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Richard Brei

Richard Ray "Rich" Brei

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Richard R. Brei, age 74, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2019 at the Cornerstone in West Bend. Richard was born on February 22, 1945 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Raymond and Lucille (nee King) Brei. He was made a child of God through baptism. He confessed his faith in Christ his Savior at his confirmation. Richard married Janelle (nee Sievers) Brei on April 18, 1981 at Good Shepherd Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

Richard attended Lutheran elementary and high school. He was a graduate of Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota; He received his Master’s in Education at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He taught at Good Shepherd in Omaha, Nebraska from 1967-1992; Trinity Lutheran in Aberdeen, South Dakota from 1992-1998; St. Paul’s Lutheran in St. James, Minnesota from 1998-1999 and Trinity Lutheran on Pleasant Valley Road in West Bend, WI from 2000-2012. Richard was a member of the Trinity Lutheran choir; he also served on the following high school boards; NELHS (Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School) in Waco, NE, Great Plains High School in Watertown, South Dakota, and KML (Kettle Moraine Lutheran) in Jackson, WI.

Richard enjoyed his teaching career and serving the congregations he was a member of. In his free time Richard enjoyed spending time with his family, he enjoyed playing golf, fishing and riding his motor cycle. He also enjoyed cheering for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Richard is survived by his wife, Janelle Brei of Jackson, three sons: Jonathan Brei of Jackson, David Brei (Nikki) of Kewaskum, and James Brei (Kristin) of St. Cloud, WI, and 4 grandchildren. He is further survived by his siblings: sisters: Jo Ann Brei, Janice Hebb (Wayne), Judy Frances (John), Joyce Brei and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Lucille Brei; one sister, Jayne Ann Brei and infant son, Matthew Paul Brei.

A Funeral Service will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church (1268 Pleasant Valley Rd., West Bend) with Pastor Kenneth Mellon presiding. Visitation will be at the church on Monday, April 15 from 11:00 am until time of service (1:00pm).

The family would like to thank everyone at St. Joseph Hospital, The Cornerstone Assisted Living and Serenity Hospice for the wonderful care provided to Richard.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church
    1268 Pleasant Valley Rd
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
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  • Service

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 1:00pm
    Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church
    1268 Pleasant Valley Rd
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Kenneth Mellon
  • Interment

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 |
    Monday, April 15th, 2019
    Trinity Ev. Lutheran Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Jackson, Wisconsin 53095
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    To follow Service
  • Reception

    Monday, April 15th, 2019 |
    Monday, April 15th, 2019
    Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church
    1268 Pleasant Valley Rd
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53095
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Connie Schmidt

Posted at 08:16pm
Janelle and boys- I just happen to be looking at the call list and saw that Rich passed away. I did not know that he was doing poorly. I truly enjoyed serving with you guys in Aberdeen and seeing you during summer softball the past few years. My sympathies and hugs. Connie (Lake) Schmidt

Karen von Glahn / Zagurski

Posted at 08:54am
I'm so sorry to hear this. Mr Brei was my teacher for many years at Good Shepherd. I have many memories of him. Hugs and prayers to the family during this time of great sorrow.

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Posted at 04:19pm
Janelle and Family, Our heartfelt sympathies to you all. Praying God will comfort you with His peace and your happy memories of Rich today and always.
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Erica Pepper

Posted at 11:39am
Janelle & family- Sending our deepest sympathy in the loss of Uncle Rich. Take comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering. May your fond memories get you through this difficult time. Hugs and prayers for all. Love, Josh & Erica (Sievers) Pepper and family

Randy Hebb

Posted at 10:07am
I have many many fond memories of my Uncle Rich. From an early age, I knew Uncle Rich as the fun guy who lived in Omaha Nebraska, just a couple hours from Norfolk where I grew up with my family. Uncle Rich loved the Cornhuskers, he drove a motorcycle and he loved hot dogs! In fact, before he got married, I’m pretty sure he only ate hot dogs and maybe an occasional Runza!

When he came to visit in Norfolk, my brother, sister and I always begged him to wear a scary mask and hide in our basement. We crept down the stairs and looked for him in the dark waiting to be scared half to death. Uncle Rich did this over and over, every time he came to Norfolk and we loved it!

Later Uncle Rich married my Aunt Janelle, one of the kindest, most loving woman I have ever known. For many years, our family went to Omaha for a long weekend stay in a hotel. Uncle Rich and Aunt Janelle would come visit and play countless hours with us in the swimming pool. Uncle Rich always made time to play with us kids and talk to us. I remember one summer Uncle Rich rode to Norfolk on his motorcycle. My Dad also had a motorcycle, so my brother and I, along with my Dad and Uncle Rich, rode to New Ulm, Minnesota. We met my Grandpa and went fishing. I got to ride with Uncle Rich and I remember how much fun it was being on the back of his motorcycle enjoying the open road.

I could go on and on about all the fond memories of my Uncle Rich. So many family events in Norfolk, Omaha and New Ulm that I recall from my childhood. Uncle Rich never complained, and he always had a smile on his face. The last time I saw Rich was at my Uncle Bill's 90th birthday party in New Ulm, MN. I have included a picture of him and Janelle at the party.

Uncle Rich was a Christian man who spent his life serving the Lord. He was a wonderful role model for an uncle, a brother, a husband and a father. He will be missed by all who knew him. I take great comfort in knowing his suffering is over and he now at peace in heaven.

Randy Hebb

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