A funeral mass for John F. Brennan of Emmetsburg is at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 17, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.
Burial is in St. John's Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.
John Francis Brennan was born on Nov. 7, 1943, in Emmetsburg, the son of Adrian and Margaret (Noonan) Brennan. He attended Emmetsburg Catholic High School in Emmetsburg and later Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg.
John served our country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army.
On Nov. 9, 1968, John was united in marriage to Sally Bibow at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake.
John worked at Anderson's Lumber yard after the Army, and he later purchased the Model Cleaners in Emmetsburg. After John sold the cleaners, he worked construction in Emmetsburg over the next several years. He became the Director of Energy for Upper Des Moines Opportunity for 18 years.
John was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and VFW Post #2295.
John enjoyed playing baseball and later, officiating. He also enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing, especially watching nature. John loved playing with his eight grandchildren and going with them to their family cabin.
On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, John passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
Left to cherish his memory and continue his kindness are his wife, Sally of Emmetsburg; four children: Kevin (Rachel) of Prior Lake, MN, Brian (Alison) of Iowa Falls, Steve (Laura) of Sioux Falls, SD, and Adrian (Alecia) of Emmetsburg; eight grandchildren: Caleb, Sean, Finn, Hannah, Rose, Ryan, Mitch, and Morgan; four sisters, Margaret Sikora (Kenneth) of Cylinder, Mary Devries (John) of George, Jeanie Brennan and Kathy Brennan of Sioux Falls, SD; two brothers, Jim (Jo) of Jackson MN, and Bill (Becky) of Sioux Falls SD, as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Pat.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Emmetsburg Catholic School.
Online condolences: www.joycefuneralhomes.com