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Lawrence R. Brunet
1939 2024

Lawrence R. Brunet

September 6, 1939 — January 2, 2024

Lawrence (Larry) Robert Brunet
Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024 after a long hard battle with COPD.

Larry was born September 7, 1939 in Milwaukee, WI. His family moved to the Fond du Lac area when he was a young boy. He later moved to Green Bay in his late 20s.

He attended Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac where he was an outstanding athlete, involved in football, track and pole vaulting. breaking the state pole vault record his senior year. He also spent two years at the University Wisconsin Oshkosh on a full football scholarship.

In 1961 he was in the reserves as a Marine almost going to the Bay of Pigs confrontation. He also ran the Milwaukee Journal newspaper office in Green Bay for many years.

In 1970 he moved to Las Vegas, where he married Kellie and his daughter was born. He worked as a blackjack and craps dealer in the casinos starting out in the old downtown Vegas and eventually working his way up to the famous Las Vegas Strip. He loved telling stories of the old casinos and the famous faces he was lucky enough to meet.

In 1980, Larry, along with his wife Kellie and daughter Kristian, moved back to the area and purchased Roadhouse Pizza in Ripon. The restaurant was one of his proudest accomplishments. Larry and Kellie worked hard side by side for many years making it a favorite staple for the local community. He loved talking and meeting with all of the customers who stopped by. His famous pizza, sandwiches and cheese puffs were loved by many and were a definite "must have" whenever you stopped by for dinner. He was a huge supporter of Ripon College Football, he loved attending the games and decorating the walls of the restaurant with photos of the team. In 2007 after 30 years they sold the restaurant and moved back to the Green Bay area. Larry's wife Kellie would like all of his favorite past employees to know how much he loved and missed them. He still spoke fondly of them years later. Even after the sale of the restaurant in 2007 he still continued to find his way into the restaurant industry, working up until his late 70s.

He also had a love for animals that could not be surpassed by anyone. The family had many cats, dogs, birds, newts, fish etc, that he loved dearly. If he could, he would've rescued as many as possible, just to make sure they had the best lives.

Larry will also be remembered for his vintage red and white 1959 100-6 Austin-Healey. He visited many car shows, proud to show off all of the work he had put into the vehicle. During the warmer weather it was always parked in front of the restaurant.

Larry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kellie, his daughter Kristian (Rich) Troudt, sisters and brother-in-laws: Susie and Wayne Georgia, Shawn and Carrie Zehms, Scott and Linda Zehms, Paul and Sharon Zehms and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Larry will be interned at the Allouez Catholic Chapel Mausoleum in Green Bay.

Kellie and Kristian would like to thank the entire Unity Hospice team for all of their help and support. Words
cannot express how wonderfully compassionate and caring you were in Larry's time of need.

"When our time on this earth is done, money or material things will not matter. But the love, time and kindness we've given others will shine and live on forever." -Snoopy

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the Green Bay humane society.
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