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In loving memory of
Richard Lee Bruha
  • July 20, 1952
  • -
  • December 03, 2017

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Without notice, the Angels came for Richard, Sunday (12/03/2017), and took his soul from his Ocklawaha home. He was born to Burton & Doris (Holscher) Bruha in Huron, South Dakota. He entered into active duty for the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War from 10/27/70-01/13/75.  He re-enlisted for an additional year to help disassemble the USS Intrepid in 1975, with that term ending in 07/13/76. Upon returning back home to Huron, employed at Armour’s Packing Plant, heading to play Baseball, he was struck by a car on his motorcycle. Almost losing his left leg, he spent several years of operations and on crutches, when he heard his calling to enter PT School.  He spent 33 years as a Physical Therapist specializing in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation primarily at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fl.  Beating the odds with that leg, he was part of a bowling league at Cloverleaf Lanes in Miami for several years, earned a Black Belt in Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts, participated in Scuba Diving,  Triathlons and a Baseball Team called The Animals.  Richard was a member of the Physical Therapy Association,  worked for the Ryder Trauma Center and was a Disaster Volunteer for the Hurricane Shelter at Edison High School in Miami.  He enjoyed camping, canoeing, horseback riding and mother nature in general.  Most of all, he loved to make people laugh and truly cared about improving the life of his patients. 

Richard survived by Karen, his wife of 26 years, three daughters: Veronica, Emery, Kameron, (Daytona Beach) and two sisters: Holly Raschke (Arvada, CO), Bette Rangel(Miller, SD).

March 14, 2014, Richard refractured his left leg,  permanently disabling him. It was a tough three years for him, once again he beat the odds and saved the leg.

Our hearts are sad to see a great man go.  We love you, rock heaven as you did on earth, and play those harps.

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  1. David L Messina says:
    04 Oct 2021
    Richard was a friend and colleague. He will be sorely missed. Semper Fi my brother

  2. Paul Kleponis, PT, LtCol (ret) says:
    24 Aug 2020
    Eternal rest grant unto you O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon you. May your soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

  3. Paul Kleponis, PT, LtCol (ret) says:
    24 Aug 2020
    Richard, today you came up in conversation here at Jackson. A nurse was asking another therapist about you because you had treated her as an outpatient and helped her. She wanted to send you a card. It had been quite some time since you left here man and clearly we lost touch. I contacted Steve and he found you and your obituary. I am so sad to hear of your passing my brother. You were always the life of the party and brought so much to everything you did in life. You enriched the lives of so many patients and mentored many young therapists. I am sure your wife and daughters miss you terribly.

  4. Deb Sweany lit a candle:
    09 Jan 2018
    Lit since January 9, 2018 at 1:59:14 PM

  5. Sonja lit a candle:
    11 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 11, 2017 at 12:12:56 AM

  6. Sally Mattke says:
    10 Dec 2017
    God bless you and keep you and give you peace.

  7. Dennis Lee Moldrem says:
    10 Dec 2017
    RIP Dick

  8. Rhonda Szpotanski lit a candle:
    10 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 10, 2017 at 12:54:40 AM

  9. Kevin P Stahl lit a candle:
    10 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 10, 2017 at 12:04:20 AM

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    10 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 10, 2017 at 12:02:33 AM

  11. Loren Nelson says:
    09 Dec 2017
    Adios dear friend. Till later. Midnite

  12. Joe Cronen lit a candle:
    09 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 9, 2017 at 12:23:24 PM

  13. Kenneth W Olsen says:
    09 Dec 2017
    ALMIGHTY God Jehovah Bless the Family of my OLD FRIEND DICK BRUHA in this your GREAT TIME OF NEED IN JESUS HOLY NAME !!!! Sincerely Kenneth W Olsen ijf

  14. David Schuelke lit a candle:
    09 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 9, 2017 at 12:24:22 PM

  15. Charlotte LaCombe lit a candle:
    09 Dec 2017
    Lit since December 9, 2017 at 12:10:42 PM

  16. Donna Curry says:
    09 Dec 2017
    RIP Dick Bruha...

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