Rev. Max Brunton, 89, if Terre Haute, passed away late Tuesday evening at Regional Hospital with his wife by his side. Rec. Brunton was born October 25, 1931, in Westport, IN, to Cecil Victor Brunton and Eva Ruth Downey Brunton. He was the fifth of six children.
Rev. Brunton was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Earl Ross (Barbara), Pauline Doles (Vern), Kenneth Edward (Charlotte), Scottie Lee (Jo), Marian Woods (Tommy), and his first wife Norma Jeanette Waite, who passed away August 2, 1998.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Jo Annie Hazelwood Brunton-Brunton; daughter Amy Jeanette Harpenau of Holland, IN; son, Richard Mark Brunton of Japan; granddaughter, Isabella Brunton of Taiwan; grandson, Austin and Drew Harpenau of Holland, IN; stepdaughter, Dawn Michelle Brunton of Hartford City, IN.
Rev. Brunton was a graduate of Westport High School, Ashbury College, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. While serving he took courses at Maryland University. Rev. Brunton gave his life to Christ while stationed in Greenland.
While a student at Asbury Seminary, Rev. Brunton began his pastoral career in Kentucky. He and his wife, Norma, were missionaries in Cuba, 1958-59 and while there he taught English and Health at Cuba Central Methodist School. Rev. Brunton served churches in the Southern Indiana Conference from 1960-2013, a span of 53 years, his last three churches were in the Terre Haute area. He retired from full-time service in 1996 after serving the United Methodist First Church, 14th and Chestnut, Terre Haute. In retirement, he served part-time at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church for eight years and Riley United Methodist Church for eight years. He and his wife, Jo, are members of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.
In his testimony at Mount Pleasant, Rev. Brunton shared that he had a rewarding life. “Even though I have arthritis, God is still good. And God is still sustaining me. I am thankful that God has given me two good wives, Norma and Jo Annie.”
Visitation will be Monday August 2nd from 9:00 am- 11:00am at Mount Pleasant Church with services following and Dennis Ticen officiating. Burial will follow at Lower Union Presbyterian Cemetery, Westport, IN. Family wishes that if there are any donations, they are to be given to Klinefelter Syndrome, AXYS PO Box 659, Paoli, PA 19301, in Rev. Brunton’s name Arrangements care under the direction of Samaritan Funeral Home.
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