Jesse Daniel Bruns, age 45 of Madison, South Dakota, joined his loved ones in heaven on February 20,
2024, at his farm near Madison, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 PM on Monday, February 26 th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic
Church with Father Anthony Urban as the Celebrant. Visitation will be 3-6 PM on Sunday at Rustand-
Weiland Funeral Chapel and will continue on Monday from 12:30 PM-1:15 PM followed by procession to
the church for mass. There will be a luncheon immediately following mass. Burial will be in Lake
Madison Lutheran Cemetery, rural Rutland. The funeral mass will be livestreamed on Rustand-Weiland
Funeral Chapel Facebook page. Online guestbook is at

Jesse’s family strongly encourages memorials be sent instead of flowers. Please send memorials for
Kade Jace Bruns Trust at First Premier Bank, 202 NW 2 nd St., Madison, SD 57042.

On October 6, 1978, Jesse was born the middle child of three to Dan and Linda (Bachmann) Bruns of
Madison, SD.  Jesse graduated from Madison High School in 1997 and attended Dakota State College in
Madison where he played his favorite sport, football. We all loved number 38, Jesses football number
that was retired from Madison High School. Jesses sons wear the number 38 on their jerseys today.
Jesse left college to pursue his dream of raising Registered Angus cattle with his dad. Together Jesse and
Dan built a successful Angus herd for over 40 years. An annual bull sale is held at the farm every year in
March, but sadly, he will not be there this year. Jesse was a member of the American Angus Association.
He also assumed the dealership for Gallagher Fence.  Jesse was also employed at Madison Livestock,
Madison, SD, for 30 years where he gained the respect and trust of many cattlemen.
Jesse was highly respected in the cattle business throughout South Dakota. Jesse was a kind and
generous man with the ability to talk to anyone and make friends. His smile was contagious and anyone
who met him became his friend.
Jesse was an avid fan of SDSU and the Madison Bulldogs and he rarely missed an event his sons were
involved in. He loved coaching both of them in football and baseball (as his dad stated I think he is
reliving his high school years through his boys). With all of that being said, Jesses sons were his pride
and joy.
Jesse is survived by his wife, Kari (Heinricy) Bruns; 3 sons, Kade and Jace Bruns and John Callies; mother,
Linda Bruns; brother, Don Bruns (niece Witten Bruns) and sister Kaylynn Bruns (nieces Addison and
Paislee Cooney) all of Madison, SD; mother and father-in-law, Jim & Alana Heinricy; his “adopted
brother” (cousin) Matthew Bruns; aunts & uncles, Kevin and Crystal Manthey, Dawn Holley, Ron Bruns,
Gary Bruns, Bill (Diane) Bruns and Keith Gates and several cousins and his dogs Jack and Ruby.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dan (2019); grandparents, Don & Ardeth Bachmann and Eldyn &
Ellen Bruns; brother in-law, Chad Cooney and aunts, Gloria Gates and Gwen Bruns and his two dogs Bull
and Lucy.
There were many things Jesse was passionate about and the ones we will always remember him for are
his love for his boys, his family, his dogs, and his love for the cattle business.

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