Soldier Who Died In Afghanistan Remembered For Love Of Family

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Master Sergeant Thomas Bruner of Owensboro liked Christmas so much that he even decorated the inside of the garage. But he was looking forward to the holiday especially this year, because it meant coming home from Afghanistan to celebrate with his family.

But Bruner, who was in his second deployment to Afghanistan with the Army Reserve, died Sunday in Kabul of what is believed to have been a heart attack. He was 50.

His wife, Jane Bruner, told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that Bruner wanted to go to Afghanistan, and she couldn't stop him from doing something he loved.

Bruner was on active duty from 1975 to 1979, followed by 26 years in the Army Reserve beginning in 1981.

A funeral service is expected to be held later this week in Owensboro.

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