Rock Brehmer was Hoven farmer
Rock Brehmer, 56, of Hoven, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven.
Interment will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Lien Funeral Home of Bowdle.
A wake service will be held at St. Anthony’s Church on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. with visitation starting at 5 p.m.
Rock Ray Brehmer, second child and first-born son of Marlyn Rae (Gaden) and Donovan Brehmer, was born at Holy Infant Hospital in Hoven on Jan. 6, 1957. He lived his entire life as a Hoven resident and community member. He grew up on the farm homesteaded by his great-grandfather, August Brehmer, three miles northeast of Hoven.
Rock attended St. Anthony’s Parochial School and graduated from Hoven High School in 1975. While in school, he enjoyed playing the trumpet in band, participating in FFA and was active in various sports.
While growing up he was exposed to the traditions of his family farming business and took up sportsman hobbies, which he would continue to practice throughout his life, including hunting and fishing.
Following high school graduation, Rock made his home on the old Kleinemas farm, just one mile north of the Brehmer homestead, and established his life’s work as a farmer. Rock partnered in the family farms with his father and grandfather, Ray Gaden.
In 1976, Rock married Marie Simon. In 1984, the couple was named godparents to their niece, Chelsea Rae.
Rock’s life from the 1970s to the 2000s consisted primarily of farming and social activities with his friends and family. For several years, Rock traveled with friends to Colorado on elk hunting expeditions and to visit siblings. Rock was a valiant uncle, particularly to his niece, Chelsea. He shared his love of rock and roll music and inherent understanding of nature. He possessed a sincere love of the land, enabling him to appreciate the many nuances of farming. Rock was a kindhearted Hoven resident who would always lend his hand or give whatever he could to support his friends, family and fellow community members.
In 2003, Rock returned to the Brehmer homestead and oversaw the Brehmer farm.
Rock was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Rock is survived by his sister, Pennie (Gerard) Nalezny of Fort Collins, Colo.; brother, Bill (Michelle) Brehmer of Dallas, Texas; brother, Dana Brehmer of Littleton, Colo.; niece, Chelsea Rae Clark of Denver, Colo.; and nephew Keaton Nalezny of Fort Collins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Gertrude Brehmer; grandparents, Ray and Clare Gaden; mother, Marlyn Rae on Aug. 17, 2001; father, Donovan Frank on April 19, 2003; and one brother, Guy Donovan on May 30, 2005.