Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Death Notices

November 1, 2013

Reverend Richard Bremer

Reverend Richard A. Bremer, 58, of Stewardson, died at 9:24 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stewardson, with the Rev. Michael Mohr officiating. Burial will be in Stewardson Cemetery, Stewardson. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour before service time Saturday. Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Strasburg, is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity Lutheran School. Online condolences at www.howeandyockey.com.

Rev. Bremer was born on Oct. 24, 1955, in Columbia City, Ind., the son of Paul Martin Arnold and Isabelle Jane Wolfe Bremer. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in the Class of 1974, Concordia College in River Forest in 1979, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1983. He served Grace Lutheran Church, Malden, Mo., as a vicar during his seminary training (1981-82). The Rev. Bremer also served as pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Iuka, (1983-89); Zion Lutheran Church, New Holland, (1989-92); St. John’s Lutheran Church, Beardstown, (1992-2004); and for the last nine years, Trinity Lutheran Church, Stewardson. He dearly loved his church, the people and playing games with the kids. The Rev. Bremer was a member of the Trinity Church Choir. He served his church body, the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, as a delegate to the national convention and as a Circuit Counselor, as well as Zone Counselor for the LWML. He served the communities in which he lived in various roles, including being a member of the COWS community strategic planning group in Stewardson, serving as mentor in the DADZ program at the Effingham Family Life Center, and coaching basketball at St. John’s Lutheran School in Beardstown. He married Sharon Marie Hennig on Aug. 7, 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Jason Bremer and wife, Danielle of Lexington, Ky.; daughter, Caroline Beck and husband, Shawn of Arenzville; grandson, Bryson Paul Beck of Arenzville; mother, Jane Fuller of Warsaw, Ind.; brother, David Bremer of Columbia City, Ind.; and sisters, Judy Waldron and husband, Larry of Goshen, Ind., Mary Sexton and husband, Ralph of Columbia City, Ind., and Cathy Kirchaine and husband, Yulee of Hampton, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Bremer; and stepfather, Claude Fuller.

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