Brian Thomas Brudos, Black Earth, WI (1967-2014)
June 27, 1967 - January 17, 2014
On Jan. 17, 2014, an amazing, courageous man left this world to inspire and touch others in the next life. Brian Thomas Brudos, age 46, passed away at home following a recent diagnosis of cancer and a lifetime quietly fighting cystic fibrosis without a complaint. Brian's final wishes were honored when his devoted wife fought the clock and all odds to bring him back home from the hospital one last time. He was at peace at home, where he would watch the wintering birds gather at his feeders on the porch and take spectacular pictures of the sun rising and setting on the neighbor's farm down the valley. He wanted nothing more than to be at home with his loving family, friends and dachshund puppies.
Brian was born June 27, 1967, to Gaylen and Mary Ann (Torgerson) Brudos. He graduated from Viroqua High School in 1985, and attended UW-Richland Center. He married his best friend, Carla Turk, on June 18, 2004, and they treasured every moment they shared. He worked at the Department of Transportation for 14 years and took great pride in his role as a lead worker for the Division of Motor Vehicles. In 2005, he retired early due to his health, but he made it a positive experience by becoming a stay-at-home dad, providing love and guidance to his two special step-daughters, Jenna and McKenzie Radl.
Every fall, Brian looked forward to attending deer hunting camp on the family farm with his dad, brother and nephews. Nobody cheered louder for the Packers and Badgers than Brian and you didn't dare carry on a conversation during the game. His wit was unstoppable, even when he was ill. The medications he was taking caused swelling in his face, but he shrugged it off and joked that his hair had shrunk.
Survivors include his wife, Carla, who was dedicated to Brian's well-being; his step-daughters, Jenna and McKenzie Radl; his mother, Mary Ann; his siblings, Catherine (Cam) Gilbertson of Nashotah; Dave (Shannon) Brudos of Viroqua; father and mother-in-law, Chuck and Arlene Turk of Black Earth; sister-in-law, Anna (Jim) Kraft of Black Earth; nephews: Tom and Mike Brudos, Kyle Tensfeldt and Chad Cole; nieces, Nicole Brudos and Shannon Cole; other relatives and friends; and his trio of dachshund puppies: CoCo, Miley and Baby. Brian was preceded in death by his father; younger brother, Richard; his grandparents; and sister-in-law, June Turk Tensfeldt.
Our deepest thanks to the dedicated staff at Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service and the compassionate caregivers of Agrace HospiceCare for helping Carla fulfill Brian's final wishes to return home so he could be surrounded by his loving family, friends and puppies.
Dearest Brian: You are my husband, my son, my brother, my stepfather, my friend, my inspiration, my hero. You are loved and you are missed. We trust and pray that the plans for you are big - too big for us to understand, because we weren't ready to give you up yet. Watch over us, show us your strength, and continue to be our rock. We're going to need you to see us through this, and for all that lies ahead. For those of us still here, we pray you knew how much we love you. We'll find strength knowing you're here with us and that we'll be with you again someday.
A celebration of Brian's life will be held at a later date. The ELLESTAD CAMACHO FUNERAL HOME, 1710 Center St., Black Earth, WI, is serving the family.