Christmas surprise

Brewster, sons, receive gifts of new family

Peter Brewster’s life in the early 1960s could have been a template for a medley of Beach Boys songs.

brewster family

Peter Brewster, seated left, spent Thursday afternoon with his grandchildren, Madalene Jo Campbell and Nick Gordanier and his daughter, Kendra Campbell, standing left, and newfound sons, Matthew Howes and Troy Murfin at 2Gs Barbecue, 116 N. Main St. Gordanier is the son of Murfin. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)


An electronics technician with the U.S. Air Force, Brewster had the money to buy the Chevrolet Super Sport with a 409 cubic inch motor and he had the strapping good looks of a lifeguard. 

And, by his own account, he got around during his eight years in the military and 14 years as an overseas civilian contractor before marrying Leslie Hess in 1976.

“About 30 years ago, I wondered if I didn’t have some children out there,” the now 78-year-old Bellefontaine man said last week. “But, by the time I turned 70, I figured they would’ve contacted me by then.”

He admits he had 47 “girlfriends” during the time.

“I wasn’t real proud of it and it’s not something you go around bragging about,” he said.

Thanks to modern DNA testing, he now knows of two sons, Troy Murfin of Denver, Colo., and Matthew Howes of Spokane, Wash.

Thursday, he met them for the first time.

“I’m still soaking this in,” he said during lunch at 2Gs Barbecue, 116 N. Main St. “All of a sudden I have three kids instead of one and three more grandkids.

“From what I’m learning about my sons, they turned out pretty good. Probably nobody else in Bellefontaine is getting a Christmas gift like it this year.”

Read the full strory in Monday's Examimer.