Brennan, William J. (October 27, 1923 - November 9, 2005)

William J. Brennan

Douglas Budget - November 23, 2005

William J. Brennan, 82, died Nov. 9, 2005, at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 14 at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Don Buhrman as celebrant.

Interment was in Fairview Cemetery at Scottsbluff with military rites by the Nebraska National Guard. Memorials are suggested to St. Agnes School at Scottsbluff. Online condolences may be sent to, which will be forwarded to the family.

He was born Oct. 27, 1923, to Frank and Madeliene Brennan at Alliance, Neb. He attended St. Agnes Academy and Regis College in Denver in 1941, Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1946, and an army school in Oxford, England in 1945.

He joined the Army on July 23, 1943, and served in the European Theater. He served in the infantry and fought in military engagements at Rome Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley, and served as a military correspondent through the end of the war. He earned a bronze star for valor, a European African Middle Eastern Service medal and a World War II Victory medal. He received an honorable discharge on Dec. 30, 1945.

He married Jo Anne Carpenter on Feb. 26, 1949 and lived in the Gering and Scottsbluff, communities where he worked as a news director for KOLT radio and later as a news director and station manager for KSTF television. In 1985, he and his family moved to Douglas, where he managed KATH Broadcasting Co. In 1992, he and his wife moved to Fort Pierce, Fla., where they lived in retirement.

During his journalism career in Scottsbluff, he was honored with Bill Brennan Day for 40 years of outstanding broadcasting and community service. He was a president of the Highway 26 Association, president of the Emergency Medical Service Association, a member of the St. Mary Hospital Advisory Board, Elks Club, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Nebraska Broadcasting Association and Omaha Press Club. He was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church and a member of the Legion of Mary.

Survivors include sister Kay and Bob Gerd of Morrison, Colo.; wife Jo Anne; daughters Peg and Scott Jones of Denton, Neb., and Jennifer and John Scardino of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; sons Bill and Deborah of Grand Island, Neb., Sean and Coleen of Lincoln, Neb., Tom and Diana of Aurora, Colo., Ed of Sacramento, Tim of Fort Pierce, and Bob of Lincoln; grandchildren Shannon and Sean M. Brennan, Joe Brennan, Carri Windhorst, Laura Kaiser, Katelin Brennan, Dan Brennan, Terry Brennan, Sean T. Brennan, Bill J. Brennan, Ryan Brennan, Sheila Jones and Luke Jones; and great-grandchildren Starla Brennan, Emma Jo Brennan, Jacob Windhorst, Tyler Jean Brennan, Breanna Brennan and Bailey Brennan.


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