David Wendell Brunberg

Lee's Summit JournalJanuary 17, 2014 

David Wendell Brunberg

David Wendell Brunberg, age 98, passed away on Jan. 12, 2014 at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Dalton, Georgia. He was born on Aug. 26, 1915 in Manhattan, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Esther Vilander Brunberg; two sisters and a brother; his wife of 50 years, Helen Green Brunberg; and his second wife of 18 years, Frances Stripe Converse Brunberg.

His survivors are two daughters, Lois Bradford of Dalton, Ga. and Judith (James) Sharp of Memphis, Mo.; two granddaughters, Laurel (Fred) Browning of Rocky Face, Ga. and Wendy (David) Laudone of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; three great-grandsons, Andrew (Ashley) Cascella of LaFayette, Ga., Taylor Clements of Chatsworth, Ga. and Lucas Cascella of Rocky Face, Ga.; three great-great-grandchildren, Alexandria Randolph of Belleville, Ill., and Hayden and McKenzie Cascella of LaFayette, Ga.; one nephew; and two nieces.

David graduated from high school in Waukegan, Ill. and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Mo. In 1942 he supervised the engineering school of the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Co. to help in the war effort, then served as a Seaman First Class SV-6 in the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. He later earned his Master’s degree in Audio Visual Education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Blue Key fraternities and received many recognitions and awards during his educational career.

David taught elementary instrumental music and directed high school band and chorus in Maitland and Centralia, Mo., in Muscatine, Iowa and in Pittsfield, Ill., then became the Coordinator of Instructional Materials and Federal Projects for the Antelope Valley Joint Union High School District in Lancaster, Calif. There he wrote applications for over 70 NDEA projects and wrote and supervised Title I programs designed to help students, who had ability but were doing poorly and would have been dropouts, to complete high school. The State of California ESEA Title I office considered this one of the most successful Title I programs in the state. After retirement he lived in Kirksville, Lee’s Summit and Independence , and then moved to Dalton, Ga. to be near his daughter, Lois, and her family.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 300 S. Tibbs Rd., Dalton, Ga. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association. The graveside memorial and internment will be held at the Downing Cemetery, in Downing, Missouri at a later date.


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