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William "Bill" Howard Brennan

August 22, 1929 - October 27, 2017
From: Spencer, IA
William "Bill" Howard Brennan

William "Bill" Howard Brennan

Born: August 22, 1929
Died: October 27, 2017
Age: 88

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    William “Bill” Howard Brennan, the son of William Michael and Beulah (Lueken) Brennan, was born August 22, 1929 in Rural Ruthven, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in the Ruthven area, graduating from Ruthven High School.  After his schooling, he entered the military and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953.

     Bill married Shirley Dennis in June of 1951 and to this union three children were born; Patricia, Michelle and William.  Later they divorced. He lived in Ruthven, Arkansas, Alaska and Spencer. Bill was a salesman all of his life beginning at Storz and Hamm’s Distributing and later worked for Waddell & Reed Mutual Funds.  Bill worked for many years for Dick Hallett selling real estate and insurance until his retirement in 2015.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  Bill enjoyed watching his son and grandchildren play ball.  He also enjoyed meeting people and walking during his heart rehab.  Bill also enjoyed taking short trips with his longtime companion, Dee O’Conner.   Bill also worked at the Clay County Fair for 50 years from 1965 – 2015 earning a lifetime Golden Pass!  His last outing was to the 100th anniversary of the World’s Greatest County Fair.  Bill enjoyed meeting with his “coffee” group every day to solve the problems of the town.  He was a proud ambassador for Maker’s Mark and even has his own barrel aging in Kentucky.

     He passed away at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, Iowa on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the age of 88.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his longtime companion, Dee O’Conner; a sister, Kathleen Fredericks; a twin brother, Tom Brennan and an infant brother, Paul Brennan.

     Bill is survived by his children: Pat (Frank) Rottinghaus of Charles City, IA, Michelle (Tim) Nensel of Spencer, William “Billy” (Sue) Brennan of Spencer and Julie (John) Izard of Spencer, David (Karen) O’Connor of Half Moon Bay, CA; grandchildren: Anne Rottinghaus (Henry & Matilda), Libby (Rustin) Nelson (Emmett, Hattie & Felix), Michael (Jessica) Nensel (Katelyn, Brayden, Kendall), Daniel (Shelby) Nensel (Quinn & Neil), Melissa (Brent) Pyle (expected great grandson), Kelly Izard and Carly Izard, Chrissy (Kenny) Roberts, Jackie O’Connor, Fran O’Connor, Dan O’Connor; three sisters: Mary Jean Gibson, Dorthea Rosacker, & Margie Ann (George) Ten Eyk; brother-in-law, Lee Fredericks; sister-in-law, Janice Brennan; many other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.

Father William Schreiber
Michael Nensel
Daniel Nensel
Brent Pyle
Rustin Nelson
Dan O'Connor

"The Guys From The Joint"
Visitation will begin 5:30 P.M., Monday with the family present from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M., Monday at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

A Vigil Service will be held at 5:30 P.M., Monday also at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.

Military Services will be conducted by American Legion Post #1 and VFW Clay County Post #3159 both of Spencer immediately following the funeral services at the church.

"Be Not Afraid"
"Shepherd Me, O God"
"We Remember"
"O Loving God"
"Irish Blessing"
By Frank Rottinghaus & Libby Nelson

Organist - Marianne Fuchsen

Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

A lunch and time of fellowship will follow the graveside services at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer


Friday, November 3, 2017 at 8:49 AM
“Billy, So sorry for your loss. Hold your memories close to your heart.”
- Dawn Fitzgerald Ressler
Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 8:08 AM
“Dear Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Bills passing.
I can remember way back when he worked for Hamms beer with one of my friends dad.
Lots of memories later with Bill and Dee.
Know you are all in our thoughts and prayers..
- Jackie and Roger Mann
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:53 AM
“Dear Patty, Michele, Billy and family, we were so sorry to hear about Bill. Oh, what terrific memories were brought back to us. He was a very special guy and always made us laugh. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Denny and Kaye Price”
- Dennis and Kaye Price
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 4:26 PM
“Pat, I am sorry I heard your message to late to be there today. Your Dad made a huge difference in my life which I will never forget. Love to all of you. Dan and Cherie McMahon
- Cherie McMahon
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 8:01 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill's passing. He was such a fun guy. To the last day I saw him, he always called me "Mennan". My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
- Marilyn Longman
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:06 PM
“My Sympathy”
- Diane Mozena
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM
“Your dad was a wonderful guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hopefully you will find some comfort in knowing that he is in the arms of our Lord in Heaven. ”
- Tracey Gaunt Gobert
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 3:10 PM
“We feel so blessed to have had so many great times with Uncle Bill and Aunt Dee. He was one of the good ones and will be very missed. ”
- Margie and Ken Mohler
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:25 PM
“Our sympathy. Bill and Colleen Hart Gerdeman”
- Colleen Hart Gerdeman
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:25 PM
“Billy and Sue, We are so very sorry for your loss!! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!! ”
- Jeannie and Dan Crouch
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:25 PM
“My deepest sympathies are for Bills family and friends
He was always one of my favorites .... loved it when he came into where I worked to chat !
He was a keeper and now he is the arms of the almighty keeper !
He will be missed by many !
My prayers are for all of you !
I will not be able to attend because we had a family member die too,
but please know I will be there in spirit and love !
- Rhonda Olson
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:36 PM
“Pat, you have my condolences on the passing of your father. Blessings to you and your family.”
- Gene Hall
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 9:06 AM
“Brennan Family, So sorry to hear about your Dad.”
- Jim and Pat Hynes
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4:42 PM
“Billie, Sue and your family. So sorry to hear about Bill, I have known him and been friends with him "forever" . He will be missed by many of us. We will be out of town next week but we will be thinking of all of you. Our prayers are with you.”
- Shirley Nielsen & Paul Gillman
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2:39 PM
“Dr. Nensel & Family,
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort!
-Your Omni Dental Family”
- John Lynch
Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:24 AM
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