Robert J. Bruggeman

  • Born: March 19, 1927
  • Died: September 26, 2015
  • Location: Riverside, Ohio

Routsong Funeral Home - Kettering Chapel

2100 E Stroop Rd
Kettering, OH 45429
Tel. (937) 293-4137

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert "Bob" J. Bruggeman, beloved husband of 64 years to Jamie (nee Hawkes) Bruggeman passed away on September 26, 2015 at the age of 88. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and Modesta Bruggeman and his beloved grandson, Jonathon Gregory Bruggeman. He is survived by his wife, Jamie, dear brothers Jack Bruggeman and Paul Bruggeman, treasured family friend Mikell Kloeters, and extended family and friends. He was a devoted father to Cathy (Greg) DeMarco, Greg (Felicia McNutt) Bruggeman, Steve (Elizabeth) Bruggeman, Roberta (Scott) Liddic, Jennifer (Chris) Stricker, and Mary (Harold) Mayton, cherished grandfather of Jessica (Will) Rosenbeck, Stephanie and Matt Bruggeman, Holly and Hunter Mayton, Morgan and Jake Liddic, Emma and Jack Bruggeman and Drew and Joe Stricker, and loving great-grandfather of Layla Rosenbeck. Bob served honorably in the US Army from 1946-1947 at the end of WW II as an Office Clerk at General Headquarters of the Far East Command in Tokyo, Japan and remained in the Reserves until 1952. His education included a BS in Education from the University of Dayton, in 1951and a MA in French from the University of Paris in 1958 as a Fulbright Scholar. Bob also received the French Government Scholarship for Graduate Studies at Western Reserve University, and he studied French at the Pau Institute in Pau, France in 1964. As the first French teacher at Beavercreek Schools, Bob taught there from 1951-1958. He also taught at Fairview High School from1958-1983, and Colonel White High School from1983-1986. After retirement, he went to work for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office from 1986-1993 as Auctioneer of Sheriff's Sales of Real Property (usually foreclosures). Bob's time with family was the most treasured. He also played tennis, worked crossword puzzles and enjoyed anything dealing with word study, history, speaking French, home maintenance and repairs, movies, stage productions, concerts, and tourism. Interestingly, he taught Edwin C. Moses (Olympic Track Star) and sponsored a group of students, including Edwin, who toured France one summer. While in Japan, he occasionally saw General Douglas MacArthur and Emperor Hironito. He also saw Admiral Tojo in the war crimes trial. In 1980, he served as French Interpreter for a N.A.T.O. Conference held in Dayton, Ohio. His travels included these countries: Japan, China, Philippines, Guam (Military), Canada, France, Spain, England, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 5 pm – 7 pm followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 7 pm, at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 East Stroop Road, Kettering, OH 45429. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Hospice of Dayton. In lieu of flowers, friends may make Memorial Contributions to: Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I loved his class @6pm U D
He always told great stories to make the French class interesting

Posted by Joe Brewster - Orlando, FL   March 30, 2016

I will miss you As a neighbor ! You were a good guy and I enjoyed talking to you and thanks for
Keeping our neighborhood safe ! You will be truly missed

Posted by John and Natalie Collins - Dayton, OH - Friend   September 30, 2015

My dear friend Jamie, I'm so sorry for the lose of your beloved Robert. You have been married a lifetime. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I send my love to you and your family.

Posted by Evelyn Sizemore Coalt - Dayton, OH - Friend Huffman & Wilbur Wright   September 29, 2015

My Bruggeman was my French teacher. He was my sister's French teacher too. I hated French, but loved Mr. Bruggeman. Sometime, people tell you something that you never forget in life. I remember being in his French class with my adopted sister Susan Bradshaw and Mr. Bruggeman told us this prophetic and quite accurate comment:

"The qualities and things that you hate most and are most prejudiced about in others, are truly the things you cannot stand about yourself."

I never forgot this message and even wrote it down at the time in my high school notebook...which I still have tucked away. I found that what Mr. Bruggeman said was really true...and has been proven throughout my life.

French class was fun because he made you become interested in France. We watched movies that to this day were some of the best times in high school looking back...learning about history and France. I hated French, but I loved Mr. Bruggeman and his French class.

I was lucky to run into Mr. Bruggeman in the late 1990's at Sinclair when we both were in a tennis class together. I got to play tennis with him a few times and it was great to see him again. He always made you feel special...for he was so very special a person who touched so many.

God be with him till we meet again.

Posted by john patton - Dayton, OH - Student   September 29, 2015

I was fortunate to have Mr. Bruggeman for two years as my Latin teacher and four years as my French teacher. His love of language was evident to his students as he was so eager to share his knowledge, whether in the official curriculum or not. So, we read Winnie the Pooh (Winnie Ille Pu) in Latin, studied Greek root words, read Paris Match, and enjoyed Boeuf Bourguignon (prepared by Mme. Bruggeman), complete with a sip of real French wine, in a French class picnic.

So much of what he taught us resonates with me to this day and I thank him for his wisdom and knowledge and patient teaching.

Requiescat in pace.

Posted by Susan (Fisher) Langley - Tipp City, OH - former student   September 29, 2015

live on in the hearts of everyone who loved him. We are sorry for your loss.
Life is so tender, so fragile, and so very precious. God is our refuge and
strength… Psalm 46. God himself is the source of ultimate refuge for those who
are troubled.Our Thoughts of deep and sincere sympathy are with you at this
time.Ed and Marcella White

Posted by Ed White    September 29, 2015

My sincere condolences to the Bruggeman family. May you rest in peace sir. It was an honor to have met you.

Posted by Terri Miike - McGuire AFB, NJ - friend of son, Greg   September 28, 2015

I knew your triplet sisters in elementsry school. I am so sorry for your loss my heart is with you all. God bless you in His comfort...

Posted by Marcella (Smith) Flores - Dallas, TX - School mate of Jennifer, Roberta   September 27, 2015


Blessings to all the family. I pray for your great loss. jack tracey...

Posted by jack tracey - dayton, OH - friend   September 27, 2015

Mr. Bruggeman was a kind, happy, loving man. He was always meeting me with a smile and a big hug.
His kind heart was welcoming to all he was around. He loved life and he loved his family and friends. I am thankful for all the years he shared his life with us.
Thoughts and prayers go out to his family as he will be greatly missed.
The heaven's welcomed another angel upon his arrival.
Love, Pamela and John Daniels

Posted by Pamela Daniels - Carlton, TX - Family friend   September 27, 2015

Cathy & Greg, & Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know your pain all too well myself, cause we lost my Dad 6 yrs ago on this coming Nov 15th. Yes it is a very rough thing to go through, but knowing in our hearts our Dads are still watching over us from above helps me get through the rough times.

And just enjoying all the memories brings a smile, & sometimes a laugh too.

Love to all,
Retta Ott

Posted by Retta Ott - A friend to Cathy & Greg DeMarc   September 27, 2015