Paul Kenneth Brenneman
June 29, 1931 – June 8, 2019
Paul K. Brenneman, 87, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Paul Brenneman was born in Iowa City, Iowa the 7th of 9 children, to Christian and Ida Brenneman.
He was married to the love of his life, Carol, on May 25, 1951 and they remain together on this day.
Paul is preceded in death by 4 sisters and 3 brothers as well as his daughter Karen. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Carol, and 3 children, Diane (Dale) Hardy, Brian (Vicki) Brenneman, Don (Angie) Brenneman and by his brother Don Brenneman. He is also survived by a posse of grandkids, step grandkids, great grandchildren and other numerous friends and family.
Dad attended and graduated from Olivet Nazarene College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business. He spent a career in Financial Management mostly with RJR Foods and Del Monte Foods. His career took him and his family from Illinois, to New York, to Iowa, back to New York, to North Carolina, to California and finally retired to North Carolina in 1987 where he finally stayed.
Dad lived a life of service and his passion was teaching and serving in the church wherever he lived. He and Carol taught children’s Sunday School for 40+ years and impacted lives across the country. He will always be remembered for his love of God, his unshakeable faith and his love of people.
*The following is our tribute to a good and faithful servant: My dear, sweet dad completed his earthly journey early this morning and has gone to rest high on the mountain before he begins his everlasting adventure. My dad grew up on a little dirt farm in Iowa and said he learned to count when he was 4 when he had to pick and bundle radishes in groups of 10. That led to his lifelong interest in numbers and career in finance. He married my mom at 19 and put himself through college. Somewhere in there they had 3 really good kids and 1 (me) we are still trying to decide on. My dad was a sweet man, dedicated to serving his God. He loved his church, family, sports, finances and games in that order. He never knew a stranger. We had so many new people over after church when I was a kid I would wonder if we were running a bed and breakfast. He loved to laugh and always thought he was funny, even when we didn’t. I will never forget how often my friends would come over to see if we could come out to play and would ask if Mr. B could come and play too.
Yes, the grief is real today, but I take happiness and joy in knowing he is already fully restored and the twinkle is back in his eyes. These past few years have been hard, and I rejoice in him being made whole. He knew with absolute certainty he was going to be with his Holy Father when this life was completed. I know God’s face is shining upon you, Dad. Try not to tell too many corny jokes or get into a political discussion, he might give you back. Give Karen (my sister) a hug and a kiss, and I will see you on the other side someday. I love you Dad.
**A note from Pineville Church of the Nazarene: Paul and Carol Brenneman were faithful servants for Jesus many years at the Pineville Church of the Nazarene. They taught the 3rd - 4th grade Sunday School class at the church for decades. Hundreds of kids heard about God's love and the stories of the Bible from this amazing couple and many kids gave their hearts to the Lord due to their prayers and diligence.
In lieu of flowers, the Brenneman family has asked that you consider a monetary gift to the Children's Ministries at the Pineville Church to further the impact that Paul Brenneman had on the lives of children.
Checks may be made to the Pineville Church, with Children's Ministries in the memo.
Thank you and may God bless you.
Services will be held at Pineville Church of the Nazarene, 8614 Pineville Matthews Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226 on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 with visitation from 10 am - 1 pm, and funeral beginning at 1 pm. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn East Cemetery, 3700 Forest Lawn Dr., Matthews, NC 28104.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.
- Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019
- Graveside Service
Paul Kenneth Brenneman
June 18, 2019
Hi Carol, I saw your message on the Winsland Lane FB page - I am sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Paul was the nicest man and I always enjoyed seeing him on the street or if I was walking in the neighborhood and ran into him. Paul was always willing to chat and was really helped create a feeling of community for our street. I was so sad when I saw your 'for sale sign' a couple of years back, but know you all needed to move on. My thoughts are with you and your family. Paul was a lovely, gentle and kind soul.
Sarah Padgett, Winsland Lane neighbor
June 12, 2019
Paul was the primary reason that we started coming to Pineville Church of the Nazarene, the time he took to show us around the church and connected us so we could quickly plug into ministry at the church as we were looking for a church that we could work with children. As we quickly learned that was a passion of his so we were greeted by the right person. We had visited a couple churches in the area after moving across the country and had planned a few more to visit, but after spending time with Paul that day we knew where God wanted us. I am thankful God used Paul that day to speak to Hannah and I. One of the first areas we started helping in was Caravans and we started teaching 3-4th grade in that program so Hannah and I would exchange how each child was doing as we would work together to try to help each child learn since we were teaching the same kids that they had on Sunday morning. Paul and Carol had an impact on so many children, including my own. Our now adult daughter refuses to leave church each Sunday without making sure that they had a hug from her, so even if she isn't in service from helping with the children she quickly leaves to make sure she finds them to give them a hug to show how much she appreciated the investment Paul and Carol put into her. The amount of impact that Paul had on this earth I can't imagine the homecoming he received this week. He truly put his faith in God to work and was a faithful servant.