Memorial Service 3:30 pm December 3, 2022 Highlands Presbyterian Church 1902 W. 59th Street, La Grange Highlands, IL 60525
Richard (Dick) Lee Brunot passed away peacefully on September 29, 2022. Dick was a loving father to three children and the beloved husband of Joyce Ilett Brunot, who preceded him in death by two months. He was born in 1932 in Wallace, Indiana, to Willis E. and Elizabeth D. Brunot.
Dick graduated from Arsenal Technical High School (Indianapolis) in 1950 where he participated in choir, played the trumpet in the marching band, and served on the State math contest team. Dick was an active and dedicated Boy Scout during his high school years and earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1947.
He continued his education at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied business, and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma (business academic honorary) in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army R.O.T.C. program from 1950-1954 as a member of the Corps Commander’s Staff. Dick graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science in Business with Distinction and as a Designated Distinguished Military Graduate.
Dick and Joyce were married in Indianapolis in 1955 and moved to Chicago where Dick served in the U.S. Army Finance Corp at Fort Sheridan from 1954-1956, and where he was on active duty as 1st Lieutenant with the U.S. Army Audit Agency. He was on inactive reserve status from 1956–1962 during which he became a Certified Public Accountant (IL) and was honorably discharged in 1962.
Dick spent two years with Chicago accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Company followed by a successful career at CBI Industries/Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CBI) in Oakbrook, IL where he would become Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Dick’s tenure with CBI allowed for extensive international travel which he greatly enjoyed and shared with Joyce and his children by taking them along on trips or bringing back gifts and stories from the many people and places he visited. He retired from CBI in 1987.
Dick and Joyce settled in Western Springs, IL, in 1962 where they raised their family and Dick became a passionate advocate for his community. He served as a Member of the Western Springs Recreation Commission (1990-1993), and as a Member of the Western Springs Village Board (1993-1997) chairing the Finance/Properties and Recreation Committees. Furthering his dedication, Dick served as a Member of the Board of Education for Lyons Township High School District 204 (1980-1983) lending his expertise to the audit, finance, and compensation committees. In April 1997, he was awarded the Cook County (IL) Sheriff’s Senior Medal of Honor for distinguished volunteer community service.
Active with his church and faith-based organizations, Dick served as a Member of the Board of Trustees at United Methodist Homes & Services (Chicago, 1987-1996). He was dedicated to his longtime memberships at the First United Methodist Church, Western Springs, and most currently at Highlands Presbyterian Church, La Grange, where he led capital fund campaigns, served as a Sunday School teacher, held many committee positions, and most enjoyably sang in the Sanctuary Choir.
Dick cherished time with his family, organizing activities, sports, adventures, and trips throughout Chicagoland and abroad, and was proudly in attendance at his children's concerts, sporting events, Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities, special parties, and milestones. He was unwavering in his loyalty to the Indiana Hoosiers, the Cubbies, and the Bears, and enjoyed being outdoors -- nurturing his beautiful gardens, feeding the birds, and befriending the many bunnies that visited his yard. Dick was an avid reader, particularly of history and biography, enjoyed the lost art of stamp collecting, and had a beautiful singing voice.
Our dear Dick is now an angel in heaven, reunited with his loving wife, Joyce. We feel his warm and loving presence around us each day and hear him singing songs of peace in the eternal choir.
Dick is survived by daughters Susan (Wayne) Schindler and Sharon (Rich) Speziale, son Ron Brunot (Kathy), grandchildren Christopher Schindler (Emily), Eric Schindler (Angie), Heather Schindler, Patricia Schindler, Michael Olsen-Brunot (Anya), and Kara Brunot, and great-grandchildren Violet, Ava, Thalia, and Oliver Schindler. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 3:30 pm at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 1902 W. 59th Street, La Grange, IL 60525. All are welcome to a reception at the church following the service. Memorials may be given in honor of Dick to Highlands Presbyterian Church, www.highpres.org.