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Brenneman, Carl C.

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January 15, 1934 - October 26, 2014

Brenneman, Carl C.

Carl C. Brenneman

January 15, 1934 – October 26, 2014

Carl C. Brenneman, age 80, passed October 26, 2014.

Survived by his wife Bonnie; Son & Daughter-in-Law Paul & Catherine Brenneman & grandsons Jeremy and Colin Brenneman; Daughter and Son-in-Law Betty & John Murray; Brother Barry Brenneman of North Carolina; Sister Mary Harington of North Carolina; Cousin Fred Gentzler and his wife Veleta of Dallas and many neices and nephews.

Born in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania on January 15, 1934 to Harry and Sadie Brenneman.  He graduated from Tredyffrin Conestoga High School in 1951. Carl went on to work for the Pennsylvania railroad in 1952 until enlisting in the U. S. Air Force in March, 1954. He attained the rank of Staff Sergent as a Radio Interceptor Officer, a U.S. radar specialist intercepting Cold War communication.  He served tours of duty in Tripoli, Libya and Ankara, Turkey where he had the great fortune to meet his future bride Bonnie.  During his tour of duty he pursued his love of motorcycle racing through the deserts of Libya and Turkey.

In 1957 he returned from overseas and married Bonnie Neeman on June 1, 1958.  Carl enrolled at The University of Nebraska’s College of Engineering, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1962. He was hired as an engineer with Western Union in Los Angeles that same year while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Accounting at UCLA.  In 1964 Carl was sent to Phoenix, Arizona by Western Union to serve as Communications Specialist on Barry Goldwater’s campaign for President. As a loyal and devoted employee of Western Union, he held numerous communications positions in Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Omaha, Nebraska; Honolulu, Hawaii; Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Dallas, Texas where he retired in 1989.

In his youth, Carl was active in the Civil Air Patrol and Boy Scouts. In 1950, he was given the honor of being selected as a  member of a special Boy Scout envoy to meet then President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower. His devotion to Scouting continued as he went on to attend the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

As a young adult he sang in a Barbershop Quartet competitions in California, Hawaii and New Jersey.  During his years in retirement Carl remained busy. He was active in the the Dolphin R.V. Club, the Arlington Good Sam’s Club and Western Union Retiree KIT Club as well as a participating member of American Legion. He loved fishing, camping, water skiing and building dune buggies at his lake house with his family and later traveling extensively throughout the United States in his RV.

Carl truly loved and cherished his family, friends and neighbors and was always willing to help those in need.  He was an inspiration to all who knew him; always ready with a smile and a joke.  He will be missed by all.

Committal Service with military honors will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, November 7th at 1:00pm.

The address is 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211.

Donations may be made in his name to The Wounded Warriors Project.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252


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Karen Robinson

November 04, 2014 12:45PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Carl was a great guy and will definitely be missed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Karen & Frank

Dean Schober

November 02, 2014 9:40PM

Bonnie & family, we were so sorry to learn of your loss. Carl was a wonderful person to know & he will be so missed by us all. God bless you & your dear family during these difficult days.

J. Bruce Richards

November 02, 2014 8:18AM

Carl was a great guy and fellow employee at Western Union. We will miss him dearly.

Bruce & Julie

Leah Palm

October 30, 2014 4:07PM

I have enjoyed many years of emailing with Carl and will miss him dearly..

weldon segars

October 30, 2014 3:44PM

A great guy--interesting to talk to. We will miss him in our R.V. camping club. Our prayers to Bonnie and family.