Jeffrey S. Bruha

Jeffrey S. Bruha passed away on January 16th, 2020 following a 14 month battle against ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Jeff passed away at his home in Prior Lake, Minnesota, at the age of 58.

Jeff was born on July 21st 1961 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Jeff was a retired Search and Rescue “S.A.R” and Hospital Corpsman of the United States Navy and Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

He was avid admirer of watching his children run, the outdoors, The Eagles, the Minnesota Gophers and Vikings. He was incredibly smart and had an abundance of knowledge, far beyond the average person. He could diagnosis a patient, on the television show House, in less than four minutes.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Julie Bruha, and two children, Lauren (Nicholas Harrison) & Stephen Bruha; family dog, Nala; as well as his parents, Jim and Carolyn Bruha; brothers, Jim, Rich (Linda) and Paul Bruha; sister, Tammy Cochrane, and nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, nephew, Christopher Bruha, and beloved dog, Zeta.

A visitation will be held at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (4565 Pleasant St. SE) in Prior Lake, on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 PM.

A private burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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  1. Michelle & Jeff Haroldson

    Julie, Lauren and Steven. I’m wishing you peace in the months and years ahead to heal your hearts and bring you comfort. You should all be so proud of how you stepped up to make his final months of memories the best possible. You showed your true colors when it really mattered, and your acts of service were true acts of love.

  2. So sorry for your loss. I will treasure the memories we had with Jeff and your family. RIP Jeff.

  3. I’ll make sure I follow each Gren Bay Packer loss with a beer in his honor. It’s what he would want.
    Cheers ol buddy. I’ll miss ya.

  4. Condolences on your loss. He was a great neighbor and friend as a youth on the farm in rural Kendall.

  5. Mark and Liz Brown

    Julie, Lauren, Stephen and Nick–
    We are heartbroken over Jeff’s passing. Mark and I, and our entire family send you love and prayers. We have so much respect for the beautiful way you all took care of Jeff these past 14 months. ALS is a cruel disease that we are all too familiar with and we wish you all peace and much love.

    Mark & Liz Brown and family

  6. My deepest condolences to the entire Bruha family. What an incredible life Jeff had. He was far too young to leave you. God Bless your family.

    Bruce Zmolek

  7. Thinking of you at this sad time. May Jeff rest in peace and deepest sympathy to all of the family

  8. Mary (Henthorne) Peterson

    My condolences to the whole Bruha family. Jeff was a neighbor to us when growing up in the Clifton area.

  9. My prayers are with your entire family. God bless you all!

  10. Julie, Lauren (and Nicholas) and Stephen and the entire Bruha family,
    I am sending you all my healing energy and prayers to find the strength you need during this challenging time. Being a caregiver for such a devastating and progressive disease is very difficult. Jeff was very lucky to have all of you support him! Find your own peace now, knowing that Jeff is at peace as he no longer struggles to breath and talk and do all those things we just simply take for granted. So glad I was able to visit with all of you and Jeff over the past several months.
    Your friend,
    Jeff Haroldson

  11. Julie, Stephen and Lauren,
    We are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Love and hugs to all of you!

    Helen Kleaver

  12. Vickie Soderling

    Julie, Stephen and Lauren, we are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s struggle with ALS and his passing. You will be on our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate his life!!! May you find peace in the days ahead!!! With sincerest condolences, Vickie and Randy Soderling

  13. Nate and Kim Springer

    Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family. Nate and Kim Springer

  14. Julie My thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Way too young to lose this son, father, and husband. May he Rest In Peace and go home to his maker. I pray you and Steven and Lauren find some peace in the memories.
    Tom Nelson

  15. Andrea and Dan Steger


    We are so saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing and send our most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. We pray that you find some peace and memories of joy during this difficult time.
    Andrea and Dan Steger

  16. Terri (Colburn) Grosse

    Julie and family; I am sorry for your loss You are in my thoughts.

  17. Arden R Eberhardt

    Prayers to the whole family from Lois and I plus the (twit) which is our son Scott. This is the name Jeff gave to
    him when Jeff worked for us. We planned on coming up, but the weather that day turned ice and we chickened
    out. I called a classmate that morning and he said that there were cars in every ditch that was open to hold them.
    He was great help on the farm as all of his brothers.

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