Robert James Brunick, ASE Master Mechanic, age 76 of Simi Valley, California, peacefully entered his eternal rest on June 23, 2022 with the assurance that Jesus will welcome him at the resurrection. He is survived by his family- Ann, children Linda (Marty) and Thomas (Kerrie), sisters Janet and Barb (Roger), three granddaughters, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, James Bernard Brunick, and Carrol Elmira Anderson; brother, Edward George Brunick; ( Claudia ) and sisters, Dee Hoeke (Todd) and Patty Ann Brunick. Bob and his twin sister, Barb were born in Brookings, South Dakota in April 1946. He lived much of his early years in Vienna, SD, graduating high school from Hazel School. He relocated to southern California in 1964 and attended college at Cal Poly Pomona. He married Ann in 1966 and enlisted in the Army in 1968. He was stationed in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania and served in the Vet Corp as a food inspector. He rose to the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1971. Both of his children were born during his Army service. In 1971 the family relocated to SD where the family became dairy farmers. In 1981 they relocation to southern California and Bob trained to become an Automotive Service Excellence Master Mechanic. He repaired vehicles for 30 years and enjoyed his work immensely. The more challenging a vehicle was to fix the more he enjoyed it. Coworkers at the shop said "if you can't figure out what is wrong - just give it to Bob. He will figure it out.” He enjoyed learning and delighted in “winning” against any mechanical system that presented him with a challenge. Most of the time he focused those abilities on cars, but the occasional washing machine and one memorable piece of accounting software also surrendered to his knowledge, persistence, and curiosity. When he wasn’t fixing things, Bob loved to read. Western novels, especially those by Louis L’Amour were some of his favorites, and anything related to the SR-71 Blackbird was guaranteed to draw his attention. Bob was well known for his faith, honesty, professionalism, and perseverance. He also enjoyed skydiving and visited the geographic North Pole. His family will remember him as a loving, intelligent, and kind man above all else.
All are invited to visit and add comments on his memory book. The family would love to hear your memories of Bob. There will be no public services per Bob’s wishes. He desired that you celebrate his life in a manner that is meaningful for you.