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Donald Paul Breuer

July 14, 2019
Estherville News

Donald Paul Breuer, third son of Patrick and Dorothea Breuer (late of Estherville), was born in Sheldon, Iowa October 26th 1957 and passed away in Biloxi, Mississippi July 3rd, 2019. The family moved to Estherville in 1959 where Don was raised and schooled. Don was gifted both artistically and mechanically, and growing up he was usually found tinkering with motors or mechanical things, making improvements and putting his special touch on them. The product of his labor was usually useful, and it was always entertaining.

As a rebellious teen, he liked to drive fast and wasn't always careful about going around stuff, so he got pretty good at auto repair over the years. After graduation from Estherville High School in 1976, he worked various jobs far and wide-and usually way up in the air-before putting his mechanical gifts to productive use as a professional pipe-fitter. In that capacity he spent many years working at power plants, oil rigs and multiple shipyards up and down the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, ultimately ending up working at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS.

A lifetime of hard labor like that takes its toll on a man's body, and Don ended up taking an early retirement, and coming to rest in Biloxi, MS, where his final years were spent doing ONLY the things he loved most. Tinkering and pondering.

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From an early age he was his own man, was most disdainful of bullies and tyrants (bosses), made his own rules, and marched to his own rocking beat. And the beat goes on.

Family members left behind to try to keep the beat, and tell many a yarn about the man, are brothers Dave, Dean, Dale, Duane, Darold and Dan. But the sisters usually tell it better, if not cleaner. They are Julie Clark, Mary Adams, Sally Miller and Laurie Olson.

Don was preceded in death by his mother and father, and nephew Jacob Adams. By the time the rest of the family is reunited with Don and them you can bet those pearly gates will be well lubed and greatly improved by the modifications made by brother Don.with parts he had on him.

A private service will be held with immediate family. Henry-Olson Funeral Home of Estherville is assisting with arrangements. Memorials may be sent to Avera Holy Family Foundation.

 
 
 

 

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