Ben Bruckner, Jr., 82, of Amarillo, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Polk Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Burt Palmer officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Bruckner was born Jan, 22, 1930, in Amarillo to Benjamin and Willie Mae Bruckner. He was a graduate of Amarillo High School and furthered his education at Texas Tech University earning a BBA in Marketing in 1953. While at Tech he was a member of several organizations, including being the business manager for both La Ventana and the Student Council.
Mr. Bruckner proudly served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Following his military service he went on to follow in his father’s footsteps in the growth and management of Bruckner Truck Sales. He began working in the family business when he was very young and served for over 50 years. He was serving as Chairman of the Board. He greatly valued all the people he worked with and the customers. Those who served alongside Ben in business and community knew him to be kind, caring and always thinking of others.
Serving his community whether in business, church or civic organizations was a priority for Mr. Bruckner. He was active at Polk Street United Methodist Church for over 50 years where he served as Chairman of the Board and on various other committees. He was honored to serve as a committee person for the Boy Scouts. In 2012, he was the recipient of Boy Scouts of America Golden Spread Council Good Scout Award. Ben also served as president of Amarillo Gideon Camp, director of Faith City Mission, and was a member of Amarillo Symphony Board. For sixteen years he served on the Board of Regents for Amarillo College. Ben was active in the Community Prayer Breakfast where he was a founding member. He was an active member of the Amarillo Downtown Kiwanis Club where he held several positions. Ben also served for eight years on the Wesley Community Center Foundation, five years on the Amarillo Area Foundation, and was a past director of First Bank. His business involvement included two terms on the National Distributor Advisory Council for Mack Trucks, as well as a Mack representative to American Truck Dealers Association for sixteen years. In 2008, Ben was named Texas Tech University Rawls College of Business Distinguished Alumnus.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Peggy Bruckner; two sons, Brian Bruckner and wife Carol and Chris Bruckner and wife Randi; five grandchildren, Maggie, Emily, Berkley, Matthew and Blake; a sister, Ann Passmore and husband Gene; and many nieces and nephews.
Should you desire to make a gift in memory of Ben Bruckner, Jr., the family has asked that these gifts be made to The Gideon’s International – Amarillo, P.O. Box 2304, Amarillo, TX 79105-2304; or to the Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk Street, Amarillo, TX 79101.
Ben’s faith was a vital part of his life. Any contribution made to these organizations will help continue the legacy that he left behind.