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Herbert P. Brugh

Obituary for Herbert P. Brugh

November 21, 1931 - October 17, 2018
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 86

Loving Father and Grandfather


Herbert P. Brugh, 86, of Rocky River and formerly Old Brooklyn, and longtime founder and owner of Herb's Tavern in Rocky River, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 after a battle with Alzheimer's late in life. Over a 55-year period, Herb operated several restaurants, including the Rocky River location which is still operating today. His other eateries included "Herb's Other Place" in Westlake, "Herb's Guard House" in downtown Cleveland, and "Herb's on Lake" in Avon Lake. He ran these businesses with his beloved wife of 56 years, Bobbie (Barbara) Brugh (nee Mayhan) who passed away in 2013. Herb graduated from Rhodes High School in 1950 and Heidelberg College (now Heidelberg University) in 1954 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business. He served his country during the Korean War in the Army. His first job was managing the Clearview Bar in Bath Township. Herb met his beautiful wife, Bobbie, at a party back at their alma mater in Tiffin. He was past Commodore of the Cleveland Yachting Club and volunteered his cooking skills and donated his famous burgers at St. Malachi's Food Program. He was an avid sailor and loved to boat, deep-sea fish, and navigate the waters. Herb and his wife especially enjoyed traveling to Europe and visiting his favorite place, Austria. He also loved to spend time reading and woodworking as well as collecting trains and beer steins. His well-known Rocky River eatery is now producing its own draft beer, endearingly called "Herb's 55." Herb is survived by his son Curt Brugh, daughter Kimberly Berry, and grandchildren Michael and Alison Brugh and Kaitlyn and Patrick Berry. His sister, Ora June Dehamn is deceased. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 12645 Lorain Rd., Cleveland, OH 44111 or the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th floor, Chicago, IL 60601. Friends may call the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 21369 Center Ridge Rd., Fairview Park on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 3-7 pm. Funeral service 10:30 am on Friday, October 26 at the funeral home. Interment Elmhurst Park Cemetery. 440-333-9774

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  • Alzheimer's Association
    225 N. Michigan Avenue, 17th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60601
  • The Salvation Army
    12645 Lorain Road
    Cleveland, OH 44111

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21369 Center Ridge Road
Fairview Park, OH 44116
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