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WILLIAM E. BRIEGEL, 69, of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital. Born Nov. 25, 1949, in Fort Wayne, he was a son of Ida and Arnold Briegel. He attended Indiana University Purdue University and Washington University at St. Louis. William served as a Humanities professor at Indiana Tech for 23 years, and as an instructor at University of St. Francis for 13 years. He was a member of the Coyote Creek Golf Club, Allen County S.P.C.A and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Bill will always be remembered for his quick wit, vast knowledge of subjects he taught and his love for dogs and golf. He is survived by his wife, Lynne of Fort Wayne; sister, Dianne Van Pelt of Fort Wayne; brother, Jack Briegel of Knoxville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews. In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held. A special private memorial will be held at a later date. Preferred memorials to the William E. Briegel Scholarship Fund at Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma / Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 20, 2019.
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August 14, 2020
I really miss my friend, professor and dog lover. Bill wasa special person that I will never forget. His wit, his love of animals and his students. Bill will be forever remembered. Love to all the family.
Debera Volk-Smith
December 25, 2019
He was a dear friend for over 43 years and I truly miss him and his wit. I will never forget you, my friend.
Debera Volk-Smith, MS, LSW, CCFC
September 13, 2019
I can't believe I'm just now finding out about Mr. B's passing. I had him for English at IBC and knew that that was something about him that was cool. He was my absolute favorite teacher I had at that point. He will be missed.
Trey Thorn
August 26, 2019
Praying for the Family ...Prof Briegel was the 1st professor I had at Indiana Tech when I moved to Fort Wayne From Michigan in 2004. Amazing Professor...Will Defiantly be missed .#MyfavProfessor#Rip#Techco08
DeAnna Gantt
August 26, 2019
My heart goes out to the family. He was monumental for me in my college years at Indiana Tech for getting me back on the right path to graduate. As a mentor he understood my potential way before I did...Will miss him dearly!!!!
Kristan Sacharnoski
August 26, 2019
I'm afraid I'm coming up short on words. I'm going to dearly miss him for the outlier of a professor, mentor and friend he was to me when I needed it the most. Thank you, and rest well Will. My deepest sympathy.
Derek Goeltzenleuchter
August 25, 2019
It's been many years since I saw Bill. I am heartened by his impressive list of accomplishments, and saddened by his sudden passing. I will always remember fondly his wit and wisdom. Peace to all my dear friends in the Briegel family.
Nazih Jarjour
August 25, 2019
Bill was my friend. I will miss him. A Churchill quote seems appropriate for Bill: "I am ready to meet my maker...whether my maker is ready for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."
Jack Peterson
August 23, 2019
Deb and Bob Smith
August 23, 2019
Never expected to hear about Will. He was a friend for 46 years, a coworker, advocate for students, advocate for animals, a family man. Thoughts and prayers to his family, Lynne, Jack, Dianne and family and to Mr. Blue. RIP my friend. You will always be in our hearts and mind.
Debera Smith
August 23, 2019
Sam, Dutchess, Brandi, all those that crossed the RainBow Bridge
August 23, 2019
A dear friend of 46 years. Will was a great educator, family man, friend, coworker, and devoted dog lover. This was an unexpected shock when my friend from Michigan called. To Lynne, Jack, Dianne and family and to Mr. Blue, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP my friend. You will be deeply missed.
Deb Volk
August 22, 2019
Mizam Maarof
August 22, 2019
Gunner and Bernie Smith
August 22, 2019
I met Bill in 1973 at IPFW. I was an older student and Bill was the Director of the Tutorial Center. Bill helped a lot of us with his compassion, education and personal growth. He was a dear friend, a confident, a devoted animal lover,and a great person with a great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers to Lynne, Mr. Blue, Diane and family. I will miss him greatly and will remember him with a smile. Rest in Peace my friend.
Debera Volk- Smith
August 21, 2019
Great colleague at Indiana Tech English department. Thoughts and prayers to his family.After i left Tech i enjoyed keeping up with him and in contact through facebook. I will miss his jokes and quick wit. Thanks for the memories.
Brenda James
August 21, 2019
My Sincerest Condolences to the Family of Mr. Briegel. Mr Briegel was a good hearted guy and a good Professor. He will be truly missed.
Viola Moore
August 21, 2019
A rare and wry wit backed by insight and an ongoing personally directed continuing education that made Bill into someone who offered unusual and piercing analysis of whatever came up in conversation.
jim sack
August 21, 2019
Prayers to Diane and family. Bill was a good friend for more than 40 years. He had a great sense of humor, could be very to the point, not sugar coating a thing. I am proud to have been his friend for these years. RIP my friend.
Deb Wagner
August 21, 2019
Bill was one of the most genuinely friendly people I've ever met. He always went out of his way to say hello and talk..of course. He will surely be missed at Coyote Creek.
Sally Farrell
August 21, 2019
So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you. Professor Briegel made his classes at Indiana Tech enjoyable. His intelligence and humor will be missed.
Pam Fech
August 21, 2019
Wow this one hit me hard! The funniest and coolest professor every! Briegel was in a class of his on! Always had the right things to say! Will be truly missed! See you on the other side with your big Cigar!
Detonio Hawkins
August 21, 2019
My favorite professor ever! This one hurts! Condolences to his family..
Brandon Hinton
August 21, 2019
To one of the best professors ever. You will truly be missed. Definitely hurts to hear this.. Prayers to his family
Jujuan Cooley
August 20, 2019
My deepest sympathies to Bill's family and friends. He was one of my favorite professors at Indiana Tech and I always enjoyed running into him in the years since. Rest In Peace
Brian Buisman
August 20, 2019
Our condolences to the entire Briegel family and all friends. We will fondly remember Will (a.k.a "Bam" as we knew him back in Indian Village), as Jack's older brother who gracefully suffered our youthful hijinx. He will be remembered for his intelligence and wit, as well as having a supreme love of dogs and golf. He will be missed. Lynne, Dianne and Jack, we will hold warm thoughts for you and your families. Wishing you peace and joyful memories in the days ahead.
Love, Matthew & Valerie Mostes
San Francisco, CA
Matthew & Valerie Mostes
August 20, 2019
My deepest sympathies to all of the family. Will always made my day a little brighter when I would get to see him in person and on Facebook. He will be missed by many. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Annette Daniels
August 20, 2019
He was a wonderful person to know and he will be highly missed.
Jack Wilson
August 20, 2019
Lynne,My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. Prayers for you in the weeks ahead.
Kurt Jack
August 20, 2019
Bill was one of my very first professors at Indiana Tech, and he became a dear friend and mentor for years afterwards. He is going to be sorely missed.
Linda Hoffman
August 20, 2019
Lynne, My deepest sympathy for you at this time. Hugs, love and support from your entire family. We love you.
Lisa Jack
August 20, 2019
Bill was a long term great friend. I will miss him every day. Deepest regrets of his passing. Diane and Jack, I will think of you every day.
Dan Randall
August 20, 2019
Bill was my partner at our golf course and great to spend four hours of golf and life together. Please let Coyote Creek know the date of a celebration for Bill..many will come and be a part of remembrance. Mike Mommer
Mike Mommer
August 20, 2019
So sad to hear this news. He was a good friend and great wit. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Ann LaMar
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