September 17, 2014

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Kermit Williams Brey Print E-mail

Feb. 13, 1925-March 21, 2013

Born of Bertha Wilhelmina Nehring Brey and William Herman Brey on Friday, Feb.13, 1925, Kermit was the eldest of six sons, graduating from Berlin High School in 1943.

A World War II infantryman, he was wounded twice while fighting in France and Germany, earning the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was later stationed in Yokohama, Japan, as a Supervisory Administrator where he met and married Yuriko Koike (Lily Brey), an interpreter for the US Army, on Nov. 11, 1952. They raised four children in Poy Sippi on their 70-acre farm, where Kermit later worked and retired as a Veteran’s Administrator for Waushara County. Kermit also remained a veteran’s service officer for the American Legion for many years.

Kermit and Lily spent their winters in Foley, AL, where he passed away peacefully. We remember him in his patriotic words on his only bumper sticker, “No Veterans = No USA.”

He is survived by his wife: Lily; daughter and son-in-law: Sylvia Miller and Ron Miller, Spokane, WA; daughter: Patty Brey, Metairie, LA; son: Michael Brey, Poy Sippi; daughter and son-in-law: Ann and Ian Wilson, Golden, CO; four grandchildren: Rachel Miller, Ithica, NY; Heather, Isaac, and Owen Brey, Poy Sippi; brothers: Jim Brey, Grand Junction, CO; Eugene Brey, Fond du Lac; and Glen Brey, Green Bay.

Services will be held at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King on Friday, Aug 2. Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion.


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