BROWNING Robert Charles Bremner, 92, of Browning, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Monday, Dec. 31, in Browning.
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Visitation is today at his residence, 213 4th Ave NE in Browning, until this evening's 7 p.m Rosary service at the Little Flower Parish Catholic Church. His funeral is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with burial in Robare Cemetery one mile south of Birch Creek. Pondera Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Robert served in the United States Army Engineer Corps in World War II, where he fought on the Pacific Front in the Pacific Islands of Palau and Okinawa. Robert rebuilt roads and bridges destroyed in battles so supplies could be transported to the troops fighting on the islands. He once told students in his daughter's US history class that war was scary, and he did not like fighting but "when someone is shooting at you, you shoot back." He rose to the rank of staff sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1944.
Robert was very happy to have received an honorary high school diploma from Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCullough in 2001 granted to World War II veterans who quit school to join the military to fight for their country in World War II.
He worked for the State of Montana Highway Department for 37 1/2 years, where he supervised the maintenance of the roads in the Shelby section covering all the roads from the Canadian Border, St. Mary's, East Glacier, Browning, Cut Bank, Shelby and Valier
After his retirement, Robert was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church, where he served for 28 years before blindness force him to retire. He and his wife Rita served the Lord and the church side by side when bringing the Cursillo movement to Browning, as well as serving their community through the running of St. Vincent DePaul for 25 years.
Robert was an avid reader and loved crossword puzzles. He loved to take his family for long rides and fly fishing throughout Blackfeet country. But most of all, he was proud to show off the wall in his home where each of his 14 childrens' graduation pictures hung, as well as his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. He loved to take long walks, where his beloved poodle "Diamond" led the way when his sight failed him. He was a loving father who filled his home with music by playing the piano, fiddle, and guitar and imparting the love of singing and music to his family who filled his last days with music and song.
Survivors (all of Browning unless noted) include daughters Zita Bremner, Dawn Bremner, Mabel Davis (Harold) of Seattle, Mary Jo Bremner, Joan Wellman (Robert) of Valier, Peggy Carmack (Ken) of Washougal, Wash., Barbara Connelly (Martin), Stacey Renee Bremner and June Matt (Vance); sons Lockley Bremner (Tracie) of St. Ignatius, Robert Bremner (Katie), Bill Bremner (Jackie) of Cut Bank, and Joshua Bremner (Natalie) of Houston; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 66 years, Rita L. Buckman Bremner on Aug. 30, 2012; and his daughter, Verna Lynn Bremner.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 3, 2013