John C. â€œJackâ€ Bruckmann III, 83, of Cincinnati, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at Twin Lakes of Montgomery.
He was born Jan. 20, 1925, in Cincinnati to Col. William Bruckmann and Alice Purcell Bruckmann. He was the great-grandson of John C. Bruckmann of the Bruckmann Brewery, founded in 1856. He attended Hughes High School and Culver Military Academy as a youth, and interestingly enough attended grade school, high school and college all on Clifton Avenue. He was a 1949 business administration graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Having excelled as a senior professional sales representative, he retired from Sandoz (Novartis) Pharmaceuticals after a 35-year career. He was a resident of Medina for 44 years. He was an active member of St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church (former vestry member and senior warden). He served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Friends of Medina Library and the Medina County Post Office. Other community service included his annual chairing of the American Cancer Societyâ€™s â€œDaffodil Days.â€ Additional affiliations included the Scottish Rite and Hoffner Masonic Lodge 253. Mr. Bruckmann was a veteran of the Air Force serving during World War II in the South Pacific and New Guinea theaters. He enjoyed yearly Canadian vacations, his daily walks and sports. Above all, he will be remembered for his love of family, and living his life to the fullest. Mr. Bruckmann will be missed by all who knew him for his sense of humor, modesty, wit, compassion and his tireless work ethic.
Ex ardua ad astra.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Verna K. Bruckmann; children, William Bruckmann, Lynn M. Bruckmann, Martha A. Fujimoto and John C. Bruckmann IV; nine grandchildren; and brother, James.
He was preceded in death by his brother, William.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati.
Private family interment: Spring Grove Memorial Mausoleum.
Visiting hours: 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
A reception following the service will be held at Twin Lakes of Montgomery, 9840 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church of Medina, the American Cancer Society, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church or the Medina County District Library.
Chas. A. Miller Sons Inc. Funeral Home, Cincinnati, is handling the arrangements.