Dean Alfred Brege, 68, of Rufus, Oregon, passed away at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon October 17, 2016. He was born in Alpena August 10, 1948 to Alfred and Effie (Pat) Brege. Dean attended St. Michael Lutheran School, and was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Belknap. Dean graduated from Rogers City High School in 1966. After serving in the U.S. Army in 1972 and 1973, he graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in fisheries biology. He moved to Rufus in 1976 to work for the National Marine Fisheries Service and met his future wife Linda Byrd.
Linda Marie Brege, 69, passed away at their Oregon home, from cancer October 5, 2016. Linda earned her master’s degree in education from Western Oregon State College and taught school in Portland, at a military base in Europe, and in Sherman County, Oregon, where she was also a track and volleyball coach.
Dean and Linda (Byrd) Brege were married in 1978. They both volunteered for the Rufus Fire and Ambulance. Dean also served on the Rufus City Council, school boards, and numerous civic committees, attended Faith Lutheran Church in The Dalles, Oregon, and taught Oregon Hunters Education for 39 years. Dean and Linda both enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, but most of all, enjoyed special times with family and friends.
Dean is survived by two daughters, Heidi (Alfonso) Allen of Rufus and Nichole (Ed) Banttari of Hawks; four grandchildren, Lotus, Ina, Eli and Ivan; two sisters, Dianne (Roger) Schalk of Hawks and Karen (Randy) Kreft of Rogers City; two brothers, Dorance (Donna) of Marquette and Dale (Mimi) of Grangeville, Idaho; sister-in-law, Sarah Brege of Rogers City; and 19 nieces and nephews.
Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; parents, Alfred and Pat Brege; and brothers, Donald (“Doc”) and Danny.
A celebration of life was held November 19, 2016 in Rufus.
Another celebration of life is being planned for this coming summer in Hawks. Any memorials can be sent to St. Michael Lutheran Church in Belknap.