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Rolf Walter Bruhn

January 31, 2019 | 12 comments

Rolf Walter Bruhn, 77 of Holmen, formerly of Sheboygan and Waukesha, Wisconsin, and New Port Richey, Florida, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at his home.  He was born June 26, 1941 in Rendsburg, Germany to Walter H. and Anna {Griwodz} Bruhn. On September 13, 1975, he married Mary Lou Blum.

Rolf is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou Bruhn of Holmen; his children, Scott W. Bruhn of Orange City, Florida, Kristina L. Murphy of Holmen, and Rolf C. Bruhn of Minneapolis; step-children, Jim (Wanda) Hicks of Texas and John Hicks of California; grandchildren, Alex, Zak, Mallory, Sarah, Noah, and Micah; great-grandchildren, Michael, Madison, Carson, Keven, and Lizzie; siblings, Heinz (Maddy) Bruhn of Racine; nephew, David (Sheri) Bruhn of California and niece, Tammy (Carl) Laux of Wisconsin; as well as many other loving friends and relatives all over the world.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Robert Murphy and his Aunt Marie “Tante Mechan”.

Rolf completed his Journeyman Craftsman Apprenticeship with MATC as a lithographer and then stayed in that field of work until his retirement.  Most notably at Eldorado Graphics in New Berlin, S & M Rotogravure in New Berlin, and Mueller Color Plate in Milwaukee. He was a member of the Lithographers and Photoengravers International union.  Rolf proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an Aviation Ordinaceman third class 1958-1962 stationed on Naval Carrier Coral Sea.

Rolf was a hardworking man all his life and a good provider for his family. The highlight of his career was always the four years he spent in the Navy.  He was very fit and stayed active most of his life by running, biking, cross country skiing, and various other activities.  Even riding his stationary bike on the day he died. He also enjoyed driving in his Miata sports car and painting pictures of his beloved Florida.

Because Rolf lived in various places throughout his life, his family and friends are spread all over the world.  Therefore, there won’t be an official service. In lieu of flowers or gifts his family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.  He will be buried with his parents in Racine, Wisconsin in the summer.  Coulee Region Cremation Group, Onalaska, has been entrusted with arrangements.



  1. Trisha Steffen

    Mr. Bruhn I will always remember your kind heart and how you and Mrs Bruhn always made me feel very welcomed into your home when Krissie and I would have play dates as children. Thank you. From one ordnanceman to another I shall leave you with our motto…IYAOYAS! Thanks for your service!

  2. Sharon Schultz

    My thoughts and prayers for your Family Krissy.

    • Mary Lou Bruhn

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. We really appreciate them.

  3. Joe&Carol Campbell

    We can’t express how sad and shocking Rolf passing is all the good times we had when the two of you lived in Florida we are so sorry Mary Lou Love💝
    Joe & Carol Campbell

  4. Dave Reimer

    Dear Mary Lou and family,
    Dave and I were so sorry to hear of Rolf’s passing.
    Our hearts go out to you all. Our prayers and thoughts are with you too. May God grant you peace and comfort
    With all your wonderful memories you all shared.
    Love Dave, Denise and the Reimer family

  5. Ellen Phillips

    I have many precious memories of Rolf and MaryLou at Rob and Krissie’s when they visited Germany.

  6. Christina Clark

    My deepest condolences. Mary Lou, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Rebecca Gillogly

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  8. Elizabeth Keoppel

    Condolences sent your way Aunt Mary Lou. Uncle Rolf will be remembered fondly.

  9. Patti Mocco

    Mary Lou, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I never met Rolf I felt I knew him through you wonderful stories about him. You are a dear friend and if there is anything you need please don’t hesitate to let me know. Praying for you and your family. Patti Mocco

  10. Kathy Boldt

    Mary Lou
    Wishing you peace.
    Hope to see you soon at the YMCA. If there is anything I can do to help you let me know. Patty says to wish you well too and many more from the Y.

  11. Mary Lou Bruhn

    My family & I would like to thank all of you so much, Rolf & I were together 43 years and we did have lot of good times in our life together and tons of good memories.

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