Robert R. Brennan

March 03, 1925 - July 09, 2012

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Robert R. “Bob” Brennan, 87, of Kendallville died Monday, July 9, 2012, at 9:15 p.m. in the Laurels of DeKalb in Butler where he had resided since March.

He was a lifetime area resident. He graduated from Kendallville High School in 1943 and attended Purdue University.

Bob honorably served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army.

Bob and his wife began their married life farming. He later was a truck driver for 40 years. He retired from Hudson Trucking in Kendallville and drove for McCray Manufacturing in Kendallville.

He attended Faith United Methodist Church in Kendallville. He was a member of Kendallville VFW Post 2749, Kendallville American Legion Post 86, and Kendallville Elks Lodge 1194, where he was the oldest member.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed getting together with his classmates of 1943.

He was born March 3, 1925, in Kendallville to Robert R. and Greta L. (Gifford) Brennan. On December 26, 1946, in Kendallville he married June E. Browand. She preceded him in death on October 25, 2010.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Tom Smith of Kendallville and Linda and David Leamon of Kendallville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey R. and Kay Brennan of Kendallville and Michael J. and Kathy Brennan of Elmhurst, Illinois; 13 grandchildren, Eric Smith, Nathan Smith, Jennifer Riecke, Melissa Andrews, Chuck Leamon, Brian Brennan, Joshua Brennan, Zachary Brennan, Angela Brennan, Callie Brennan, Sam Brennan, Greta Brennan, and Johnny Brennan; 18 great-grandchildren, Brennan Smith, Riley Smith, Mason Smith, Zakkary Howell, Chelsea Riecke, Quinton Howell, Lucas Riecke, Maya Andrews, Whitney Weimer, Paige Weimer, Walker Leamon, Kristi Brennan, Kelli Brennan, Nathan Brennan, Cameron Brennan, Allison Brennan, Owen Brennan, and Ava Brennan; and a sister, Rachel Steele of Washington Court House, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Lovett; and a son, Timothy Patrick Brennan on June 3, 1988.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 S. State St., Kendallville, with Pastor Leon Pomeroy officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Military graveside services will be provided by Kendallville VFW Post 2749, Rome City American Legion Post 381, and active duty members of the U.S. Army.

Casketbearers will be Eric Smith, Chuck Leamon, Brian Brennan, Joshua Brennan, Zachary Brennan, Zakkary Howell, Quinton Howell, Sam Brennan and Johnny Brennan.

Calling is Thursday, July 12, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. An Elks Lodge service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to Foundations of Noble County (formerly known as the Noble County Training Center) or Laurels of DeKalb Memory Unit.

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Duane Leighty
July 13th, 2012 10:56pm

To the Brennan Family you have my sympathy. What a great Father and person he was. He will be truly missed. God Bless all of you.

Dean Gillespie
July 13th, 2012 9:14pm

Very sorry to here that Bob passed away. He was a very good person who would always stop and say hello. I wanted to attend his funeral but work got in the way. When growing up we were all like family and he will be missed by all who knew him. Dean Gillespie

Tom and Sue Sherer
July 13th, 2012 1:01pm

our deepest sympathy to you all

MIck Newton
July 13th, 2012 11:30am

I am very sorry I was unable to make the visitation yesterday, I had an incident I had to deal with. I alway enjoyed talking to Bob over the years, he was just a good person and always had time to stop and talk with you. He will be missed. Please accept my condolences. Mick Newton

Ann Stoeckley Haffner
July 13th, 2012 12:33am
Syracuse, IN

Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of your father and grandfather. I've known Bob all my life and Rachel and I were girlhood friends. God bless and comfort you all.

Steve Mansfield
July 12th, 2012 9:24pm

I am sorry to here about your lost

Mark and Elainey Richardson
July 12th, 2012 2:46pm
Englewood, FL

Dearest Brennan Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We hope that with time and fond memories, comfort will find its way to you. With Deepest Sympathy, Mark and Lainey

Mitch Manahan
July 12th, 2012 1:56pm
West Bloomfield, MI

Mike and Family - I am so sorry for your loss. May God continue to watch over you during this trying time. In Christ, Mitch (ENHS 1983)

Roger Moses
July 12th, 2012 2:07am

To all the Brennans - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Jerry Campbell
July 11th, 2012 12:51pm

Jeff: Sorry to read about the passing of your father. Please accept my families condolences and prayers. Jerry,Troy,Traci,Jerry Lee,& Nicol