Doug Bruner

Douglas Bruner was called home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 68 in Chinook on May 13.

Doug was born on March 4, 1946 to Duane and Lizzie Bruner in Conrad.  He spent his childhood with eight siblings on the family ranch in Dupuyer.  

Doug met his lifetime love, Trudy (Sanson) Bruner at the age of 14 and married her on Jan. 24, 1964.  The family grew with the birth of three daughters: Stacy, Tara and Dawn.  His brand new family brought about the need to leave the ranch and find his second passion, the oilfield.  Doug spent his life moving from rig to rig, from roughneck to company man until 1988 when he built Faith Drilling Incorporated.  He created many relationships and lifelong friends along the way.  His rig crews were his family.  

The only thing that was more important than Trudy and the rig, was his Lord and Savior.  The relationship with the Lord was his unwavering compass.  He hugged every person with a ‘dad-felt’ embrace and showed the love of Christ to whoever would listen. 

Doug loved to fish and spent his last days with his grandkids at the local pond.  He was thankful for the family gatherings and made sure his family understood how blessed he felt.  His favorite saying was “We’re a blessed people.”  

Doug is survived by his wife Trudy; daughters Stacy (Paul) Semenze, Tara (TJ) Overcast, Dawn (John) Colby; brothers, Gerald (Marla) Bruner, Rodney (Debbie) Bruner; sisters, Sharlin (Jack) Arnst, Dorothy (Earl) Perkins, Myrna (Vern) Monroe, Patricia (Joe) Lewis and Alethea (Lyle) Woelich; mother-in-law Jennie Hostetter; sister-in-law Sharon Briden; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Linda Curtis, a nephew, a sister-in-law, great nephew and niece and his grandparents.  


Services were held at the Chinook School Auditorium on May 17.