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Howard P. Brenneman

Howard Brenneman, 70, of Hartford, SD, died Monday, March 21, 2016 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Howard Payne Brenneman was born March 18, 1946 at Le Mars, IA to Andrew and Joan (DeZeeuw) Brenneman. He moved with his family to Lyon County, IA where he received his education. He attended Jr. high school in Doon, IA and received his high school education at Central Lyon High School near Rock Rapids, IA from which he graduated in 1964. He attended a year of college at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.

He enlisted in the US Air Force where he was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base at Rapid City. While stationed there, he met Arla Hansen. The two were united in marriage on October 7, 1967 at Huron, SD. Howard was deployed to Vietnam where he served until receiving his honorable discharge.

Upon his return from the service, Howard worked for the telephone company and also farmed near Alpena, SD. The couple moved to Hartford, SD where Howard worked many nights and weekends for the phone company and also at a manufacturing job. He eventually owned and operated his own business installing telephone switchboards. He was later hired by US West and worked as a lineman for the phone company. He studied hard to better himself with the phone company, reading books and taking exams so that he could be promoted to a position of providing IT services for US West. He held one of only two positions for IT services with the company in the state of South Dakota. Howard was a very hard worker and firmly believed in diligence to the task at hand in order to better provide for himself and his family. He retired from US West in 2011.

Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Laurie Brenneman of Chancellor, SD, Brian (Christina) Brenneman of Omaha, NE and Mark Brenneman of Hartford, SD; 5 grandchildren, Jonah, Kyler, Cecilia, Charlie and Idella; and three brothers, Arlin (Glenda) Brenneman of Orange City, IA, Wendell (Deb) Brenneman of Sioux Falls, SD, and Carl (Barb) Brenneman of Brentwood, TN. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Arla, in July of 2013; his parents, and an infant son, Howard, who died at birth.

Funeral services will begin 12 Noon on Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hartford, SD. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Sioux Falls. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday with a prayer service beginning at 7:00 pm at Miller Funeral Home, Hartford Chapel.
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 23, 2016
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