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Shawn G. Brehm

July 3rd, 2019

Shawn G. Brehm left this world on July 3, 2019. He was surrounded by his wife Denise and their dear friends. Shawn and Denise appreciated your prayers and your presence in spirit and grace during this time.

Shawn is survived by his beloved wife, Denise; Aunts, Becky Parker, Judy Napier, and Jacky Ingalsbe; and many nieces and nephews.

Shawn was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Patricia Brehm; and brother, Brian Brehm.

Shawn grew up in Hamilton, Ohio. He often shared fond childhood memories of his father, Gene, and their scouting adventures. Shawn also appreciated the support his mother, Pat, gave him when he played basketball in high school. One of Shawn’s favorite childhood memories was of attending Boy Scout camp and meeting John Glenn. Shawn also learned to play the banjo at camp. Public service and music became two of his greatest passions.

Shawn started his career in public service as a Cincinnati Police Officer. He organized a “Jeep Club” to help assist first responders during the harsh Ohio winters. He continued his public service in the U.S. Marshall Office where was assigned to the Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant. His duty was to escort nuclear grade materials to and from the site. His diligence and strong work ethic helped advance his career. Shawn’s next step in public service was to join the U.S. Army. He loved his country and its rich history, and he was honored to serve. Shawn completed his basic training and first tours of duty on the Aschaffenburg Military Base in Germany, where he was stationed from 1987 to 1991 as a 19K10, M1 Armor Crewman Tank gunner.

While in Germany, Shawn met his lovely wife, Denise Weber, who was also in the U.S Army and had been assigned to the same base. Shawn and Denise took every opportunity to explore Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Shawn married Denise on November 18, 1989. He and Denise would stay at a local Bed & Breakfast that was close to the military base to embrace the German culture and make memories.

After Germany, Shawn was assigned to Ft. Riley, Kansas, “The Big Red One.” While at Ft. Riley, Shawn was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 37th Armor, 1st Infantry and earned the rank of Corporal. He was a member of Task Force Thunderbolt NTC 90-4. He also volunteered to help firefighters fight the U.S. Idaho Forest fires and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for “Meritorious Achievement” on this assignment. Then, in 1991, Shawn was called up for duty in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq, and he left the military in 1992.

Shawn was awarded:

Army Service Ribbon

National Defense Service Medal

Army Lapel Button

Good Conduct Medal

Overseas Service Ribbon

NCO Professional Development Ribbon

Humanitarian Service Medal

Army Achievement Medal W/Oak Leaf Cluster

Southwest Asia Service Medal w/3 Bronze Service Stars

Kuwait Liberation Medal

 

After the military, Shawn found that he loved working with his hands and keeping up with technology. He was constantly tinkering and fixing things around the house with Denise. This led him to the Air Conditioning business in St. Louis, Missouri.

Shawn always said, “I love being in the south where it does not snow,” and this love led Shawn and Denise from Missouri to Texas where fall became his favorite season, because he loved the change of colors in the Hill Country of Texas. In Houston, Shawn was employed by Goodman Manufacturing. Shawn’s mechanical background and talent for drafting led Goodman Manufacturing to create a new position for him as a Service Parts Engineer. Again, Shawn’s love of technology and its application in the field of air conditioning enabled him to advance his horizons and to work for Daikin out of Dallas, Texas. Finally, Shawn’s last position, with Munters Corporation, was his favorite. He embraced “Green Technology” and traveled his service area of Louisiana and Texas. He looked forward to servicing job sites on military posts where he could also share fellowship with the men. As time went by, he became an expert at trouble-shooting problems over the phone and was one of eleven technicians that Munters allowed to service their equipment. Even when his health was compromised, Munters wholeheartedly supported Shawn, like a family member, and enabled him to work as long as possible.

Shawn loved outdoor adventures, whether fishing, hiking, riding, or diving.   While in the military, Shawn escaped to Milford Lake, in Junction City, Kansas, to fish. As a civilian, Shawn explored the Ball Shoals Lakes in Missouri and the Smokey Mountain National Park in Tennessee. Shawn belonged to the Huston Scuba Club. While diving, his love for public service transferred to community service. He volunteered for the yearly “Trash Festival” to help clean the Comal River. Once the community spent summers tubing through the hill country on the river, the river required a good cleaning so that divers could see underwater. Shawn also camped with friends at “Blue Lagoon” and “Cades Cove” in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, which became his favorite camping area. Shawn loved to ride his Electric Glide Motorcycle, and he was an active member of Mancusso Harley Davidson “Houston Area 1”. He earned an Advanced EMT Certification so that he could be helpful to friends and the community.

As well as sharing his trade secrets for fixing things and his outdoor hobbies with Denise, he also shared his love for music and animals. When Shawn and Denise biked to New Orleans, they would immerse themselves in jazz. They attended concerts, and Shawn loved to sing in the car and to act silly to bring smiles to Denise’s face. Shawn enjoyed the simple life that brought joy to their marriage. He loved his Kitty cats, too.

A Graveside Service will take place on Friday, 7/19/2019 at 10:00 AM at Calumet Park Cemetery. Please meet at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel for line-up and procession at 9:30 AM (2305 W. 73rd Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410)

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mission on Wheels, 6606 Farm to Market Rd 1488, Magnolia, Texas 77354, www.missionsonwheels.org or Team Rubicon, attn.: Shawn Brehm, 6171 W. Century Blvd., Suite 310, Los Angeles, California 90045, www.teamrubiconusa.org.

Line-up for Procession

Friday, July 19th, 2019
9:30 AM

Service

Friday, July 19th, 2019
10:00 AM
Calumet Park Funeral Chapel

7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN 46410  VIEW MAP

T 219-736-5840
F 219-685-5128