Henry Benny Bruno, CMSGT Retired
September 28th, 1932 – May 23rd, 2018
Henry was born in Spokane Washington to Alfonso and Angelina Bruno on September 28th, 1932 and passed away in his home on May 23rd, 2018. Henry was one of nine children and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1951.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn ‘Pat’ Bruno and their sons Henry Jr. and Joseph. He is survived by his sons David, Jeffrey, and Greg, his sisters Stella, Jane, and his brother Marvin along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Henry married Pat in 1956 in Spokane, Washington and shortly thereafter he joined the United States Air Force which took them all across the United States and him across the world.
While in the Air Force, Henry achieved the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest rank awarded to a Non-Commissioned Officer. He served during the tail-end of the Korean War and was in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. His specialty while in the Air Force was Cloak and Dagger Communications: Codes and Scramblers, which involved dealing with highly classified materials.
His citations include three Commendation Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Bronze Star with three Battle Clusters. Henry was very proud of his service to our Country.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1977 the family returned to Spokane, Washington and Henry quickly went to work for the Spokane County Courthouse. While working at the Courthouse, Henry was revered as the Ultimate Professional by his peers. He worked at the Courthouse for 24 years and retired as the Administrator of Judicial Operations for the Spokane County District and Municipal Courts.
After retirement, Henry loved spending time with his family in Spokane and at their river property on the Pend Oreille River. He was the ultimate Husband, Father, Brother, and friend to all who were lucky enough to have known him. Henry was an amazing man who can never be replaced and will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
We will always love you and remember the great life lessons that you taught us.