PILLAGER — The Rev. James E. Brunko Sr., 90, of Pillager, Minn., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 24, 2012, at Lakewood Health System, Staples, Minn. James was born to Edward and Esther Brunko in Thomastown Township, in Wadena County, Minn., on June 30, 1921. He was a pastor for 70 years in seven different states.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Arvis; five sons, James Jr. (Barb), Larry (Kim), Bryan (Debbie), Rick (Rena), Steve (Berdine); four daughters, Barbara Almqusit (Dan), Kathy Harrington (Ron), Ruth Dille and Debbie Fisher (Dave). He is also survived by 30 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, two grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at First Baptist Church, 903 River St. S., Pillager, with Pastor Paul Johnson and the Rev. Robert Brunko officiating. Burial will be in Glenhaven Memorial Garden, Crystal, Minn. Visitation will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Pillager, and one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.