Brenner, William Henry "Bill"
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Aug. 26, 1930 - Dec. 6, 2012
Bill Henry Brenner, 82, of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Irwin, PA, died on Dec. 6, 2012. Services will be held at 11:30 am at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida. Funeral arrangements by: Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel.
William Henry Brenner (Bill) was born to James A. and Jesse Brenner in Irwin, PA., as one of 3 brothers. These 3 boys had a sense of adventure and told amazing tales and stories of growing up in an economically poor but otherwise rich time. His childhood was shaped by his love of outdoors and a life centered on the family. The Brenner family was strong in honesty, discipline, respect, work ethic, and living within their means, all traits that Bill exhibited throughout his life.
Bill married Nancy Jean Dunsworth on January 25, 1952. In 1960 they moved with their young children to Florida to start a new life in a warmer climate. Florida in the 1960's was a much different place than today, but Bill embraced and enjoyed what this area had to offer. He built a boat for the family to enjoy and learned to water ski. He encouraged each of his children to develop their own interests and participated in helping them enjoy horseback riding, motorcycles, dune buggies, boating, camping and a host of other activities. Bill was generous and supportive; his free time was always spent on his family and friends. Bill and Nancy together provided a rich family life and their home often became a gathering place for the children of the neighborhood - there was always room at the dinner table for one more. The happiest and most carefree time of Bill's life was after his retirement from General Telephone. Bill and Nancy traveled throughout 49 states, never on a timetable, always able to stop wherever something took their interest. Their highlight was the summer they traveled to Alaska in 1993. They drove to Alaska with their travel trailer and spent the whole summer; two of their grandchildren flew to Alaska and joined them for 2 weeks. Bill loved that summer and spoke of it frequently. One of the best things about their travels was the times spent camping. Bill Brenner never met a stranger. His sense of adventure never dimmed, he was always ready to go. The last few years, Bill's travel was limited to seeing North Carolina leaves in the fall and attending the Florida Folk festival annually near Lake City. He loved his grandchildren and has been an important part of each one of their lives. In August he was able to hold his great grandson. While he physically diminished, he remained a fine man, a good neighbor, never in debt to anyone, always generous, a little bossy, definitely opinionated, and fiercely loyal. He considered his marriage the best thing that happened to him. He was a grand man who loved his simple life, happy with what he had and the people he was with.
Predeceased by; son Richard Brenner : Survived by: Wife - Nancy Brenner, Children - Susan(Brenner) Grundy and husband Bill Lewis, James Brenner and wife Cindy, Christine Brenner Grandchildren - Heather Brenner, Skye Grundy and Husband Chad London, great grandson Cord Terry London and Samuel Brenner.
Inurnment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery Friday April 5th at 11:30 promptly (arrive by 11:00 prompt). Lunch to celebrate his life afterwards at Myakka State Park. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Condolences at: www.brownandsonsfuneral.com
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory - Bradenton
5624 26th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207
Published in Herald Tribune from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013