Sydnee Ann Brester

October 10, 2002November 21, 2021

Sydnee Ann Brester passed away in a plane crash Sunday, November 21, 2021 near Chadron, NE.

Sydnee was born October 10, 2002 to JR and Angie Brester. She was always known as the “Bonus Baby.” She loved life. Sydnee graduated from Gering High School in May of 2021. She was currently attending WNCC on a vocal scholarship. She was pursuing a degree in Human Services. She wanted to be a victims advocate. She was working at Yoshis and was a lifeguard for the Gering Pool in the summer. Her greatest joys in life were her many friends, boyfriend James, Justin, Brenden, Carlee, her fur babies Jager, Luna, all of her kitties at James’ house, and singing. Sydnee will be so greatly missed by all the lives she touched, not a day will go by without a thought of her.

Sydnee is survived by her parents JR and Angie, brothers Justin (Gering), Brenden/Maddie (Lincoln), sister Carlee (San Antonio), the love of her life James Bruner, Grandma Laura and Papa Lon Asselin, Great Grandma Audre Asselin, Aunts and Uncle Jill Asselin, Soni and Rick Smith, cousins Paije/Chris Winkler, Payton and Bri Mooney, Nikki and Chase Danielzuk, Derek and Katie Smith, a countless number of friends and great aunts and uncles. She is preceded in death by Grandparents Sonny and Colleen Brester and other relatives.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 27 at 2:00 pm at Grace Chapel in Scottsbluff, NE. Services will be livestreamed through Gering Memorial Chapel’s Facebook page. Memorial may be given to the family to be designated at a later date.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Brester family.


  • JR Brester, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Angie Brester, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Justin Brester, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brenden Brester, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Carlee Brester, Honorary Pallbearer
  • James Bruner, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Maddie Millay, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Celebration Of Life Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021



Sydnee Ann Brester

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Bob and Sally Smith

November 27, 2021

JR, Angie and family. We grew up in the same era, and were friends with your grand parents, Sonny and Coleen and became extended family when our nephew Rick Smith married your sister Soni.
We have lived in Colorado most of our adult lives and therefore never got to spend time getting to know you and your family but Soni always kept us informed over the years, so we always felt like we were all one big family and we were given updates by your grandparents when we saw them at car snows, stock car races etc.
Having said all of that, we never had the pleasure of meeting or knowing your family or of meeting or knowing Sydnee, yet the news of the tragic accident and of Sydnee’s passing was and is so painful and heartbreaking it is overwhelming. JR, we fully agree that it is not fair and it makes us all question our faith in god and religion.
There is nothing any of us as friends and relatives can say or do to ease your pain and heartbreak, but We do firmly believe that we will be reunited with our loved ones in eternity and need to cherish the memories of your beautiful, beautiful Sydnee and know that all of you will someday be together again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Sydnee now and always.
Bob and Sally Smith

Tracy Steele

November 26, 2021

Dearest Brester family,

I am so sorry for the loss of Sydnee. I have been lucky to watch all of the Brester kids grow up and was lucky enough to be a small part of their lives. Miss Sydnee I will always remember as a kind, and passionate student who didn't always trust that she was as talented as we could all see her as. Her passion for music and singing was inspiring and so fun to watch! Keep the memories close to your heart! Prayers of peace and comfort are continuing!

Tanya Berger

November 26, 2021

To all,
I am Laura's cousin, Tanya.
I am so saddened by this news. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

Love, Tanya, Zak, and Skye

Tiffany Geary

November 26, 2021

Brester family,

I am Caleb’s mom. Through several years of baseball I developed a respect for your family. My kids also grew up with the Bruners. Know that I am praying fiercely for your family. I pray God will remind me to do so often, even as the years go by.
Papa God, walk this precious family tenderly through their grief and hold them as never before. Thank You that You can handle their whys and all of the emotions. Be their Hope. Be their Help. Be their Healer. Be their Comforter through whispers to their hearts, as well as through family and friends. Thank You that You promise to bear this burden for them and to never leave them. In the Name of Jesus, amen.

Nancy Steidley

November 26, 2021

JR & family, I am so terribly sorry for your tragic loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Tony & Nancy (Landers) Steidley

Mindy Petersen

November 25, 2021

We are saddened to here of this great loss of your daughter. We are praying for your family at this great time of sadness.

The Petersen's
Bryan & Mindy
Henry, NE

scott rohrbouck

November 25, 2021

I'm so sad and sorry to hear of your loss. I never met her but I know you and JR and can't imagine the inconsolable grief and void she left behind. Know that you are loved and and lean on your family, friends and faith . My heart breaks for you and your family. Hold dear the many memories of your beloved daughter.

Scott Rohrbouck

Anthony Delgado

November 25, 2021

To the Brester Family,

Words cannot express how deeply saddened we are to hear about the loss, of your daughter, Sydnee. Please accept our heartfelt condolences, during this difficult time. I know that dealing with the loss of a child is never easy. We share in your sorrow and are terribly sorry you are having to go through this. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Anthony, Gloria, and David Delgado

Michael Peterson

November 25, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the entire family for your loss. Our hearts ache and prayers from all of us here are for you always in memory of this beautiful young woman. God bless.

Bruce and Donna (Acker) Bennett

November 24, 2021

To the Brester family,
I am cousins to the Hammocks that lived in your neighborhood as kids. I just want to say that you are in our prayers. May you hold strong to the loving memories you have in your hearts of your beautiful daughter. Heaven is for real and we will all be reunited at Father Gods calling. This is His promise to each of us who believe.
Friends always in Jesus Christ,
Bruce and Donna(Acker) Bennett
Kyle, Texas