Aug. 6, 1929 - Nov. 7, 2013|
Theodore Junior Brecht, age 84, of Elwell, MI passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Woodland Hospice Center, in Mt. Pleasant, surrounded by the love and support of his family.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln Road United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Jana Lynn Almeida and Pastor George Showers officiating. Full Military Honors will be conducted at the Sumner Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home, Riverdale. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Woodland Hospice Center, 2597 S. Meridian Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 or Gratiot County Commission on Aging, 515 S. Pine St., Ithaca, MI 48847. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, June; his four children, Douglas A. and Brenda Brecht, Deborah M. (Brecht) and Thomas Casselman, Diane Sue and Mike Doherty, and Teresa J. Brecht; his six grandchildren, Jonathan Doherty, Adam Brecht and fiancée Angela McDonald, Julie Doherty, Tara Brecht, Ryan Brecht, and Wade Brecht; and siblings Lloyd and Phyllis Brecht, Betty Wonsey, and Jack and Judy Brecht.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Ruth Brecht; an infant brother, Bernard; sister-in-law, Naomi Brecht; and brother-in-law, George Wonsey.
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Ted was born in Richland Township in Montcalm County on the north end of Deaner Lake on August 6, 1929, the son of Benjamin and Ruth (Wager) Brecht. Ted attended the Sumner Center Country School and eventually graduated from Alma High School in 1948. In service to his country, he joined the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Greenland from 1952 to 1954. He returned home to Michigan, where he married Glenna June Rose on May 21, 1955 at the Riverdale United Methodist Church.
Ted began his career as a milk tester in conjunction with a short term course on agriculture at Michigan State College, graduating in 1949. In 1957, with his wife, they purchased the farm that continues to serve as the family's primary residence. A lifelong farmer, he dedicated the remainder of his years to raising dairy cattle and a variety of crops. Demonstrating his dedication to farming as a profession, Ted was an avid member of the Michigan Milk Producers Association, the Michigan Dairy Herd Improvement Association, the Michigan Farm Bureau and a number of county agricultural committees.
Ted will be forever remembered as a passionate advocate of agriculture and lover of animals, who was rarely seen unaccompanied by a small procession of his favorite farm companions. It was an affection he enthusiastically and affectionately shared with his family, ensuring that no member failed to grow up without first spending an appropriate amount of time in the barn.
Published in The Morning Sun on Nov. 9, 2013