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Earl Brege

Earl Brege

1926 - 2019

Earl John Brege age 93 of Belknap Township passed away October 11, 2019 at Orchard Manor.

He was born on March 24, 1926 in Belknap Township to John and Helen (Hardies) Brege.

Earl was a lifelong member of St. Michael Lutheran Church. Earl was drafted into the US Army and served in the territory of Alaska as a postal worker. He then returned to Belknap to do the thing he loved the most, farming. On July 21, 1962, he married the love of his life, Ilene Kortman, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hagensville. They enjoyed a loving 50-year marriage together. Earl was a member of the Farm Bureau for 60 years. He belonged to the Rogers City VFW Post 607, as well as a member of D.A.V. He enjoyed country and gospel music and loved to play his guitar
and harmonica. In addition to his music and his farming career, he had a productive garden and orchard every year and was an avid deer and turkey hunter on his farm. Earl was a storyteller and often began his conversations with “Let me tell you a story…” He and Ilene enjoyed traveling after his retirement, and took many enjoyable trips together over the years.

Earl is survived by one sister, Mildred Laurie of Brooksville, FL, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ilene; brother, Melvin Brege; and sisters, Grace Duquette and Lorene Reed.

Friends may visit at St. Michael Lutheran Church on Monday, October 14th, from 2 p.m. until time of his funeral at 3 p.m. with Pastor Paul Boerger officiating. The Rogers City VFW Post 607 will accord military honors following the service.

Interment will follow at St. Michael Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to St. Michael Lutheran Church or the St. Michael Cemetery Fund in memory of Earl Brege.

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