Allan Duane Bruner was born to Olive (Johnson) and Donald Bruner in Port Alberni BC on October 2, 1941. The family moved to San Diego, California in 1943. Then later moved back to Canada in 1947 when his father became quite ill, passing away in November of that year. Then for a while he lived with Grandma and Grampa Johnson on the little farm south of Tisdale.
Duane was a very happy kid, always with a baseball bat or a hockey stick in his hand. He went to one room country schools at Willow Hill and Berlin with his brothers either walking, or with a horse and sleigh in the winter. He was good at sports especially baseball, he could round the bases faster than his brothers.
His mom married John Biliske and he learned to do all the things farm kids do.
He worked at many jobs, landscaping, meat cutting, as a security guard and in construction. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also liked dogs and little kids and they liked him as well. He really enjoyed visiting with his friends. We will always remember his hearty laugh, his generosity, his friendliness and his kindness to others.
Duane was predeceased by his parents, Donald Bruner, Olive Biliske, his step father John Biliske, his nephews Hal and Mitchell Bruner.
He will be remembered with love by his brothers Gary (Gail) and Dale, his sister Barb Biliske, his nephew Steven and nieces Kim and Kirsten.
We thank those family and friends who were part of Duane’s life and who showed care and compassion during his illness and time in Pineview Lodge. The family is very grateful to the people who cared for him there and were his friends, the health care aides, nurses, physicians, housekeepers, cooks and recreation workers. A sincere thank you to all.