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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