Joel Edgar Bruss, 65, of Greenville passed away at State of the Heart Care Center in the early morning hours of September 11, 2016 following a brief battle with cancer. The third child of the late Paul Edgar Bruss and Blanche Ellen Godown Bruss, he was born in Greenville on September 29, 1950. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1969 and enlisted in the Army on June 30, 1970. For much of his military service he was assigned to Ft. Huachuca in Arizona. Joel received an Honorable Discharge on June 29, 1973. Following the service he returned to Greenville and became a furnace operator for Corning. He was with Corning for over twenty-seven years and was one of the last employees out of the plant when it closed in 2000. Joel then went to work for Greenville City Schools and retired from the school district in September of 2012. In retirement he took pride in maintaining the house and yard, he enjoyed some travel, spent time with family and grandchildren, watched golf and Ohio State football and also helped to care for his wife’s parents. He was a member the VFW, the American Legion and St. John Lutheran Church where he served on the Property Team.
Joel is survived by his wife of fifteen years, Carol Rismiller Sellman Bruss; daughter Melissa Schnitzspahn and husband Kevin; son Kevin Paul Bruss and wife Jessyca; grandchildren: Jack and Nicholas Schnitzspahn, Ella Bruss, Paige and Ashley Carter; sister Wanda Bailey and husband Joe; nephews: Pat Foley (Kandy) and Paul Bailey; nieces: Becky Foley Forse (James), Heidi Bailey and Kate Foley Custer. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sister, Etta Mae Foley, brother-in-law Thomas Foley and niece Heather Bailey.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday September 24, 2016 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Brian McGee officiating. The Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard will conduct a Military Service at 3:00 PM Saturday in the funeral home. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the funeral home. Interment will be in the St. John Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joel’s name may be made to State of the Heart Care or Darke County Cancer Association.
Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com