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Marty has shared pictures from his past and present.
As well as some very interesting stories about those years.
 
His Life in pictures was greatly expanded after 2007 as more
photos were found when his mother moved from the
family home in Kansas City.
 
 
 
 
THE EARLY YEARS
 
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  Marty  in 1937.
  His folks called him, Buddy.
 
The story about how, why and who gave him the nickname Marty is told on a special page.
 
Marty is ready to play ball.
 Notice Marty's upgraded "wheels" in the background!  Ready to roll after baseball.
Marty celebrating his 12th birthday.
A Big Boy with his own wheels at age 3.
Helping his dad make repairs on the road.
 
Buddy (Marty) worked in his dad's Auto Repair Shop and Garage for many years up through and including high school.
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE SCOUTING YEARS
 
  On the way to Boy Scout Camp.
  Camp box packed -- check!  Goodbye to dog - check!  Part of growing up and going away - DOUBLE CHECK!

Boy Scout chums and later High School Classmates - Doug Schuyler and Ron Tipton.

Marty as a member of the staff with a pet snake draped around his neck.
A New Eagle Scout
 
 
OSCEOLA
Boy Scout Camp
THE HILLS of OSCEOLA
Three thousand woodland covered hills located on the Osage River.
The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation, Council Camp for the Kansas City Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, near Osceola Missouri
ROUND UP Dancer
 Bridge Builder Bruns 
This photo was taken around 1949-1950
Marty tells us, "... that looks to be a Mic-O-Say brave pouch I have around my neck."  Marty, Ron Tipton, and Doug Schuyler were initiated into Mic-O-Say together.
Marty (still called Buddy) with his Dad.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marty tells us about his father and Troop 27.
 
A touch of bragging, Dad was Scoutmaster of Troop 27 for almost 25 years before cancer got him.  He and his "committee" of Schuyler, Tipton, Hartzler and twelve other men I could name stayed together and built a real program for boys.  
 
 Their ambition was to have twenty seven Eagles for Troop 27.
It took them fifteen years but they achieved that goal in 1963.
 
 
The 1961 Eagle Scout Ceremony
That is dad, known to all as "Curly", with his back to the camera. Before he died, he successfully integrated Troop 27 and with mom, successfully helped transition Covenant Presbyterian to full integration such that they still are functional today.
Not bad for a couple with only an 8th grade education, having grown up in a "closed" German community.
 
You are right, Marty --- not bad at all.   Wonderful in fact.
 
 
 
 
 
THE BOY GROWS UP AND BECOMES A TEENAGER!
 
The 8th Grade class of Southeast High School
 
This is a fuzzy photograph.  Marty appears to be the boy on the far right in the white shirt.   Can you identify any of our other classmates? 
 I can identify only a few -- but cannot find myself.!
 
A strong young ROTC cadet  member of the Southeast Drill Team.
 
Marty's ROTC Letters
1953-54 ROTC Field Day
The three in the front row are Marty, Tom Baucke and Howard Jones.
 
 
 
ROTC Promotion
Time For
Southeast Cadets
   Sergeant Cox, former ROTC instructor at Southeast, has been transferred to Camp Carson, Colorado, where he is personnel sergeant major.
  Each Kansas City high school has only one instructor this year. Ours is Sergeant Stoner, who assisted Sergeant Cox last year.
Promotion time is always looked forward to by the cadets, and the list just issued includes:  Ronald Belzer, Howard Jones, majors; Tom Baucke, Charles Stotts, captains; Martin Bruns, James Colwell, Don Kraft, Joseph McKinley, Gerald Roberts, first lieutenants; James Flannery, David Hudson, William Honsinger, Joseph Kresse, Authur McEowen, Kenneth Nolan, second lieutenants.
 
This article came from an issue
of the Tower published our senior year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Summer Fun - 1952 or 1953
 
 
Marty tells us:  "The four in the boat are Jennie Cook, me at the oars, Doug Schuyler at the stern and my sister, Nancy, hanging on the side of the boat.  This was taken at one of the weekend outings to the Lake of the Ozarks that our families, the Bosserman's, Schuyler and the Bruns, occasionally took.   Jennie was Glen Bosserman's step daughter.  Doug dated her for a while in the early to mid 50s."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Embarrassing Moment for a Dating Teen
From an Oct 15, 2013 Email between Marty Bruns and Shannon Jones
 
I have a  lousy memory for names.
 
During our Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in high school I went steady with Diane Price.  We had been dating for a year or two when I called her about something, maybe to set up the weekend plans. Anyway, I couldn't think of her name while we were talking so was calling her honey, sweetheart, etc. 
 
Either I was being obvious or she got playful and asked me to say her name.  Of course, I couldn't think of it and we ended up in a tiff. 
 
It took a couple of weeks to smooth that one over.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1954 - High School Senior Week
 
This is what Charles McGehee, Marty, Ron Tipton, and Joe McKinley  lived on!
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE NAVY SERVICE YEARS
 
As a teenager Marty worked as a Life Guard in the summers.
 Grove pool in 1954 and 1955 and Swope Park pool before joining the Navy in 1956 --- where he was once again a Life Guard.
 
1959 - Marty as a Navy Life Guard
Dress Blues
 
 
 
 
 
 
CAREFREE DAYS AS A BACHELOR
 
 
 
 
I have been hunting for a picture that I know exists somewhere, of my beloved '41 Ford coupe convertibles.
 
Yes,  I meant plural.
 
I had a "Sunday Go To Church" car and a "Saturday Night Pick 'Em Up" car.  Not that we ever had any success.
 
The "we" were Don Kraft, Ed Hayes, Tom Williams and occasionally Joe Kresse.
 
 
Not actually Marty's car but similar
 
We would loop the drive-ins with the top down, hooting and hollering like the jackasses we were at that age.  For some strange reason, the "pretties" were never much impressed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STROLLING DOWN MEMORY LANE
A June 16, 2012 Email from Marty Bruns to the Class
 
I don't know why, but I awoke this morning thinking of an incident that occurred involving Don Kraft, Tom Williams, Ed Hayes and myself.  It would have had to have happened between June 1960 when I got out of the Navy and January 1963 when I moved here to Iowa.
 
There was one night that we were going out and Ed was the driver.  He picked Don and me up on the way to Tom's house.  At that time Tom and his mom still lived on 63rd St. across from Swope Park.  As it was evening, it was already dark out at this time.  We pulled up across the street from Tom's house.
 
Ed had a spot light in his car which he used to shine on Tom's door and intoned an Eliott Ness "This is the FBI" line from a TV show that was popular at that time.  He tracked Tom from the door and down the drive until Tom waved to move the light away as it was blinding him.
 
Tom hopped into the car and Ed cut through Swope Park and then headed down Meyers Blvd to wherever we were headed that night.  Probably to Troost or the Plaza.
 
Anyway, at about the Agnes intersection, we were surrounded by police cars, in front, behind us and beside us on the right and across the median on the left.  We were ordered out of the car and told to put our hands on the roof, hood, etc.
 
Don was trying to get the officers to say whether they knew his brother, who had been a K.C. police officer and was currently an officer somewhere else.  They were telling him to shut up and were making Ed open the trunk.
 
Ed had a dozen or so cans of partially used paint in his trunk, all of which were touch up paints that he was using to doctor scratches and rust spots in his car.  The Sergeant with the group then accused us of vandalism, in spite of Ed's protestations that the paint was for his car.
 
About that time, one of the officers finally "heard" what Don was trying to say and acknowledged he knew Don's brother.  Also, the Sergeant had turned and looked at me and realized I was the son of the owner of Martin's Auto Service, where he used to park his motorcycle.  Two links to reputable sources were enough!  We got a tongue lashing about the spotlighting and told to never, ever, do it again and then sent on our way.
 
Don Kraft Corrects Marty's Story!!
From an Email to Marty Bruns from Don Kraft - June 17, 2012
 
"Good one...........Buddy,  I was trying to tell them about Steve Untrif who was on the police radio at the time, not my brother.     But  good story......TNX  for the memories............"
 
So it was Steve Untrif --- not Don's brother!!!
It's still a funny story either way!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
THE BACHELOR GETS MARRIED
BECOMES A FATHER AND A GRANDFATHER
 
 
 
"THE BRUNS BOYS"
"Includes yours truly, oldest son Daniel Martin, number two son William Thomas,  number three son Brian David, and grandson Devin William ."
 
September 5, 1966 Marty and Audrey are married.
 First granddaughter, Marie Danielle.
Marty, Audrey, and grandbabies in 2002.
The PRIZE PHOTO of ALL!
Grandpa at work!
Papa is getting instructions from Marie on how she wants the game played.
Papa is getting a close scrutiny from Lil' Audrey as she tries to convey her opinion.
Excelling as a Grandpa!
 Flying paper airplanes with Devin
 
 
 
 
 
THE BRUNS GANG -  2008
 
Marty, Audrey, Brian & Aurelia - 2009.
 
 
 
      Marty and youngest son, Brian.
 
 
 
 
THE BRUNS GANG -  2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BACK TO 'OL SOUTHEAST HIGH
 
Marty and Audrey during the 2004 Reunion tour of Southeast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
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Marty and Audrey at the 55th Reunion Luncheon.
Reunion laughs with Leroy Ganser and Shannon Jones
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 60th Southeast Reunion - 2014
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Audrey at the picnic check-in table while Marty keeps his back to the camera talking to Don and Jerry.
 
The Iowa resident (in the back) taking a tour of Kansas City with his classmates.  One of the 2014 Reunion events.
Clark and Dot Smith chatting with Audrey and Marty at the Union Station.  One of the stops during the tour.
 
Officiating as the Master of Ceremonies at the Reunion Dinner
 
Mark Twain grade school classmates

Tom Williams, Jim Lyle, Ramah (Edwards) Rembold, Shirley (Scherrer) Nye, Bev (Reynolds) Yonts and Marty

 
 
 
 
The above is only part of Marty's life.
 
He would like to share a few stories with you.
Don't miss these special pages!
 
 
Becoming Marty
Winter Walks in Iowa
ROTC Camp
Teen Town Decorum
Tales of a Life Guard
 
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