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Larry Alan Brengle

February 28, 1930 October 19, 2019
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Larry Alan Brengle, DVM
AKA “Doc” Brengle


Larry “Doc” Brengle, 89 years old, passed away on (10/19/2019) after a lingering battle with Alzheimer’s and Bladder Cancer.

Larry Alan Brengle was born February 28 1930 to Gertrude Peterson Brengle and Rolland Milton Brengle Sr in Dearborn Michigan. Between age 3 and age 5 he started his early life on 30 acres in Farmington Michigan where they had a apple and peach orchard. Around 1940 they began living on the 120 acre farm outside of South Lyon on 8 Mile road. Around age 11 (1941) his mother passed away from Leukemia and later Rolland Sr married Geraldine Hector who had been working in Milwaukee at one point and was now a secretary at Ford Motor Company in Michigan.
During his High School years Larry played on the Football team as Quarterback, on the Baseball team as a Pitcher, and 2 years on the Basket Ball team (because it was first formed when he was a junior). He was honored in 2005 and admitted to the South Lyon High School Sports Hall of Fame. He graduated in 1948. He played on the “JV” squad as a pitcher at Michigan State for a year until his studies took precedence. In 1954 he graduated from the Michigan State Veterinary College and began practicing in Plymouth Michigan. He was the head veterinarian for 2 Detroit area race tracks along with his normal veterinarian office duties. Prior to moving to Plymouth he married Carolyn Haden Johnson of the Detroit Johnsons. They had 3 children - Craig in 1955 and Jennifer in 1957. Not long after that in 1960 he took a position with the Beaver Dam Veterinary Clinic (without consulting with Carolyn first) moving to Lake Street in Beaver Dam Wisconsin. About a year later they moved to Fox Lake renting a house on Depot Street. In 1961 the third (3) child Brian was born. About 2 years later they bought a house on College Avenue (once he was able to secure the loan to buy the house for $9,600) where he set up a practice in the back room of the house. He worked out of the house primarily in the mornings making farm calls, in the afternoon at the Vet Clinic in Beaver Dam as head surgeon, and typical evenings and week-ends from out of the house. Mom was the Accountant, Secretary, Radio Dispatcher, and Veterinary Assistant while us kids were placed into service as Veterinary Assistants, Telephone Call Takers, and Radio Dispatchers relieving mom of those duties as we got older. In the 60s and 70s he drove Ford Econoline Vans and it never failed that when he traded it in - the front end was caved in from hitting a pheasant going down the road. Later on he started driving Suburbans which we called the Colorado Cruiser or “The Chuck Truck”. I think he timed it to get his new Suburban delivered just before our summer trip to Detroit and South Lyon. In 1987/88 they moved to Beaver Dam again into a house built by Red Solis from plans drawn up in drafting class by Brian. A couple of years later with 35 years or so practice he finally retired.

Larry (Doc) served in the Fox Lake community with the Kiwanis club for about 40 years until the club was dissolved. He served as Lt Governor 1 time. There were Snowmobile races, Broom Ball Tournaments, Easter Egg hunts, Teen Dances, selling Ham Sandwiches, Root Beer Floats, and Fries at the Corn Roast, Rifle Sight-in Week-ends, and finally 12 and 14 hour trips to Lambeau Field to work a concession booth. He was a city alderman for several years and served on the Library Board, Beautification Committee, and sang in a quartet for awhile. He loved to hunt Ducks in the local area and was involved with the Beaver Dam chapter of Ducks Unlimited for many years. He also looked forward to every white tail deer season starting early on in the 50s with trips to Siginaw up in the UP and later starting in the 60s to Adams County. I think his greatest love for hunting was his trips out west - especially to Colorado - over the years to hunt Mule Deer and Elk. As he aged the actual hunting became secondary to his position as Head Honcho “Ram Rod”, Old Times Story Teller, and Chief Cook just hanging out with the guys.

He also liked to golf. Typically on Thursdays when it was Men’s day at Fox Lake and during the evening when they would serve supper. He was also known to carry a salt shaker in his coveralls pocket when the tomatoes were coming ripe in the garden. He was into reloading his own ammo teaching me to reload shot gun shells for a summer of shooting Trap and his pet load of Alcan 5 with an ounce and five eights of number 5s for ducks and geese. That was back in the day when you could shoot lead shot and him and Charley Riley had both bought Remington Model 1100s and a field trials championship Golden Retriever (Cookie) together. For awhile he held a Federal Firearms License (FFL) more so that he could buy reloading supplies at the wholesale prices. He was doing business as the .30 Caliber Gun Shop (a play on the address of .308 College Avenue) in Fox Lake with the basement reloading room being called the “Mole Hole”. There he taught me all the ins and outs of reloading rifle and pistol shells and at one point in time his friends used to remark they knew where they were going to get ammo if World War Three ever broke out. He reloaded many a shell and bought many a gun for friends, family, and Beaver Dam Ducks Unlimited over the years.

He was a Packer’s fan as well as Michigan State. Thanksgivings he did root for the Packers over Detroit. I can remember Sunday dinners scheduled to be consumed during half time of the game. Usually we watched the game with the sound on the TV turned down (because he couldn’t stand Ray Scott) and the AM Radio announcers turned on. In the Packers “Lean” years usually the game would get turned off at half time and never turned back on. That’s when the Official Pigeon Exterminator for the City of Fox Lake (he had a card signed by the former Mayor - Eddie Nietzel) would go about his chores in earnest if he wasn’t shooting them off the Catholic Church steeple or the water tower during his noon lunch hour. He kinda took it a little too far when one Sunday he got up on the roof of the Green Giant warehouse with a single shot 410 shotgun. That was good for one nervous visit from the part time week-end cop and Police Chief Jim Larsen (who heard it on the scanner) and got there before the SWAT Team could be called out. As far as I know, no neighbor ever complained of him shooting sparrows off the Martin house, rabbits in the back yard, morning doves off Orville Kratz’s house, or squirrels off the eves of the house. For awhile he liked fishing for Walleye on Fox Lake with the boat he bought Mom for Mothers Day. She bought him a sewing machine for Fathers Day. He also liked ice fishing at Lake Winnibigoshish in Minnesota for several years.

Larry was preceded in death by his Mother Gertrude, Step Mother Geraldine, Father Rolland Sr, Oldest Brother Rolland Jr (Roggie), Step Sister Judy (Brengle) Finn, Step Brother Richard (Ellen), Wife Carolyn, and youngest son Brian. Immediate survivors include step brothers William (Jill) Brengle of Grand Rapids MI, Robert Brengle of Agoura Hills CA, Son Craig and Patti rural Randolph, and daughter Jennifer and James Giedd from Beaver Dam with 2 grand children (Michael & Elizabeth) and 1 great grand child.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Fox Lake Public Library. Specifically to the New Building Fund.


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Visitation

Thursday

24

Oct

9:00 AM 10/24/2019 9:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/24/2019 11:00:00 AM
Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home Fox Lake

312 College Ave.
Fox Lake, WI 53933

Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home Fox Lake
312 College Ave. Fox Lake 53933 WI
United States

Service

Thursday

24

Oct

11:00 AM 10/24/2019 11:00:00 AM
Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home Fox Lake

312 College Ave.
Fox Lake, WI 53933

Luncheon to follow at Bayside Supper Club, W9231 Cty Rd G, Beaver Dam, WI 53916

Kratz-Smedema Funeral Home Fox Lake
312 College Ave. Fox Lake 53933 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Riverside Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Hamilton St.
Fox Lake, WI 53933

Hamilton St. Fox Lake 53933 WI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Fox Lake Public Library

117 W. State St
Fox Lake, WI 53933
Specifically to the New Building Fund
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