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Bruce Vaultonberg

Apr 4th, 1970 - Oct 27th, 2022

Funeral Ceremony: 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Interment: Bunker Cemetery, Rinard

Visitation: 12 noon until 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home


      Gene Bruce Vaultonberg, age 52, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday afternoon, October 27, 2022, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

      He was born April 4, 1970, in Effingham, the son of Lowell and Virginia (Yingst) Vaultonberg.  He was united in marriage to Gabriela Schmidt on June 10, 2005, at the Olney Christian Church and together they have shared 17 wedding anniversaries.

      Bruce drove a truck for McLane Trucking Company.  He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, shooting guns, taking naps, and cooking.  He loved his children and grandchildren dearly and cherished time spent together with them, especially around the holidays.  Bruce attended Olney Christian Fellowship Church and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Flora.  He accepted Christ on October 17, 2007, and loved reading his Bible.  He would help anyone in need and will be remembered for his kind, giving heart.   

      He is survived by his wife: Gabriela Vaultonberg of Flora; children: Sarah (Andy) Weck of Olney, Johnathan (Christina) Hannel of Spokane, Washington, Marco (Lauretta) Hannel of Knoxville, Tennessee, Nathan Hannel of Ontario, California, and Cristian (Morgan) Hannel of Olney; mother: Virginia Vaultonberg of Louisville; 11 grandchildren: Landon, Justus, Jeremiah, Kayden, Emmalynn, Chase, Enoch, Alice, Reese, Jase, and Oaklee; siblings: Lenora (Daniel) Russel of Iola, Lowell Vaultonberg of Louisville, and Eric Vaultonberg (Amber Mines) of Pekin; a niece: Sarah Russel of Pekin; a nephew: Jeremiah (Veronica) Russel of Louisville; and several other nieces and nephews.  

      He was preceded in death by his father.   

      A funeral ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Bunker Cemetery, Rinard.  A visitation will be held from 12 noon until 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations have been suggested to the family and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Tanner and Sandra

November 1st

We are truly sorry for your loss. Bruce was a great man with such a kind heart and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

Don and Deb Wliams

October 31st

Gabriel and family we are so sorry to hear about Bruce. He was a really nice person and neighbor. Again so very sorry. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

Bonnie and Wayne Fender

October 31st

Gabby and family, We are so very sorry to hear about Bruce. We loved him dearly. He will be missed. Truly our deepest sympathies to all the family.

Shaun Martin @Pisces Pools

November 1st

I'm so sorry for your loss Gabby. Bruce will be missed by many. He always had a wonderful spirit despite his own challenges. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you!

Randy and Sandy Hudgins

November 1st

So sorry for your loss prayers for the family God be with you

Dave & Carolyn Henson

November 1st

Gabi so sorry to hear about Bruce. He was a sweet guy. We are glad to have known him. Love & hugs

Melanie Poindexter

November 1st

Gabby, I am so sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. Many prayers and hugs to you and your family.

Carol Hewkin

November 1st

So sorry for your loss.

Becky Beccue

November 1st

Sorry sorry to hear about your loss. All the family is in my prayers during this time of hardship. Love you all

Bud Price and family

November 2nd

So sorry for your loss.

Lori Parks

November 2nd

I am so sorry for your loss. Bruce and I graduated together in 1988. I went to school all my life with Bruce and our birthdays were 2 days apart. Bruce was a sweet guy and I enjoyed going to school with him. He will be missed. I am praying for his family!

Joni Pollard

November 2nd

I'm so sorry for your loss Gabby. Eventhough he is enjoying heaven, my heart goes out to you during your time of grief. Much love.


November 3rd

Oooh Gabby, I'm sorry to see this. My heart goes out to you! Prayers and hugs sent to you n your family!!

Gregg and Nora Hall

November 6th

Our dearest Gabi. I remember the first time we met you both back in 2007. Bruce and his silly sense of humor and you with your beautiful smile and caring hearts. We have prayed for Bruce from day one when we spoke with you all. Gods timing is not always ours and we may not understand, but God always keeps his promise and Bruce is dancing and singing before our Lord and King. May he give you strength, peace, guidance, and rest during the days ahead. Love you.

Billi jo Depoister, Batchelor

November 17th




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