Billy Dean Brewer, 79, Jasonville passed away at 12:50 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Born March 27, 1927 in Midland, he was the son of Lester and Edna (Ferry) Brewer.
A 1945 graduate of East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Ill., he was a member of the Dugger Amateur Radio Club, The Red Neck Repeater, and was associated with several area radio clubs. He attended the Jasonville United Methodist Church.
He served in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War and was awarded three Bronze Stars for meritorious service.
He was an industrial engineer and plant supervisor at the Rollex Corporation in Elk Grove, Ill., retiring in 1992.
He married Malvina Ann "Tiny" (Koch) Brewer on Dec. 1, 1951 and she preceded him in death on July 15, 2004.
Survivors include: daughters, Bonnie B. Hardesty of Albuquerque, N.M. and Lynn M. (Larry) Ryder of Miamisburg, Ohio; son, Randy L. (Pamela) Brewer of Bloomingdale, Ill.; a sister, Ina (Glenn) Hardesty-Stevens of Irving, Texas; sister-in-laws, Virginia "Skip" Brewer of Jasonville, Sis Koch of Minnesota, and Dorothy May of Chicago, Ill.; brother-in-laws, Max Koch of McHenry, Ill., and Bill Koch of Minnesota; six grandchildren, Tony (Sam) Hardesty-Richtsmeier, Jay Hardesty, Justin Brewer, Amanda Brewer, Kristina Ryder and finance' Aaron, and Daniel Ryder; two great-grandchildren, Soul Hardesty-Richtsmeier and Helen Hardesty-Richtsmeier; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Malvina Brewer; a son, Phillip Brewer; and brother, Davey Brewer.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at McClanahan-Lee Funeral Home in Jasonville with Pastor Carl Leth officiating. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery in Midland with graveside military rites.
Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dugger Amateur Radio Club or the Jasonville United Methodist Church.