Robert Bruce Brebner

December 1, 1926 ~ April 11, 2022 (age 95)


Robert Bruce Brebner passed away peacefully in Columbia Falls, Montana, April 11, 2022 from dementia. Dad was born December 1, 1926 in Central Aguirre, Puerto Rico to parents Robert P. Brebner of Aberdeen, Scotland and Edith Pres-Hanson of Copenhagen, Denmark. They moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin when Dad was six and they spent many summers in Marquette. Dad graduated from St. John’s Military Academy in 1944 then attended Michigan Tech before serving in the Army Air Corps. He attended Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin where he met Sally Wood, whom he married in 1948. Dad was the president of Brebner Machinery in Marquette. During his business career he served on many boards including 42 years for Bay Cliff Health Camp which was his favorite as he had a heart for challenged children. Dad was instrumental in the start up of Marquette Mountain. He had many interests outside of the business arena. He was creative, enjoyed cooking, fishing, hunting, cribbage, skiing, golfing, sailing, flying and horses. He introduced several young people to some of these activities leading them to pursue very successful careers.  Dad had a knack for telling jokes, great stories and wordplay. Dad was also chosen to play the corpse in the movie, “Anatomy of a Murder”. Dad gave his children a good childhood and exposure to many activities. Dad was preceded in death by his wife Sally and son, Robert Patterson Brebner II. He is survived by four daughters, Natalie (Jeff) Wisehart of Seeley Lake, Montana, Jamie (Vicki Hunt) Brebner of Libby, Montana, Polly (Dennis) Bell of Marquette and Anne (Alan) Clanton of Guffey, Colorado, eight grandchildren, Ashley Wisehart Dieterich, Mckenna Wisehart Wildhaber, Walker Derby, Hanna Derby, Christina Lambert, Melanie Aragon, Zach Stanley and Abby Clanton as well as 11 great grandchildren. Donations may be made in Dad‘s memory to Bay Cliff Health Camp, PO Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808 or the Marquette Maritime Museum, 300 Lake Shore Blvd., Marquette, MI 49855. Condolences can be made at In Dad’s words he would tell us, “I love you from the heart of my bottom.”

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