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Obituary for Warren Bretthauer
Warren H. Bretthauer Ute, IA - Warren H. Bretthauer, 83, of Ute, Iowa passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012, at Burgess Care Center in Onawa, Iowa. Services will be Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute with Pastor Marcus Manley officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Cemetery at Ute with military graveside honors provided by the Ute V.F.W. Post #5605 and the American Legion Aaby Post #442 also of Ute. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 4 at the church from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Armstrong Funeral Home of Ute is in charge of the arrangements. Warren Henry Bretthauer, our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, born August 2, 1929, in Ute, Iowa, was called to heaven December 2, 2012, at the age of 83 to be with our Lord. Warren, the son of John and Marie (Neddermeyer) Bretthauer, was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute. He grew up in Ute, first attending country school, then the Lutheran parochial school, and graduating from Ute High School in 1948. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for four years. After his honorable discharge, Warren worked for IPS as an electrician. It was during this time, that Warren began dating Marilyn Schelm. They were married December 13, 1953, and were married almost 55 years when she passed away on December 7, 2008. Warren attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and worked for Gibson TV and Appliance in Sioux City for approximately four years. Then the family moved back to Ute where Warren started Warren's TV and Appliance, a business he owned and operated for over 50 years and is currently managed by his son, Mark. Warren had a strong work ethic, often being called away from his family on nights and holidays, performing many charitable jobs. It was not unusual for the kids to come home and find the brand new TV they had in the morning gone to a customer in need, or the working knobs on their appliances mysteriously missing. With the skills he gained over the years, Warren could literally fix anything!ξ He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of the Ute VFW Post #5605, and the American Legion Aaby Post #442 of Ute, serving as Commander more than once. He was also a member of the Ute Community Club.ξ ξξ ξ ξ Warren served in the Korean War as an Electricians Mate First Class and as a throttle man on a submarine tender. He was so very proud of serving his Country and would share many stories with family.ξ Warren was a perpetual prankster and enjoyed playing cards, dancing with his kids, and attending the kids sporting events. He truly loved his family!ξ He loved giving all the grandchildren rides on the lawnmower.ξ Family members left to cherish his memory include one son, Mark Bretthauer and his wife, Sue, of Ute; four daughters, Jill Henderson of Omaha, Nebraska, Beth Ewoldt and her husband, Jim, of Ute, Jina Sedlacek and her husband, Steve, of LaVista, Nebraska, and Jana Newell and her fiancee, Keith Schriner, of Adams, Nebraska; sixteen grandchildren, Brook Bretthauer-Shufflebarger, Megan Frehse, Alyse Bretthauer, Erin Strawn, Briana Meeves, Marcus Henderson, Nathan Henderson, Kailea Ewoldt, Ashley Ewoldt, Nick Sedlacek, Tyler Berge, Zachary Berge, Jordan Sedlacek, Jimmy Newell, Taylor Newell, and Logan Newell:ξ seven great grandchildren, Morgan, Lexi, Kaeden, Keegan, Kyson, Cody, and Brevan; family friend, Summer Erlandson of Ute; and two sisters, Donna Watke of Ute and Fern Ohl and her husband, Ferris, of Hinton, Iowa; and all other relatives and friends. Along with his wife, Warren was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Lori Bretthauer and a sister, Gloria Ashcraft. ξξ ξ ξ We love you and will miss you always! ξξ ξ