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Richard D. Brenneman

Richard Diamond Brenneman, 89, died of natural causes Sunday, May 12, 2002, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He was born Nov. 30, 1912, in Buffalo, N.Y., son of Charles Melchor and Ollie Diamond Brenneman. In 1995, Richard was preceded in death b y Garnet, his beloved wife of 56 years.

At the age of 8, along with his parents and brother Charles, he moved to the family apple farm at Brownsdale, near New Cumberland, W.Va. The farm was to become his most treasured place on earth. His father died when he was 14. Richard was forced to assume responsibilities beyond his years and developed a deep appreciation of hard work and strong moral values. Honesty, compassion and an enduring desire for knowledge characterized his life.

Enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1944, he served as a radar technician aboard the USS Roulette in the Pacific Theatre. He was honorably discharged in 1946 at the conclusion of WWII.

He attended the old one room Elwood School in Hancock County, Wells High School in Newell and graduated from Upper Darby High School near Philadelphia, Pa. Richard studied electronics in the U.S. Navy and later completed correspondence courses in electronics and obtained his teaching certificate through classes at the University of Pittsburgh, Marshall University, and Fairmont State College.

Richard taught electronics technology for seven years at Weir High School. Prior to that, he was employed for 31 years at Weirton Steel Corp., working first in Quality Control and later in the Electronics Department.

As an active member of the Newell Lions Club, he was awarded a life membership in the International Association of Lions Clubs. He was active in 4-H programs, including leading nature walks, helping to establish Camp Aura, and working with the All-Stars. Richard was a member of the Weirton Steel 25-year Club. He was also active with the Hancock County Retired School Employees and the Hancock County Senior Citizens. Richard was a member of Nessly Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn B. Keech, of Morgantown; son and daughter-in-law, Richard C. and Diane Brenneman, of Plainfield, Ill.; and son John W. Brenneman, of New Cumberland; sister-in-law Helen P. Brenneman of Belleair, Fla.; grandchildren, David and wife, Mary Keech, of Kingwood, Randy Keech, of Pittsburgh, Pamela and husband, Tim Troje, of Rosemont, Minn., Wendy Brenneman and Barbara Brenneman, of Eagan, Minn.; great-granddaughters Madelynn Engel and Lauren Keech; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Richard in death, in addition to his wife and parents, were brother, Charles M. Brenneman; and son-in-law, Thomas W. Keech, Jr.

At his request, Richard's body was donated to the Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. A memorial service honoring Richard's life will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2002, at Nessly Chapel United Methodist Church in New Cumberland, W.Va.

Memorial donations may be made to the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, c/o WVU Foundation, One Waterfront Place, 7th Floor, PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507. "In memory of Richard D. Brenneman for the BRNI," should be included on the memo line of your gifts.

A Fellow Lion Rest in Peace