Gregg Arden Breningmeyer

August 21, 1955August 9, 2012

Gregg Arden Breningmeyer, 56, of Raleigh passed away on August 9, 2012.

Gregg was born August 21, 1955, in Mattoon, Il., to Everette and Marian Breningmeyer. He was a Duke University graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration. An employee of John Deere Worldwide Golf and Turf Company where he was the Director of Sales and Marketing.

On September 1, 1979 Gregg married the love of his life, Laurie Fantasia Breningmeyer, in Atlanta, Ga. Gregg was known for his stories, wit and wry sense of humor. He loved reading, boating and could always be found on the golf course. He enjoyed lifelong friendships around the world and will be missed by all.

Gregg is survived by his wife, Laurie Breningmeyer, of Raleigh; his sons, Zac Breningmeyer, of Jacksonville, Fl. And Josh Breningmeyer, of Raleigh; father, Everette Breningmeyer, of Largo, Fl.; Mother-in-law and father-in-law, Diana and Lewis Adams; sister, Marcy Erwin and husband Paul, of Rome, Ga.; sister, Lori Breningmeyer and husband Will Haselden, of Tallahassee, Fl.; Brother, Rhett Breningmeyer, of Tampa, Fl.; sister-in-law, Lia Watson and husband John, of Raleigh; brother-in-law, Vincent Fantasia, of Sanford, Fl.; Nieces, Meggie Bradberry, Callie Mendez and Olivia Watson; and Nephews, Spencer Erwin, Sam Haselden and Jack Watson.

The family would like to thank his doctors and staff at Duke Raleigh Hospital and Eastern Wake Dialysis Center for their care, compassion and support.

A Celebration of Gregg’s life will be Sunday August 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC 27609. His family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, NC Region, 4819 Park Rd, Suite C, Charlotte, NC 28209, in Gregg’s honor.



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Marcy Erwin

January 22, 2013

Dear Gregg,
We just got home from meeting Laurie for the weekend. You would be soooo proud of her! She is carrying on as well as anyone could ever expect after having their whole world rocked... Speaking of carrying... We decided she needed to be "packin "so we went to a gun store. We were allittle apprehensive because we knew you did not like guns but as we walked into the store the background music that was playing was a song that I always attach to you... "Walk This Way"by Aerosmith. I could see you come sliding in with a air guitar commanding the moment and making a HUGE scene! You could of been showing us the door but we chose to see it as a sign of approval! So..... for anyone interested, Laurie has 4 dogs, 2 sons and she's packin!!!! Love you and miss you, Marcy

Mo & Ed Thompson

January 13, 2013

Laurie, Zach & Josh,
Our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow. We have all lost one very special guy way too soon. We are fortunate to have had Gregg in our lives and we will miss him terribly. He will always be in our thoughts and in our prayers.

Debi Copeland

December 2, 2012

Dear Gregg:
I think of you every day. You lived a life that brought great joy to all who knew you. What a legacy you left behind. I have even forgiven you for "being almost late." You may not be with us walking day to day, but in our hearts you will forever remain.

Peter & Ellen Jardine

November 18, 2012

Dear Gregg:
I know you can hear this; the hardest thing is not hearing you. I just have a few things I wanted to catch you up on, first of all, we voted yesterday. Remember the last time we all voted together. We sure could have used your help on this one - too bad we aren't in Chicago where you still could!
Remember those countless, wonderful dinners we all had together. How about our birthday at Pinehurst? That was awesome. You were there for my first hole in one, which of course you reminded me didn't count. Yes, I finally agree that Weber Grills are the best; I just like the gas option. However, I am thinking about getting a traditional charcoal model in your honor.
Looks like our tee time will have to wait until we see each other again. I guess I will have to practice more so you won't take all my money the next time we play! Also, per your instructions, I will never “overlook the value of the often underappreciated manager in the equation.” We will miss you my friend. But instead of being sad, maybe we should just meet at Stuckey's for a nut log.
Laurie, Zack and Josh – thank you for sharing him with us. You know you are in our constant thoughts. Gregg, of course, is on top of our hearts and minds. He wouldn't have it any other way!
All our love,
Peter, Ellen, Jillian and Kaitlin

Rob & Jean Lewis

October 2, 2012

We will always remember Gregg's smiling face and positive attitude. We will miss……. opening a “Fresh Cold Delicious Squirt, vintage 2011” and his classic “Gregg-isms”; the way he “close talked”; how he hated going to “esoteric” restaurants and eating “esoteric” food; golf followed by lunch; never getting any John Deere golf balls from his endless supply; his grand entrance into the room “Kramer style”; Cowboy vs. Giants rivalry; singing at the top of his lungs in the “finest car ever made”; driving past everyone else's golf ball on the way to his ball; ribs on the charcoal grill; sharing a pizza with sausage and peppers. We have such great memories and are blessed to have had Gregg in our lives. He will always be with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laurie, Zac, Josh and the entire family.

Marcy Erwin

September 24, 2012

Gregg, I have avoided and avoided posting on here because it seems so final and I'm not ready,,, I have watched you since you were 15 years old "fight the fight" and I keep waiting for you to show up now. Where in the HELL are you??? This really just cannot be.... But I know it is and I can't change it. We tried though didn't we? We tried.... I love you and will see you again. Till then keep "fighting the fight" and keep in touch..... Marcy

Richard Burkhard

September 19, 2012

Gregg made a big impact on our dealership many years ago. We will remember him for his hard work, humor and concern for a strong relationship with our dealer network. We will miss him. When my wife Michelle was pregant 14 yrs ago, we took a John Deere Cruise with Greg and his wife attending. We will truly miss him.

tom gensler

September 18, 2012

He was a special spirit and the world is a great deal emptier without him around--

Reid Hawkins

September 9, 2012

Gregg was my neighbor, my friend, and my golfing buddy. His character was larger than life and being around Gregg simply lifted my spirits. Our trips to Toronto, Hilton Head, and West Virginia will remain some of my fondest memories. My thoughts are with Laurie, Zach, and Josh and all of Gregg's family.

marilyn boyle

September 9, 2012

My deepest sympathy. I knew Gregg when he was in high school. He and the gang had a lot of fun. Live kidney donor here and I know the issues. My late husband and Gregg were pals in 1972..we went to your wedding! We last met Gregg maybe 15 yrs ago for an OPRF reunion...what a great guy. He is missed. I wish you and the boys some peace, treasure the memories and be kind to yourselves as you heal.