Mr. Ted "Coach Bru" D. Bruington

April 2, 1940 ~ March 12, 2020 (age 79)


Mr. Ted D. “Coach Bru” Bruington, 79, of Galesburg, Illinois passed away at 4:48 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 at his home.

Ted was born April 2, 1940 in Galesburg, the son of James Arnold and  Carolyn Pauline (Anderson) Bruington. He married Barbara Jean Harpman on June 9, 1963 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on March 14, 2005.

Ted is survived by his one son, Bryon D. (Amy) Bruington of Plainfield, Illinois; two daughters, Kelli D. (Brad) Bosch of Ankeny, Iowa and Mindy J (Brian) McDonald of Carmel, Indiana; his brother, Gary Bruington of Galesburg; eleven grandchildren, Katie (Peter) Hollinger, Emily, Sarah, Megan and Jake Bosch, Ben, Hope, and Luke McDonald, Jack, Sam and Grace Bruington; nephew, Bret Bruington and his niece, Angie (Marty) Powers both of Galesburg and his beloved companion, Monty. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three granddaughters, twins, Brooke and Madison and BB McDonald and his sister-in-law, Alice Bruington.

Coach Bru taught history for District 150 in Peoria, Illinois, teaching at Peoria Manual High School and Woodruff High School, as well as Glen Oak Middle school and White School Middle Schools for over 33 years. He coached football, basketball, baseball, swimming and diving. Coach Bru retired in 1995. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1958 and Bradley University with a bachelor’s degree in education. He was inducted into the IHSA Sports Hall of Fame, Bradley Hall of Fame and Galesburg High School Hall of Fame. Coach was one of the top 100 players for the Missouri Valley Conference at Bradley University pre 1973 for baseball. Coach Bru was an avid sports fan with a great love of any sport. He especially loved following his grandchildren in whatever sport that they may have been participating in. Ted attended Coldbrook Christian Church. He was extremely patriotic, loved his country, a great western movie, vintage radios and Victrola record players. Above all he loved his family the most.

Visitation has been canceled due to the COVID 19 pandemic and private family funeral services are scheduled for Friday, March 20, 2020 at Mosher Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Guardian Angel Humane Society for his love of his many rescue dogs.  Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with services. Online condolences may be made at


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March 20, 2020

12:00 PM
Mosher Cemetery
West and North of Coldbrook
Cameron, IL 61423

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