Henry C. Bruins

Date of Death: Jun 03, 2019
Henry C. Bruins

1933 - 2019

Henry C. Bruins, 86, of Waupun, passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at St. Francis Home in Fond du Lac.

Henry was born February 24, 1933 near Alto in Fond du Lac County, the son of Clarence and Angeline Kemink Bruins. Henry went to Brandon High School and graduated in 1950. On August 24, 1951 he married Joan Kuik in Waupun. Following their marriage they resided in the Brandon area where Henry farmed for a short period of time and and then worked for Joan’s Photo in Brandon for seven years. While residing in the Brandon area he was a member of Bethel Reformed Church where he served as deacon and elder. In 1967 Henry moved to Lexington, KY where he and Joan would reside for the next 37 years. During this time Henry was employed by Speed Queen for 13 years. He was a field service representative and later became a sales representative in the eastern portion of Kentucky. In 1974 he became a sales representative in the furniture industry, covering the states of Kentucky and West Virginia. In 2004 Henry moved back to Waupun. On February 14, 2004 he married Betty Bouwkamp in Waupun where they have resided all their married lives. During this time Henry kept busy doing various part-time jobs. During Henry’s employment with Speed Queen and also as a furniture sales representative he received many outstanding awards in both industries for his excellence in sales. While residing in Kentucky, he was a very active member of First Assembly of God in Lexington, KY. In the private sector of Henry’s life he was very actively involved with The Gideons International and served as president of the Waupun Camp, president of the Lexington Camp, and Treasurer of Gideons for the State of Wisconsin. He was president of the Lexington Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International where he was also a field representative for the State of Kentucky.

Henry is survived by his wife, Betty L. Bruins of Waupun; a daughter, Linda (Jim) Self of Lexington, KY; two sons: Mark (Karen) Bruins of Lexington, KY and Nathan (Mary) Bruins of Hebron, KY; nine grandchildren: Melissa Sizemore, Eric Self, John Mark Bruins, Kelly Herriford, Andrea Dennis, Russell Bruins, Nicholas Bruins, Scott Bruins, and Richard Bruins; 22 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Elton (Elaine) Bruins of Holland Michigan; step-children: Mary (Tony) Martinez of Waupun, Rebecca (Kevin) Day of Waupun, David (Darlene) Bouwkamp of Waupun, Calvin (Nancy) Bouwkamp of Markesan, Timothy (JoEllen) Bouwkamp of Colorado Springs, CO, and Philip (Julie) Bouwkamp of Tryon, NC; and 23 step-grandchildren.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife, Joan in 2001; two sisters: Joyce Vande Zande and Cynthia Redeker; a brother, Glenn Bruins; and a great-grandson, Jaxon Dennis.


Friends and relatives may call on the family at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Henry Bruins will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Crossroads Fellowship in Waupun with Rev. Jeff Casper officiating.

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  1. Chery Boer Says: June 4, 2019 at 11:14 am

    My sincere sympathies to all of you.

    I remember Uncle Henry with such fond memories. He visited my mom several times and always cared for how she was doing.
    My dad and I visited Henry back in March and had such a great visit. So glad I was able to see him! He loved his Kentucky sports!

    Much love to you all!
    Cheryl Boer

  2. To ~ Linda, Mark & Nathan

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all…

    Linda we used to play together, when you lived in Bill & Della Looman’s house, on the former County Trunk O (now Metovale Rd.), by Brandon.

    Mark you used to come over every morning early, while my parents were milking their cows.
    Right across the road from you.
    After they were done milking, you went home.
    My parents Melvin & Elsie Wetzel certainly enjoyed your company!
    Your favorite saying was ‘How Come.’
    We all got a ‘kick out’ of that. LOL

  3. Sorry to hear of his passing. Great man of God in my book.

  4. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: June 8, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you all at this most difficult time.

  5. John Davis Says: June 13, 2019 at 10:19 am

    For many years, Henry and Joan hosted a Sunday night Bible-study and prayer group in their home across from First Assembly in Lexington. My daughter and I hardly missed a Sunday night over a 14-year period. People came from all over Kentucky and Ohio. They came from Indiana and Florida and other eastern states. Henry presided over a strong and active deliverance ministry during these Sunday night meetings. Dozens of Christians, young and old, were delivered from deep hurts, hindering spirits and debilitating habits. Dozens of Christians were set free. It was an effective and valuable ministry. When Henry moved back to Wisconsin to make a home with Betty, countless people in the Lexington area missed his ministry.
    Henry was God’s man in the trenches. He loved Jesus with all his heart and he communicated that love to others. We in the Lexington area still miss him and the good and powerful things God did through his ministry.
    We’ll see you in heaven, Henry. Thanks be to God for your ministry and your friendship.
    John Davis, one who was set free

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