June 6, 2012 – December 26, 2013
Otto Braun Gruner of Navasota, Texas, entered the earth on June 6, 2012, and went home to our Heavenly Father on December 26, 2013, after being diagnosed on November 3, 2013, with AT/RT, an aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer. A celebration of Otto’s life and his “homecoming” will be held privately with immediate family in Navasota, Texas.
Otto is survived by his brother and best friend, Cooper Olsen (2); mother, Kourtney, and father, Gus, of Navasota; his “Poppa and Kizzy,” Ken and Kathy Rogers of College Station, and his “Gran and Beej,” Byrom and Pat Gruner of Navasota; uncle, aunt, and cousins, Kendall, Angela, Riley, and Mason Rogers of Spring, Texas, as well as Sam, Brandi, Clara, and Ben Gruner of Dallas, Texas.
Although his time on our earth was not as long as we hoped, Otto entered a fighter at 34 weeks and left the same way. Otto loved PBS’ “Daniel Tiger” and “The Wonder Pets” television shows, the music of Sean McConnell, Seth James (Walker) and Reckless Kelly, and being read books like “I Am a Bunny” and “The Going to Bed Book.” Otto also loved watching his brother Cooper play and laugh.
Otto was blessed by the loving care of many individuals other than his family in his 18 months, most notably Dr. Henderson and nurse Angie at University Pediatrics; Dr. Jae, Dr. Su, and all the nurses at Texas Children’s Hospital; Carol South, Kathy Barrow, and Jana Aguilar at ECI; and April, Amy, Olivia, Jenni, and Dr. C.H. Prihoda at Family Hospice of College Station.
In lieu of gifts, flowers, or other generous acts, please spend a meaningful moment reading a book to or creating a lasting memory with a child.