Funeral services celebrating the life of Carl F. Brechler, 82, of Princeton, IA will be 10am Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation will be 9-10am Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ridgecrest Village Memory Care Unit NuStep Fund or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Carl was born January 16, 1936 in Iowa City, IA a son John and Doris (Fiet) Brechler. He was united in marriage to Pauline Henkes on October 1, 1955 in McGregor, IA. She preceded him in death on June 16, 2018.
He graduated from Pillsbury Bible College in 1961. Carl served in the United States Air Force from 1954-1970 when he retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. He continued to serve in the United State Army Reserves and the Iowa National Guard until 1985. In 1998, he retired from John Deere after 24 years of service. Carl was very active in various church outreach programs, including the prison ministry and Awana programs at Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport. He was lovingly referred to as our “Gruffy”.
Carl passed away Sunday September 2, 2018 at Ridgecrest Village, Oakwood Place Memory Care Unit.
Survivors include, daughter Janine (Roger) Johnson, Princeton, IA; son Craig (Marcella) Brechler, Glendale, AZ; grandchildren Jen (Tim) McCracken, Princeton, IA; Jessica (Tyler) Whittier, Phoenix, AZ; Roger M. (Angela) Johnson, Rock Island, IL; Phillipe (Lautis) Vincent, Port Au Prince, Haiti; Nathen Johnson, Davenport, IA; Ellen and Evelyn Brechler, Glendale, AZ; great-grandchildren Samantha and Holly Johnson, Camryn and Haylee McCracken, and Wynn Whittier; and brother Larry Breckler, Milwaukee, WI. Carl is also survived by many other relatives including sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, many longtime friends in the Quad City area and around the country, and a very special group of loving caregivers at Ridgecrest Village Oakwood Place Memory Care Unit.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, sister Kelly Ernst and granddaughter Hannah Brechler.
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