In Memory of

Walter L. Brenner

April 10, 1924 - February 14, 2015
Walter Leo Brenner was born April 10, 1924 at Mapleton, Iowa, the son of Louis and Clara (Matt) Brenner. He grew up and was educated in the area. He served in the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant during WWII. He married Patricia Heller, and settled on a farm just north of Cherokee, Iowa at the intersection of state highways 59 and 3, across from the big water tower. Walt was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for many years, and was a past member of Knights of Columbus. He worked for many years as the Advertising Manager for the Cherokee Daily Times. Following that endeavor, he started his own company, Appreciated Advertising, and sold a wide gamut of specialty advertising items. Always an adventurous soul, Walt enjoyed snowmobiling, canoeing, camping and traveling to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and the Black Hills of South Dakota. After retiring, he would often pull his family trailer and boat to the Iowa Great Lakes where he spent much of the summer. After retiring, whether he was in Iowa or Arizona, where he lived part-time for many years, he was always up for a good round of golf. He was an avid fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Throughout his life, Walter loved to draw pictures of cartoon faces on any paper available, such as napkins. There are restaurants between Iowa and Arizona that still have his images hanging on their walls--his work was that good. One oddity about Walt is that on the farm in Cherokee, he always had a German Sheppard named Rusty. There were 3-4 dogs named Rusty over the years. He will always be remembered by one thing in particular--he was a GOOD MAN. Walt passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Cherokee--less than a half mile from his former farmplace. He was 90. Preceding him in death were his parents, wife Patricia, sons Teddy and Philip, siblings Linus, Maurice, Dorothy and Paul, and a good friend, Marie Clark of Quimby. Left to cherish his memory is middle son Patrick and his wife Patty of Tempe, Arizona.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 17th at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther will officiate
Bill Gordon Bill Jentz Hank Hayes
There will be no visitation prior to the service.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee


Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So very sorry about your father's passing. He was so kind, thoughtful and funny. Will not forget him, rest in peace...”
- Kris File
Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“I was so saddened to hear about Walt. Many, many years of good times we shared at The Gasthaus. Walt, Ed & Bill were Happy Hour staples! Lots of memories!!!”
Monday, February 16, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for the lost of your Dad, Pat. He was a great guy and neighbor. He always came to our neighborhood picnics.Our thoughts are with you at this time.”
- Kim and Kenny Barrett
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Ruth and I were to hear of Walts passing. Your family have been great friends since I started working at the Daily Times back in 1971. We have had many great times together. Walt was ageat thinker who put his thoughts to work.”
- Hank Hayes
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Pat and Patty,
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss. I saw your Dad most every time I came home to visit my Dad at the Gardens. May you be comforted by all of the memories of your times together with your Dad. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 12:00 AM
“Phil and I were classmates thru 9th grade at IC. Every time I drive by your farm, I always say 'and that's where Phil and his family lived.' May you richly treasure Walt's earthly lifetime and know he is now living his eternal life....richly and fully with all the saints who have gone before him. Blessings, Barb (Clark) Johnson”
- Barb J Johnson
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