Shawn Patrick Bruntlett, Sept 18, 1970–March 13, 2023 Shawn Bruntlett passed away from a heart attack, at his home in Carmel, IN. He was the son of Craig and Angela Bruntlett, and big brother to Eric Bruntlett; husband to Amy and father to Kenny.
Shawn was born in Minnesota, came to Indiana when his father began graduate work at Purdue. He attended Tippecanoe County Schools (Harrison High School), Indiana University and Purdue University. Shawn was a standout student and athlete. His football and baseball endeavors resulted in numerous awards and recognitions, he was the first athlete inducted into the HHS athletic hall of fame. He never sought the spotlight, but it often found him.
Shawn had an entrpreneural spirit and owned a Chicago restaurant, the Jazzy Cafe, for several years before moving back to Indiana and settling in the Indianapolis area. He joined forces with Martha Hoover and assisted in growing the Cafe Patachou restaurant business where he worked for 25 years. Friendships grew from his food community too... employees and customers both demonstated loyalty and love to him and now to his appreciative family.
Shawn married the love of his life, Amy Hill, in 2002. Only recently sharing the comment “I still really love that girl”. They have a son, Kenneth James, now 18 yrs old and a senior at Carmel High School. Shawn was immensly proud of Kenny who is so like his father. They share academic savy, athletic drive, the ability to spin a tale, and intense loyalty to family and friends. Nothing made Shawn happier than watching Kenny in action. Shawn was also an avid bass fisherman, loved competition fishing, and the friends around it. He was his brother’s best friend and best fan. He and Amy followed Eric’s baseball career with passion buying every hat, jersey, shirt and travelling to the big moment events. Theirs was a beautiful relationship.
Shawn is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ken and Eileen Flanders, Dale and Evelyn Bruntlett (Paynesville MN); James Dailey (Chilicothe OH).
He is survived by his wife, Amy and son Kenny; his parents Craig and Angela Bruntlett (Lafayette); his brother Eric and wife Eden, nieces Kathryn and Elaina and nephew, Hayes (Santa Rosa, CA). Also by his loving sister-in-law, Karin Combs, husband Jeff, and their daughter, Ann Ulerick; brother-in-law, Matthew Hill, (Frankfort, Ohio); grandparents, Billie and Jack Hill, and Donna Dailey (Chilicothe, Ohio); and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family reflects on this life, gone too soon, with gratitude for the color and fun and love he brought for those 52 years. Services will be Sunday, March 19th. Visitation from 3 to 4 pm, funeral service to begin at 4:00 at Indiana Funeral Care, 8151 Allison Rd, Indianapolis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a college account for Kenny. https://gofund.me/26550cd4 or to your favorite charity. Thank you