Bruce D. Laufenberg

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CROSS PLAINS–Bruce David Laufenberg, age 54, of, Cross Plains, passed away peacefully on, Aug. 16, 2022 after two-year-long battle with cancer, with his niece/goddaughter, Caitlin Hellenbrand, by his side.

He was born on Jan. 28, 1968, in Madison, the son of Ralph J. Laufenberg and his wife, Carol M. (Uselman) Laufenberg. In 1986, he graduated from Middleton High School, where he took part in Future Farmers of America (FFA). Bruce married Lori Ann Schultz on Sept. 18, 1993, in Cross Plains.

Bruce worked as a small engine mechanic for Middleton Power Center for 30-plus years. He enjoyed tractor pulling and being outdoors, whether he was hunting, camping or snowmobiling. He had the know how to fix just about anything, he was a man of many talents.

He is survived by his supportive and beloved wife, Lori of Cross Plains; his sons, Nicholas (Marla) Laufenberg of Poynette, and Trevor (Bailey) Laufenberg of Black Earth; his parents, Ralph and Carol Laufenberg of Waunakee; his siblings, Debra "Debby" Hellenbrand of Dane, Randall (Carlos Paulino Perez) Laufenberg of Waunakee, Kari (Terry) Meffert of Waunakee, and Scott (Nicole) Laufenberg of Waunakee; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Neal Norbert Hellenbrand (March 18, 2022).

A celebration of Bruce’s life was held at the Hawks Nest restaurant, 7914 State Road 19, Dane, from 1-4 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Gunderson Funeral Home, 2421 Church St., Cross Plains, ably served the family. Online condolences may be made at

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