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John A. Brussman

 
January 13, 2023

John A. Brussman passed away peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada, on October 30, 2022, with loving friends by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, his aunt and uncle who raised him, his sister and his two beautiful wives, Jaclyn nee Drui and Martha nee Anton. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, loving neighbors and friends who will dearly miss him.

John attended Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), graduating with a BS in Biological Science and minor in Earth Science. He joined Sig Tau and his fraternity brothers and their wives made up a fun-loving and adventurous group who held annual reunions and traveled to Marco Island, Florida every winter. John loved his fraternity family and told countless stories about them that will live on in our memories. He also completed graduate work at Purdue University’s Microbiological Institute.

After humble beginnings, he had a long and storied 32-year career at Anheuser-Busch beginning work there in 1957 as a Laboratory Tech in Brewery Research. Blessed with great bosses, he was promoted to Supervisor, Plant Manager, and Vice President of Operations for Malt, Barley, Hops and Rice until August Busch III appointed him as VP and General Manager of Anheuser-Busch's Agricultural Subsidiary Company, Busch Agricultural Resources, Inc. He held that position until his early retirement in 1989. He was forever grateful to those who mentored him during his career there.

While his work took him to Europe, Japan and China, his passion for 45 years was rendezvousing as an 1840s Mountain Man in every major mountain range west of the Mississippi. During those camping trips, he sharpened his knife and tomahawk throwing skills along with shooting his 58 caliber rifle.

After retirement, he and Martha moved to North Idaho to enjoy the beautiful country on the Canadian border to ski, hunt and fish. They later moved to Sandpoint and during their time in Idaho met many people who became lifelong friends. After getting their fill of snow, the two of them moved to Reno, where they could enjoy many days of sunshine. In Reno, John and Martha were blessed with another set of great friends and neighbors. The family gratefully acknowledges the love, support, friendship and assistance they gave him over the years.

Many of you know that John never met a stranger and always had a story to tell. You are probably thinking of one (or more!) of those stories right now. He would want you to laugh and raise a glass in his memory. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him.

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