Richard D. Brenneman, 96, of Bellefontaine, peacefully passed away early Thursday morning May 8, 2014, at Green Hills Community, West Liberty, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Rittman on Oct. 9, 1917, to the late Willard M. and Cora Mae Hoff Brenneman. He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Ellsworth, Paul and Willard Brenneman; and five sisters, Doris Mae Brenneman, Wanda Haemmerle, Grace Thill, Margaret Williams and Mary Crawford.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, the former Martha Elizabeth Grossenbacher; daughters, Leigh Ann Condie (Angelo, deceased) of Asheville, N.C., and Sandra Lynn (Ronald) Flanery of Clearwater, Fla.; sons, Robert (Patti) Brenneman of Cincinnati and William (Carmen) Brenneman of Urbana; many nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Richard graduated from Rittman High School in 1935 and Newark Business School. He worked for one year in Corpus Christie, Texas, installing the then new dial telephone. He worked in Panama from 1940 to 1945 as a Pan American Airways traffic manager. He tried to enlist in the military during WWII, but was denied because he didn't meet the weight requirement.
He, Martha, and baby Leigh Ann, moved from Panama to Seville in 1945 because of health concerns. He worked as a grain elevator manager for a total of 31 years at the Farm Bureau Elevator Co-op in Sterling, West Salem Equity in West Salem and Craig’s Coal Yard and Elevator in West Liberty, retiring in 1980.
He was member of the United Church of Christ where he was a deacon emeritis. He was a former member of West Liberty Lions Club and the Elks.
He enjoyed traveling with his wife to Okinawa, the Philippines, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. They were snowbirds in Florida for 25 winters and enjoyed golfing, dancing, and especially times with family and friends.
His family thanks the nurses and caregivers at the Green Hills Community for their excellent care and loving support for the past two years plus.
Pastor Paul Forrey officiates a private family memorial service and burial is in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association; United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 427, 212 W. Newell St., West Liberty OH 43357; and to the charities of the donors’ choices.
Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfdh.com.