|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1921|
|Death: ||May, 2011|
San Diego County
George Earl Bruns, Jr., an Oceanside resident and World War II veteran, passed away on May 9th, at the age of 90. Always an excellent golfer, George celebrated his birthday on the golf course in January. Afterwards he told family and friends, "I'm a fortunate person. I'm 90 years old and I played golf today with my three children. I've never seen that before." George was born on January 12, 1921, in Argentine, Kansas, and grew up in Los Angeles. He married Charlotte Laird in 1942 and was drafted into the Army in 1944. Fighting in the battle of Okinawa, he was wounded and later received a purple heart. Upon his return from the war, George and Charlotte moved with their two children (Bill and Laurie) to Encinitas, where he and his father acquired Indian Rock Springs Water, a bottled-water business. Living with his family in a converted packing shed next to his cousin's house, George built a two-bedroom house in Encinitas, working on weekends for a year and finishing just before daughter Pam was born in 1947. After selling the water business in 1953, George worked as a truck farmer in Cardiff before joining with a friend to build single-family homes until the early 1960s, when he became a carpenter at UC San Diego. Always a hard worker, George also tried to make time for a weekend round of golf. In 1954, he and Charlotte founded a one-day "tournament" for friends and relatives that has become a treasured family tradition every July. Following his divorce in 1966, George married Gisela Uher, and they moved in 1973 to Austria, where they built and operated a five-bedroom guest house. George also worked as a carpenter for 10 years. After Gisela died, George remained in Austria until 1997, playing on the Austrian national senior golf team, which competed all over Europe. When he returned to San Diego, he met Barbara Clint (on the golf course, naturally) and they enjoyed his final years together as soulmates. George had a loving family and many friends, who all appreciated his sense of humor, his fun-loving spirit, his honesty and his enduring optimism. In addition to Barbara, he is survived by his three children, Bill (wife Pam) of Pacific Palisades, Laurie Froula (husband Nils) of Santa Barbara and Pam Schott (husband Roy) of San Marcos; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his sister, Gerry Barrick, of Stanton, California. A celebration of George's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 29, at Laguna Vista (276 N. El Camino Real) in Oceanside. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Moors Fund, c/o Pam Schott, 27718 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069. Denise Moors is a mother of seven with stage 4 cancer. George was an enthusiastic supporter of his granddaughters' softball teams and Denise was on the team he accompanied to New Zealand in 1987.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on May 23, 2011
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Record added: May 25, 2011
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