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Ernest M. "Buddy" Bruni, Jr.

November 13, 1933 ~ November 10, 2021 (age 87)


Ernest M. “Buddy” Bruni, Jr. died Wednesday, November 10, 2021, in Laredo, Texas. Buddy was born on November 13, 1933, in Laredo. He was a prominent rancher, civic leader, philanthropist, and avid golfer.


Buddy joins his parents in eternal rest, Lilia Longoria Bruni and Ernest M. Bruni, Sr.; and his grandson, Matthew Bruni Sames.


Survivors include his wife, Linda Jacaman Bruni; his sister, Evelyn Bruni Summers (Carroll); his mother-in-law, Fairris Jacaman; his children and their spouses: Ernest M. “Rocky” Bruni, III (Patty); Micki Bruni Young (Paul); Triana Bruni Sames (Richard); and Lilia Bruni Wetsel (Brandon). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Ernest M. Bruni IV (Ginger); Sarah Crow (Phillip); Catherine Bruni; Brandon Jones; Richard Sames, Jr.; David Sames; Peyton Wetsel and Taylor Wetsel. Great-grandchildren are Caroline Crow and Edward “Tad” Crow, Landon Bruni, and Sydney Bruni.


Visitation will be Monday, November 15, 2021 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels North, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041.


A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. The Mass will be streamed live at:


Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandson.


Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Sames, Brandon Wetsel, Paul Young, Carroll Summers, Robert Summers, Phillip Crow, Justin Jacaman, Tad Brittingham, Pepe Trevino, Renato Zapata, Jay Trautmann, Abe Wilson, Art Melendez, Clayton Burns and George Light.


The family would like to thank Buddy’s steadfast staff: Rosie Madrid, Florinda Contreras, Gustavo Ortega, and Mari Madrid.


In lieu of flowers, please consider remembering Buddy’s support of Bethany House and Ruthe. B Cowl Rehab Center.


You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at:


“Buddy has left the building.”


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850

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November 15, 2021

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels
1410 Jacaman Rd.
Laredo, TX 78041

Mass of Christian Burial
November 15, 2021

2:00 PM
St. Patrick Catholic Church
555 E. Del Mar Blvd.
Laredo, Texas 78041

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