Former Supreme Court Justice De Bruler dies

A funeral service took place Tuesday morning for former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Roger De Bruler, who died Feb. 13.  De Bruler, 82, died with his family at his side, according to his obituary.

De Bruler was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1968 by Gov. Roger Branigin and served until his retirement in 1996. He was succeeded by Justice Theodore Boehm, who retired from the court in 2010. According to the Supreme Court, De Bruler wrote 866 majority and 590 dissenting opinions during his 28 years on the bench, one of the longest tenures in the court’s history.

An Evansville native, De Bruler graduated from Indiana University in 1958 and IU School of Law in 1960. He served as a deputy prosecutor in Indianapolis from 1960-1963 before he was appointed as Steuben Circuit Court judge, where he served until his appointment to the state’s high court.

According to his obituary, De Bruler is survived by his wife of 56 years, Karen De Bruler of Angola; his children, Roger O. (Teresa) De Bruler Jr. of Englewood, Florida, Lemuel Quincy (Sharon) De Bruler of Greenville, South Carolina,and Lily Marie (Bill) De Bruler, an attorney in Martinsville; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph De Bruler of Faramans, France, his parents and two siblings.

Services took place Tuesday at Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Interment will be at the De Bruler family plot at Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville.


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