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Bruins, Cecil Earl – Obituary

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La Grande, Oregon

Cecil Earl Bruins, 75, of La Grande died July 11 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18 at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Bruins was born July 30, 1930, to John and Wilma Backer Bruins in Crandon, S.D. The family moved to Oregon in 1946. He worked for the Umatilla Army Depot, the Union Pacific Railroad in Portland, Alpenrose Dairy and at a Metalbestos plant before moving to Nampa, Idaho, where he worked for Fleetwood Trailers until his retirement. In 2006 he moved to La Grande to be closer to family.

He enjoyed dancing and animals, especially his dog Sparky.

Survivors include his mother, Wilma Bruins Klaus of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Carl Lee Bruins; three brothers, John Bruins of Big O, S.C., Oscar Bruins of Heber Springs, Ark., and Jim Bruins of Hermiston; five sisters, Myrna Woodell, Sally Roe and Marilyn Winter, all of La Grande, Lila May of Las Vegas and Sharon Belcher of Portland; and other relatives. His father; two wives, Diane and Betty; a son, Dale Edward Bruins, and a sister, Carol Odermot, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 15, 2006, Published: July 13, 2006

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