John “Jack” Bartlett Brust, age 92, longtime resident of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on April 29th, 2020

John “Jack” Bartlett Brust, age 92, longtime resident of Lombard and Civic Leader, died April 27, 2020 at his home in Hayward, Wisconsin.  Veteran U.S. Army WWII.  Jack was the Founder of the Brust Funeral Home in Lombard and Carol Stream.

A Family Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 4, at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard, Illinois. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. A Drive-Thru Visitation will be held Sunday, May 3 from 1-4 PM.

Jack was the beloved husband of Jacqueline J. nee Kahrs, the late Marilyn Fritz nee Kelley and the late Anita nee Raasch; dear father of John Brandon (Karen) of Lombard, Clara Bonnie (the late James) Fiebrandt of Lombard, Thomas E. (Susan) of Minnesota and James F. of Carol Stream; dear step-father of John (Germaine) Fritz of Arizona, Denise (Stephen) Sheehan of Glen Ellyn, Suzanne (Mark) Marshall of Glen Ellyn and Christopher Kahrs of Washington; grandfather of 13, James Bartlett (Kate) Fiebrandt of NC, Tom (Brittany) Fiebrandt of Maryland, Katherine A. (Adam) Dickens of Elmhurst, Kristin (John) Robinson of Glen Ellyn, John Christian (Ashley) Brust of Minneapolis, Kelsie (John E. ) Schmit of Denmark, Margaret Brust of Chicago, Max Brust of WI, T. Erik (Sarah Beth) Brust of MN, Heidi A. Brust of Carol Stream, Ted Brust of Lombard, Kristina Brust of MN, and Erik John Fiebrandt of Lombard; loving step-grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 20; brother of the late Kenneth (Ruth).

Jack was a graduate of Proviso East High School. He attended the University of Illinois Champaign and Illinois Benedictine University. He was a graduate of Worsham College of Mortuary Service.

During WWII Jack served as a surgical tech in the Medical Corp, helping in the recovery of those coming home from the hospitals in Europe.

After establishing Brust Funeral Home in 1952, Jack played many vital roles that helped shape Lombard into the fine town it is today. His beliefs in the growth and strength of community were illustrated by a diverse range of community services throughout his many years in Lombard. He came to Lombard, after WWII Army Service, committed to its future. His father’s and grandfather’s families, and his wife, Anita’s, family, had all grown up in Lombard.

Jack Brust has been president of organizations such as Lombard’s Chamber of Commerce, the Lion’s Club, Rotary Club, Friends of the Library and was the very first president and founder of the Lombard YMCA. He was an active member of the Lombard Bi-Centennial Commission, the Library Board & Planning Commission, and the Chairman of the Log Cabin Committee during the county’s Bicentennial.  He was chairman of the committee that saved the Sheldon Peck Homestead.

*His involvement in the business community and good working relationship with other local businessmen led him to start the Lombard Chamber of Commerce in 1955.

*Jack was a senior active member of Lombard Rotary.

*In 1957, the resumption of the Lilac Parade, after its having been discontinued during the war years was successful due to the efforts of Jack Brust, Marty Reese, and Billy Ayers. He served with the Lilac Parade Committee for twelve years and was Chairman for 6 years.

*Brust Funeral Home has sponsored the Helen Plum Library float for over 40 years and continues to do so today.

*Jack was a member and former Trustee of St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church. He also served there as a captain of the Dart Team.

*Jack was instrumental in establishing the Lombard Historical Museum and the Lombard Historical Commission which led to the establishment of the Lombard Historical Society of which he is a Life Member.

*Jack was appointed as chairman of the Peck House Preservation Committee in which he was able to acquire a $100,000 grant for its restoration. Without his connections, the Peck House would not have been saved. Later, photographs of the Sheldon Peck family, tintypes, and two family bibles inscribed by the Peck family, were given to Jack Brust. Upon receiving news of the gift, he donated them back to the Lombard Historical Society as the start of the collection at the Peck house.

*Jack was a chairman for the Maple Street Chapel Endowment Fund. He was the head of its endowment as a non-church member for 15 + years.

*He served for 12 years on the Village Public Protection Committee and Planning Committee.

*He was the founder of the Lombard Businessmen’s Association.

*In 1991, after the establishment of a Brust Funeral Home branch in Carol Stream, he was named their Citizen of the Year for his civic involvement there, including starting their Chamber of Commerce.

*Jack also served 25 years as Governor for the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

*Jack retired in 1997.  He was honored as Distinguished Governor in 1995.

*He was Lombard Man of the Year in 1960.

*He was Grand Marshall of the Lombard Lilac Parade twice.

*Jack Brust served thousands of DuPage families at his business over the years.  He was compassionate with all people he came in contact with.

*As a founder of the DuPage County Funeral Directors Association, Jack served as President in 1959.

*Jack sang with the Suburban Veteran’s Chorus.

*Jack received an award from the FAA as President of the DuPage County Funeral Directors for his pioneering work on the Westmont/Hinsdale TWA plane crash in 1961, up until then the largest plane crash in the U.S.  Many of the procedures he, his father, Fred Brust and John Geils developed are still in use today in airline disasters.

*Jack loved his children and grandchildren. He owned a summer home in Hayward that hosted many of his friends and his children’s friends, who considered him a second father.

*Jack sold his businesses to his sons and retired in 1997. He has lived full time in Hayward for over 15 years.  He was active in his senior golf group there. Jack attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayward.

He was an avid fisherman (both salt and fresh water). He was a gemologist and gem appraiser.  He was the former Indian Merit Badge counselor for DuPage Boy Scouts.  Jack was a life member of the NRA.  He was an assistant manager at the old DuPage Theater when he started his business. He was a water-skier, antique collector, model train enthusiast, boater, avid reader and he loved dogs. He played poker once a month with a group of high school friends for over 70 years.  Jack was a world traveler and loved exploring other cultures.  He camped and fished in Canada every year from 1947-2008.  Jack loved the Florida Keys and was a member of the Marathon Yacht Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Lombard YMCA, 105 W. Maple Street, Lombard, IL 60148 or St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 215 S. Lincoln Ave., Lombard, IL or any of the deserving charities and churches in Lombard.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Bill Brooks says:

    Thanks for the memories! Thanks for sharing your life and wonderful family with us Jack was really the second father. Rest In Peace. Love Bill and Cynthia.

  2. Chip Marshall family says:

    To the Brust families:

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences. To say Mr. Brust accomplished a lot, and made an impact on hundreds if not thousands of people, during his lifetime would not do him justice. Wow. Privileged to have been able to meet him through Suzanne and Denise. They don’t make men like Jack anymore.


    Chip, Nora, Grace and Bridget

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