Gerald M. Brennum
Gerald “Jerry” Brennum, of Clyde, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2012 , at Agrace Hospice Care in Madison. He was born on February 23, 1940 to Morris and Lillian (Gerber) Brennum. He operated his family’s farm and tree planting business until his early 30s and was a father figure for his younger siblings when their father passed in 1963. On February 24, 1968, he was united in marriage to Mavis Boak. While helping run the family farm and tree planting business, and working as a mechanic at Claire’s Service Station in Dodgeville, he started his own automotive business, Hollenbeck Garage, which he ran successfully for over 20 years. However, his passion for trees and forestry took over and he started Brennum Tree Service in the early 90s. In 54 years, Gerald has planted more than 7 million trees in Wisconsin and his legacy will be visible to all who love and remember for years to come. He had a love for Mother Nature, the “ponies”, football, fishing, turning his farm into a wildlife haven, working with his hands and mind, visiting with family and friends and enjoying life to its fullest. He made an impression on people’s lives that will not be forgotten.
Gerald is survived by his soul mate, Bonnie Mainwaring; his children, William (Carol) Brennum of Kenosha and Deanna Brennum (Tom Long) of Livingston; stepchildren, Morris (Sandra) Jackson of Soldiers Grove and Kenneth Jackson of Alabama; 3 grandchildren, Ashley, Leah and Bradley; 3 step-grandchildren, April, Heather and Tyler; 2 step-great grandchildren, Sira and BaSamba; aunts, Clara Gerber of Madison, WI and Martha McMillion of Maryland; sisters, Catherine (David) Price of Clyde, WI; Janice (Doug) Roh of Dodgeville, WI; Sandy (Jim) Strommen of Blanchardville, WI and Dorothy Gullickson, Dodgeville, WI and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis, on January 4, 1990; his stepson, David Jackson; father, Morris Brennum; mother, Lillian Clinger; stepfather, James Clinger; half-sisters, Avis Whitish and Phyllis Loy.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date for family and friends. Memorials in Gerald’s name may be made to Agrace Hospice or the charity of your choice.
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