Age 90, passed away on January 10, 2014. He was born in Steeleville, Illinois on April 1, 1923, a son of Herman and Mathilda (Dovemuelle) Brelje. Walter served his country in the Army Air Corps as a 1st Lieutenant in World War II, in the China Offensive, China Defensive and India Burma Campaigns. Walter earned his Bachelor Degree from UC Berkeley and worked as a civil engineer for over 35 years. He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Kiwanis, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Sonoma County Retirement Board. He is survived by his wife, Edna Brelje; daughter, Ann Hill; two sons, Brian (Susan) and Brent (Karen) Brelje; two step-daughters, Carolyn Yarbrough and Shirley (Tom) Kuntz; and a step-son, Tom (Patti) Yarbrough; 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 905 Men-docino Ave, Santa Rosa. Burial will follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. Memorial contributions may be made to the
, Memorial Hos-pice, or to Primrose Living Fund, 2080 Guerneville Rd., Santa Rosa. The family would like to thank the staff of Primrose and Memorial Hospice for their loving care. Daniels Chapel of the Roses 707-525-3730
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Daniels Chapel of the Roses
1225 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, 2014