Obituary: Rod Bruner |

Obituary: Rod Bruner

On May 9th, Tahoe lost a long time local, Rod Bruner. The hue of Lake Tahoe’s “Big Blue” waters is truly a bit dimmer since his light burned out. Rod always brought fun, vivid story-telling (which was often freckled with a bit of intensity, but always colorful) to any Tahoe gathering or event!

Rod was a true friend to those he grew up with in the North Tahoe area, as well as those he met through his photography work, ski racing and many other outdoor passions. Rod was an amazing family man, he stayed in close touch with his parents and sisters and always looked out for his nieces and nephews, whom he cherished vehemently!

Rod was compassionate about many things, but animals were probably at the top of his list. Anyone that knew Rod had seen him fall in love with pets, or slow down a car for an elderly dog crossing, or even jump into a pond to save a duckling.

One of Rod’s biggest gifts was to make others laugh, even while he was suffering from Parkinson’s and it’s many side effects. Rod was diagnosed with Parkinson’s over 10 years ago, and he handled this tough diagnosis with humor. He would go out of his way to make others feel comfortable around him when things got hard, and often joked about his trembling.

Most impressive was Rod’s big heart, his search for the positive and his generosity. In these recent years Rod would work for hours to create beautiful, vibrant renditions of flowers he had photographed, then share with others, to simply brighten someone else’s day.

Rod was 55 years old and leaves behind many friends, wife Kay Graves, sisters Missy Bruner Mohler and Jennifer Bruner Frew, mother & step-father Merlene Hanline and Kenny Hanline, father & step-mother Larry Bruner and Peggy Bruner, nephews Basil and Finnegan Frew, Ben Adair, nieces Makaiah and Taysa Mohler and brother-in-law Chaco Mohler and Jeff Adair.

A celebration of Rod Bruner’s life will be on July 11th at Tahoe Park Beach at 2:00 pm. Please bring an appetizer and BYOB, if possible. Everyone is welcome.

In memory of Rod … practice random flower giving to brighten someone else’s day!

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