Mr. Roy William Brammeier of Nashville, IL departed this life at his residence in Nashville on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 3:16 A.M. after a sudden illness. He had attained the age of 88 years and 5 days.
Roy was born in Stone Church, IL on August 25, 1928 the son of William and Edna (nee Runge) Brammeier. He was united in marriage to Betty Weeke in the St. Paul Evangelical Church in Nashville on November 19, 1960 and she survives his passing.
Roy was a lifelong grain and dairy farmer. He was also a longtime dealer of Funk’s G Hybrids Seed Corn, and was honored to be featured in the company’s promotional film. Roy later became manager of the Pierron Farmer’s Elevator Co-Op and served 10 years. At retirement, he started an electrical wiring business. Mr. Brammeier was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s UCC in Stone Church. He served the church in numerous capacities including Sunday School Superintendent, Church Council, Brotherhood, Church Choir, Dartball team, and led the effort for the construction of the Sunday School Educational Building.
Roy was a member of the Okawville Community Club for many years, serving as President for eight of those years. He also served on the Okawville High School Board for 14 years; Board of Directors of the Old Exchange National Bank in Okawville for 44 years; and Okawville Farmer’s Elevator for 12 years, serving as President. He was active in the Okawville Lions for 27 years and was a recipient of the Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow. Roy also served on the Southwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, and served as a director and chairman of Washington County Senior Services. Other notable aspects of Roy’s life include serving in the United States Army from 1953 until 1955; he was the first Washington County Recipient of the FFA American Farmer Degree while in high school; and his never ending love of music which included many years of playing tuba with the Venedy Band. Roy considered all his community service to be a joy and privilege. “I like being around people and talking to them”.
Left to mourn his passing is his wife, Betty Brammeier of Nashville; three children, Eric Brammeier and wife Kim (Obermeier) of Stone Church, Dr. Neil Brammeier and wife Janine (Klingenberg) of Okawville, IL, and Kristi Miller and husband Jerry Jr. of Murphysboro, IL; four grandsons, Zachary and Jacob Brammeier and Kyle and Braden Miller; a sister, Dolores Matzenbacher and husband David of Okawville; numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Leona Joellenbeck and her husband Roland.
Funeral services were from the St. Peter United Church of Christ in Stone Church on Saturday, September 3 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Cherie Stolze officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Peter-Stone Church Building Fund, Okawville High School Music Patrons or to the Okawville Community Club and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.campagnafuneralhomes.com