John A. Brenner

John A. Brenner

MOUNT WOLF – John A. Brenner, 76, of Mt. Wolf, PA entered his heavenly home July 26, 2019. John was born in Sydney, NY, May 23, 1943 to the late Doris E. Brenner (Latham) and Clair Brenner.

Together, John and his beloved wife Sandra M. (Aughenbaugh) of 52 years raised three children; John S. Brenner of York (Adrienne), Jane M. Conrad of Mt. Wolf (Daniel), and Jeffrey R. Brenner of Woodbury Heights, NJ (Kristine). Proud of his 6 grandchildren; Matthew J. Schaeffer, Katelyn M. Schaeffer, Samuel J. Brenner, Alexandra M. Brenner, Tipton H. Brenner, Annabelle R. Brenner and his 3 step grandchildren; Ashlee E. Conrad, Bryan F. Conrad, Collin J. Conrad. Preceded in death by sister Mary Brenner, John is also survived by brother Richard Brenner of York (Janet), sister Sally Senft (Brenner) of York (Edwin), brother Robert Brenner of Wellsville (Mary), brother Thomas Brenner of Manchester (Sue) and sister Betsy Swartz (Brenner) of York (Byron) in addition to a large and loving extended family.

John became a volunteer firefighter with Eagle Fire Company No. 1, Mt. Wolf, at the age of 16. He was the elected secretary.

John served in the Army during the Vietnam War in 1966 and returned home to actively serve in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2493, Mt. Wolf, for the rest of his life. During his service in country he was a U.S. Army radio teletype operator. He received the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He served as Post 2493 Commander, District 21 Commander and State VFW “All-American” Commander. His commitment to veterans included service as the President of the Pennsylvania Veterans War Council and Chairman of the State Veterans Commission. In 2000 he was honored as the York County Veteran Meritorious Service Award recipient.

He was elected to Mt. Wolf Borough Council for 10 years, 2 of which as Council President. He was the elected Judge of Elections in Mt. Wolf Borough for 22 years. President of St. John Lutheran Church Council and an active member of the senior choir for over 50 years. He was active in the Northeastern and Pennsylvania Jaycees; U.S. Jaycees Ambassador and JCI Senator. He received the Lester Wise Memorial Award for distinguished community service. He volunteered as a cubmaster, youth sports coach, and umpire for decades. John graduated in 1961 from Northeastern High School in Manchester.

John retired from Pennsylvania Power & Light Company after 32 years as an electrician. He was a member of the Zeredatha Lodge #451.

Viewings will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church, 28 North Third Street, Mount Wolf, and Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the church. His service will begin at 11:00 AM Wednesday at the church. Officiating at the service will be his pastor The Reverend Jason Northridge. Burial will be in Manchester Union Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Diehl Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Mount Wolf.

As a community servant, he asked that those willing could offer support to the St. John Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or the Manchester Union Cemetery Veterans Memorial Project at P.O. Box 718, Mount Wolf, PA 17347. Kindly designate to which Memorial fund you are making your donation.

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7 thoughts on “John A. Brenner

  1. John, thank you for sharing your wisdom and I will miss our discussions on VFW issues. Thank you for your service to our veterans and our Country. Sandy and me send our sympathies to the entire family.

  2. John,
    Sorry I am not able to say goodbye. All the advice and wisdom you have given me throughout my journey within the VFW will not be forgotten. As a young Post Commander, District Commander, in the years to follow when it’s my turn to serve at the Department level, you without a doubt you will be there by my side your guidance will assure me that I will do all I can to remember by serving the living. REST EASY MY FRIEND.

  3. My sympathies Sally and toJohn’s family.
    I remember John as a kind and gentle man. My thanks to him for his service and for all the work he continued to help our veterans. Carol Worthley, Maine

  4. Sandy and family, we are so sorry for your loss. John will be missed by so many people. He was a mentor and an inspiration to all of us especially those who knew him in the VFW. Jeff will be attending his viewing but unfortunately I am out of town for work. RIP John we love you and will miss you!
    Jeff and Barb Loncar

  5. To one of the humblest, selfless, kindest, and most loving servants, rest easy. May you watch over your loved ones, living in their hearts, and guiding them through this journey called life. Thank you for living your life of service, so that others may be able to enjoy the freedoms of this nation. Your legacy lives in through so many people. Until we meet again…

  6. Our hearfelt condolences go out the Brenner and Aughenbaugh family. John was a true pilar of the community teaching us all how to make the world a better place to live one step at a time. Big hug to the entire family.

  7. John, thanks for being a good and faithful servant to our Lord, for your service to our nation and the VFW, and for your friendship.

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