Sidney Brunick


Sidney Brunick, 94, of Vermillion, formerly of Wakonda, passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center.

Sidney was born Feb. 5, 1917 in Vermillion to Alfred and Inga (Paulsen) Brunick. He attended rural Clay Country Schools, and graduated from Meckling High School in 1934.

Sid married Helen Welby on May 8, 1943 in Santa Anna, CA.

Sid joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 serving during WWII as a Chin Gunner and a Toggelier on a B-17 Bomber crew flying 35 missions over Germany, occupied France and Poland. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Sid started farming in the Wakonda area after the service, and worked as a rural Postal Carrier starting in 1962 retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Wakonda American Legion and the Vermillion VFW, the St. Patricks Knights of Columbus, St. Agnes Catholic Church and a past member of the Rural Letter Carriers Association.

Sid is survived by two sons, Mark (Norma) Brunick of Beresford, William (Charla) Brunick of Vermillion; two daughters, Jeanne (David) Christensen of Grand Island, NE, and Mary Anne (Kerry) Cameron of Sisseton. He is also survived by two sisters, Ardis Hammerquist of Bend, OR and Natalie (Bob) Johnson of Vermillion, 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen; and three brothers, Charles, Arnold and Ervin.

Funeral mass was 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church with burial following in Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

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