Mr. Carl Bernard Brecheisen, 89, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, died early Saturday morning, November 30, 2013 at the Sterling House North in Bartlesville.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at the First Wesleyan Church in Bartlesville. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday at the Evergreen Cemetery at Offerle, Kansas directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory of Bartlesville.
The Brecheisen family will receive guests for visitation at the Stumpff Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M.
A memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the First Wesleyan Church for the "Family Life Center", 1776 S.E. Silver Lake Road, Bartlesville, Okla., 74006.
Mr. Brecheisen was born on April 10, 1924 at Offerle, Kansas to Carl Frederick and Martha (Schroeder) Brecheisen. He grew up and received his education in Offerle where he graduated high school and was an outstanding all sports athlete, specifically in baseball. He entered the U. S. Navy and served during World War II
, attended officer's training and flight training. He attended Notre Name on a baseball scholarship and for a number of years held the record for the longest home run in Notre Dame history. Following his Honorable Discharge he was active as a professional baseball player in the Cleveland Indians organization. He was married to Gladys Margaret Oliphant on November 8, 1947 and he attended Fort Hays State College on the GI Bill where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education. He then taught school and was a coach at Lenora, Kansas and later owned a drug store there. He moved to Great Bend, Kansas where he worked in public relations for the power company until moving to Dodge City, Kansas as the manager of United Telephone and later as the manager of Pepsi Cola in Dodge City where he helped design and develop beverage trucks which are still in use today. He was on the Board of Directors for Dr. Pepper and was attending a meeting in Dallas, Texas when President Kennedy was assassinated there. In 1967 Mr. Brecheisen became the business manager for the Ford Philpot Evangelistic Association until moving to Atlanta, Georgia as manager of an alarm company. He then entered the insurance business as a State Farm agent in Salina, Kansas, later moving to Savannah, Missouri as a State Farm Regional Manager, and then to Overland Park, Kansas where he operated a State Farm agency until his retirement. Mr. Brecheisen was an avid golfer and loved to fish. He was very active in Lay Evangelism Ministries, taking him to many areas where churches would have special training sessions in assisting in methods of personal evangelism. For many years he and Gladys hosted Bible Studies in their home which were a special blessing and spiritual help to a multitude of people. He was a member of the First Wesleyan Church, the Hillcrest Country Club and in earlier years had served as the Kiwanis Club Lt. Governor for the State of Kansas. Mrs. Brecheisen preceded him in death on July 20, 2008 and Mr. Brecheisen was remarried to Norma C. (Lewis) Stegman in August of 2009.
Mr. Brecheisen is survived by his wife, Mrs. Norma C. Brecheisen, three sons, Rev. Steven Brecheisen and wife Vonda of Newton, Kansas, Brian Brecheisen and wife Debbie of Lake-in-the Hills, Illinois and Dr. Scott Brecheisen and wife Cheryl of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, eight grandchildren, David Brecheisen, James Brecheisen, Jessica Shireman, Rachelle Ek, Alicia Versack, Carissa Brecheisen, Kara Cogburn and Kelly Brecheisen, and seven great grandchildren, Paige Brecheisen, Emma Brecheisen, Summer Brecheisen, Ryann Brecheisen, Alayna Ek, Ashlyn Ek and Kanon Versack. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Winona Field.