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RICHARD “DICK” BRECHT

39C-obit-Brecht-bwRichard “Dick” Jackson Brecht, age 77 of Greenville, Michigan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 7, 2015. He was born December 14, 1938 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Roma and Hazel Brecht. The family moved to Elmhurst early in Dick’s life. He graduated in 1938 from York High School and Southern Illinois University a few years later, with an Associates Degree in Mechanics. In 1961, Dick and his wife, Judi, were married after a lifetime of living across the street from each other. Dick was immediately drafted and served as a peacetime veteran in Thailand. The majority of his lifelong interests were related to cars and mechanics – mainly his love of his 1967 Dodge Charger. His occupational trade was as a welder and his talent and commitment to perfection were well respected within his industry. His welding and mechanical gifts were implemented in both his work, and his involvement with the local marching band and drum and bugle corp activities. Richard and Judi spent many years as member of the GWRRA where Richard often served in the capacity of Lead Tail Gunner on the annual charity event called the “Midnight Ride.” Sadly, the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis and dementia brought those activities to an early close. Richard will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Judi, and their four children; Traci (David) Overeem of Sparta, Michigan, Brian (Heidi) Brecht, of North Carolina, Wendi (Jeff) Philley, of Greenville, Michigan, Kelli Brecht of San Diego, California, and his grandchildren; Jennifer, Emily, Moira, Olivia, Simone, Mitchell, Samantha, and Elizabeth; his brother, Dale Brecht (Penny), of Carol Stream, Illinois, and his brothers-in-law, Ray (Alice) Hughes and Michael Hughes, of Cross Village, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roma E. Brecht and Hazel E. Brecht. A Memorial Service will be held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 908 W. Oak St, Greenville, Michigan on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm, with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be given to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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