Wesley William Brennan

SUN LAKE, ARIZ. Wesley William Brennan died of natural causes Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Valley of the Sun Mortuary of Chandler, Ariz., handled arrangements.

He was born May 18, 1927, to Emma and Francis Brennan in Missoula. He graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula, where he played basketball and baseball. He was a smoke jumper, trained in Missoula and also raced hydroplanes. He served our country in the Navy starting in 1945, stationed in Hawaii. He attended the University of Montana, Missoula, where he met Audrey Elinor Torgerson. They married Sept. 1, 1950. They had three children, Colleen, Le Ann and Kathryn. Working for Carpenter Paper Co. and later Nationwide Paper, the family moved from Montana to New Mexico to Texas and back to Montana. His wife Audrey died in 1974. He met Patricia Rentschler in 1995 in Sun Lakes, Ariz., where they played golf and spent time with friends. They have been together for 16 years and did enjoy traveling together to Ireland, New Zealand and Africa. They have a home in Arizona and enjoyed the cabin on Placid Lake in Montana. He loved four-wheeling, hunting and getting together with friends and family.

Wesley was preceded in death by his parents, Emma and Francis Brennan; and his wife, Audrey.

He is survived by Pat Rentschler; his daughters, Colleen (Philip) Rodriguez of Dalbo, Minn., Le Ann (Robert) Anderson of Stanchfield, Minn., and Kathryn Brennan (Robert Tinnell) of El Paso, Texas. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other friends and relatives.

Condolences may be posted online at www.valleyofthesunfuneralhome.com or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 3, 2013