind words & I also will miss him VERY much !!!!! I will be praying for comfort for you all & I can’t wait for the day when I get to see him in heaven once again !!!!!

  12. Taylor and Kim Giger Says:

    For us, John will be live and be forever remembered through his beautiful girls and the tireless work that Dana will do in his behalf. Our hearts go out to the Brunner Ladies and John’s family and friends. Prayers for peaceful healing.

    Kim and Tay

  13. Donald and Linda Gorr Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.

    Don and Linda

  14. Aggie and Alan Willoughby Says:

    Al and I are so sorry to hear of Johns passing. We will keep you all in our prayers. May God Bless.

  15. Allison Butts Says:

    Dana, we are are heartbroken for you and your family…I can’t find the right words to say… I pray for your strength and we will keep you and the girls in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and peace, the Butts family.

  16. Nancy Doyle Says:

    Beverly and Missy, So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

  17. Anne and Denis Bengfort Says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  18. Vic Perrin Says:

    Dana, I am so very sorry for you, your girls and your entire extended family. God’s plan for us doesn’t always make sense at the time and I hope you find peace in knowing John is eternally with Him. You are in my prayers now and always. Much love, Vic

  19. Michael Bohaty Says:

    Dana and families,
    Of course, very sorry about John’s passing. Time seems to have a profound way of healing ones grief. It seems at times like these, we learn to endure, which leads to hope so we can again embrace great faith.
    I have wonderful memories of the class of “96” and all the students and activities that were all part of high school. Dana, thanks to you and John for allowing me to be part of your life during those years.. You, the girls and your families are in my prayers..Mr.. Bohaty

  20. Danny Martinez Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I remember playing golf and jumping on the trampoline with the Ernies.

  21. Terri Van Dyke Says:

    Dana and families,
    i have fond memories of teaching Dana, John and Brunner siblings at St. Joe. Great Families. I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you at this difficult time.
    Terri Vogt Van Dyke

  22. Paul & Rita Klaje Says:

    .Dear Melinda and family, Our deepest sympathies are with all of you and your family. This truly shakes all of Our Lives into a Reality check. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Paul& Rita Klaje & Family

  23. Richard Orth Says:

    To John’s family: I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I got the privilege to work with John on and off over the last several years and right away I was always assured of under John’s guidance the work would be completed with honesty and integrity. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers to you all.

  24. Jim and Nan Crump Says:

    Larry, Beverly, Dana and families, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry to hear about John’s passing. It was a long time ago, but we can still remember the kids chasing back and forth over the hill in Shawnee to play at each other’s house. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead with the fond memories you share of John.
    Jim and Nan Crump and family

  25. Ralph & Barb Richardson Says:

    Dana, and all of the families, so sorry. Are keeping you all in our prayers.

  26. John & Irene Sheerin Family Says:

    Larry, Beverly & Family,
    We are so sad for your loss. Know that you are in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. God bless all of you.

  27. Jenny Owens Governal Says:

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing! I have many fond memories of John from St. Joseph. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. Barb (Roos) Zanatta Says:

    Dana and families, you are in the heart of your St. Joe family. Our students are praying for you. I smile every time I think of the Brunners, especially John.

  29. Robert and Johnna Roos Says:

    Dana, Brunner and ohmes Families. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all today.

  30. Jeanne McGrath Says:

    Larry, Bev, Dana and family,
    I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. So hard to lose a vibrant young husband, son, brother. I pray for strength for all of you.
    Jeanne McGrath

  31. Tim Mulvany Says:

    So sorry to hear about John’ passing. Prayers for the entire family.

  32. Emily Diederich Says:

    Hugs, thoughts and prayers to you and your sweet family, Dana.

  33. Jeff Hirt Says:

    I was saddened to hear about John’s passing as I have fond memories of time with him during our St. Joe years. I hope over time those close to him can find peace, as I am joining you on the same journey after just losing my dad.

  34. The Kindred Family Says:

    It is still very sad to think of John’s death. With each new day may God (Ps.34:18) continue to give the comfort and help needed to cope. He touched the lives of many others and will always be fondly remembered.

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