STRATTON -- John W. "Bill" Brennan, 58, died Sunday (May 14, 2006), at Community Hospital in McCook.
He was born Feb. 16, 1948, at Fort Dodge, Iowa, to John E. and Anna Mae (Randall) Brennan and moved with his family to Stratton at an early age. He was a member of the graduating class of Stratton High School in 1966 and went on to receive his Associates Degree from McCook Junior College.
On April 1, 1969, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served his country at home and abroad in Vietnam. He was a Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot, and received the Bronze Star before receiving his honorable discharge in 1975.
He married Cheryl L. Higley on Dec. 6, 1969, at Mineral Wells, Texas.
After returning home, Bill worked for Miller Manufacturing until the plant closed in 1981, and then for a short time at Miller Weeder Co. He was employed for a short time by Murfin Drilling as a truck driver before he began working at Country Gas where he delivered agri fuels and propane to area residents. He later worked as a ranch hand for Lyndell Whipps for several years before being employed by Timber Creek Homes.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Anna Mae Brennan, and one brother, Joe.
Survivors include his wife of more than 36 years, Cheryl Brennan; son, John G. "Greg" Brennan; and father John E. Brennan, all of Stratton; brothers, Bob Brennan, also of Stratton, Buck Brennan of Cheyenne, Wyo., Paul Brennan of Grand Junction, Colo., Jake Brennan of Culbertson, Frank Brennan of Medicine Bow, Wyo., Kenny Brennan, of Stratton; sisters, Carol Hanes of Trenton, and Mary Brennan of McCook; father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Lucille Higley of Stratton; sister-in-law, Marge Shepherd of Lincoln; brothers-in-law, Dick Higley and wife, Janet of Grand Junction, Colo., Don Higley of Reading Berkshire, United Kingdom, and Jim Higley of San Diego, Calif.; and two grandsons.
A vigil for the deceased and rosary was Tuesday, 7:30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Sean Redmond officiating. A private family memorial mass and inurnment with military honors will be held at a later date.
There will be no viewing or visitation.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Stratton.