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John A. Bruggen

August 2, 1932 – July 27, 2022


Leawood, Kansas – John A. Bruggen, 89 passed away peacefully on July 27, 2022. John was the fourth of 5 brothers to Ben and Ruth (Silletto) Bruggen. He grew up in the Chicago area and attended the University of Illinois for his bachelor’s degree. While there he pledged Sigma Chi from 1950–1954 and to this day had a deep love for his pledge brothers. He was in ROTC in college and later served 2 years in the Army.  He was sent to Korea in ’55-’56 in the Army Armored Division, where he was a First Lieutenant and commanding officer of 2 platoons.  In 1957, John started work for Del Monte Packing Corporation in Rochelle, Illinois where he met his loving wife, Virginia of 63 years.  He then joined Ralston Purina in Marshalltown, IA.  While there he earned his master’s degree at Drake University and later moved to Illinois where he became Product Manager at Abbott Laboratories and later Vice President of Sanofi Animal Health.  The family moved to Kansas City in 1980 with a company transfer with Sanofi.  He later consulted back with Abbott Laboratories in 1996–1999.  After retirement, he taught marketing classes at Baker University.  John loved reading, playing bridge, golfing, teasing us endlessly, and socializing with friends.  His hobby was building model train landscapes and collecting model trains. He was active at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church as an Elder, Usher and at one point Chairman of the finance committee.  He was a Sporting KC season ticket holder for many years and enjoyed watching our local soccer team and grandson play.  He loved spending his summers with friends and family on our lake home on Big Sand Lake in Park Rapids, MN.  He was passionate about his family, teaching them character building values and in general being there for all their important events.  John is survived by his wife, Virginia, two children Greg (Carol) and Julie (Vance) Kempin, grandchildren Zachary and Alex (Talia) Bruggen, Brandon, Jonathan, and Katherine Kempin and great granddaughter Genevieve Bruggen.


In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64145 or online . The family would like to thank the team at the Kansas City Hospice House for their extraordinary passion and care.


Service will be held at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall Avenue, Overland Park, KS on August 20, 2022 at 11:00 am. There will also be live streaming of the service at

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Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church
9300 Nall Avenue
Overland Park
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Aug 20, 2022
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11:00 am
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Dan Beuggen Aug 05, 2022

Uncle ,Sebastian ,Florida

The Bruggen side of the family always got together for Thanksgiving. It was a big gathering with grandma, uncles, aunts, & cousins. My sister and I were the youngest of the cousins. Me and my sister would always love his smile and going up to him and he would tell us jokes about our dad. It was fun to watch him still pick on him rubbing his ears and doing other things. I also remember the heated talk when the NCAA moved to Indianapolis where we lived. Great times with a great uncle! God’s Peace to you Aunt Jenny, Greg, Julie, Carol, Vance, & the 2nd cousins.

Larry and Nancy Mock Aug 07, 2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

We were so deeply sorry to read in this mornings Sunday paper. Our sincere condolences to you Ginny and family. We think back to the fun times we had with you and John. Playing golf and the dinner groups from Rolling Hills. Our love and prayers go out to you. Sincerely, Nancy and Larry Mock.

Jim Day Aug 07, 2022

Rollling Hills Church ,Overland Park ,Kansas

TO Ginny and family: John was special to me. He taught me how to do Stewardship, review the church financials and how to build a strong faith. John always had a BIG smile, a warm handshake, a good compliment and a bundle of enthusiasm when he greeted someone. All of us at Rolling Hills, especially me, have and will continue to miss him. For you Ginny we are ready to hug and hold you as your life changes. Don't hesitate to call. Jim Day

Mike & Cyndi West Aug 07, 2022

Neighbor ,Leawood ,Kansas

Ginny, We were so sorry to hear of Johns passing. We are certain that he is a better place and will continue to remain in your heart. God bless and may he rest in peace. If there is anything we can do for you don't hesate to call or drop in. We are most always home. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Mike & Cyndi West

Elfie Couey Aug 07, 2022

Neighbor ,Leawood ,Kansas

Dear Ginny & Family, It is difficult to part after spending a lifetime together and the multitude of memories you made together will carry you through this parting. I’m so sorry you lost your life partner, may he Rest In Peace. I remember John most by his undeterred presence in his yard no matter the temperature or weather, making sure all is just perfect and it showed. Whenever you need anything at all, I’m next door and available to lend a hand or just to chat.

Pat and Jo Ann Cowan Aug 08, 2022

Neighbor ,Leawood ,Kansas

Ginny and Family - So very sorry to hear of John's passing. We will all miss seeing him tending to your beautiful landscaping and mowing your perfect lawn. God bless you all and we hope you feel the warmth of His loving arms as He supports you in your grief.

Joe Lobb Aug 08, 2022

Friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Greg and Carol, Sorry to here about Greg's Dad Passing. He leaves a Legacy to be admired. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.