Michael Wayne Bruggman — one of the two people who died in last week’s explosion in Gatesville — was laid to rest on Monday in Temple.
“He was my person, sorry, my protector,” said Bruggman’s sister Lesa Rowell.
Hundreds of family, friends, co-workers and the many whose lives were touched by Michael Bruggman, payed their final respects.
“I met Bruggman in 1994 he was my closest and best friend,” said one of Michael’s friends during the ceremony.
On Monday, those friends and family shared their stories of their time with Michael.
“He always had a big smile, he always had a big heart, and he would give anything, even the shirt off his back for anybody in need,” said Emilio Delgado, who worked with Bruggman for a period of time.
“He had so much integrity, and I knew Mike was the person that no matter what whenever him he was there, night and day, don’t matter whatever I needed Mike was there and I was there for Mike,” said another co-worker.
Bruggman worked with Lochbridge-Priest, Inc. for two years. The company’s president says it’s a very difficult time for his 430 employees.
“You know, when you get to be my age, you understand when an event has occurred that you will never be the same from. And that event has occurred. We will never be the same, Michael will be with us always, his family will be with us,” said Skip Burch, President of Lockridge-Priest.
“That quiet streak will always be remembered, that kind heart already is and will be dearly missed, and that smile, those dimples, will never ever be forgotten. We love you Bruggman,” said Stephanie Tomasek, long time friend of Bruggman.
Bruggman was one of two construction workers killed in the explosion, the second was 36 year old Filiberto Morales of Round Rock.
Bruggman was 43 years old.