The Rev. William R. Brege, 68, of Fort Wayne, Indiana passed away Sunday evening, June 24, 2018, at his home.
Bill was born in Portage, Wisconsin, October 21, 1949, to the late Robert E. and Edna M. (Moeller) Brege. He married Ruth Anne Kasewurm in Stevensville April 6, 1969. She preceded him in death October 10, 2017.
Bill graduated from St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph in 1967 and later received his associate degree. He was a journeyman carpenter for several years, along with owning and operating Brege Construction Company. He also served many years as the president of the Southwestern Michigan Homebuilders Association. In 1981 Bill enrolled into the Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne. After graduating in 1985, he served as the director of admissions at the seminary for three years until he was called to serve as the pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Ossian, Indiana, where he served for 27 years until his retirement.
Bill was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the Confessional Lutheran Education Foundation (C.L.E.F.), Lutheran Heritage Foundation, and was very active with the Russian, Siberian and Ghana mission projects. In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking, golfing and cooking.
Survivors include three sons, Todd (Carla) Brege of Bluffton, and Timothy (Katie) Brege and David (Natalie) Brege, both of Ft. Wayne; a daughter, Dawn (Joel) Yoquelet of Ft. Wayne; and 10 grandchildren, Garrison, Isaiah, Fielder, Madison, Preston, William, Henry, Hallie, Wellesley and Marlee.
He is also survived by three sisters, Rosemary (Norman) Schmooke of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kathleen (Mark) Buckert of Atlanta, Georgia and Elaine (Fred) Kenny of Muskegon; and three brothers, Daniel (Lynn) Brege of Decatur, James (Sherry) Brege of Atlanta and Thomas (Barbara) Brege of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Visitation will be Friday, June 29, from 4 until 8 p.m., at Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, 3220 East State Road 124, Bluffton, Indiana. Services will be held Saturday, June 30, at 11 a.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 6514 East 750 North, Ossian, Indiana with one hour of visitation prior to the service at the church. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill and the Rev. Randall Wurschmidt will officiate. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the C.L.E.F., Concordia Theological Seminary for Siberian Lutheran Missions, or Worship Anew – Lutheran Ministries Media.
Online condolences may be made at www.goodwincaleharnish.com.