Local couple dies in Missouri car accident

Obituaries for David and Joyce Brenneke


David and Joyce Brenneke died together Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Mexico, Missouri.

David William Brenneke was born Oct. 16, 1938 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Harold and Belle (Thompson) Brenneke. He was a 1956 graduate of Burlington High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army Reserves for two years.

In 1962, he moved to Iowa City and was an assistant manager at Colonial Lanes Bowling until 1969. In January 1969, he began working at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and retired in 1997 as assistant manager of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

He was a member of the West Branch American Legion and Iowa City Bowling Association, being inducted into the Iowa City Bowling Hall of Fame in 1990. He enjoyed golf and was a longtime member of Greenview Golf & Country Club for 32 years. He was a diehard St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes fan his entire life.

Joyce Ann Pechman was born Jan. 28, 1936 in Iowa City, the daughter of Elmer and Catherine (Draker) Pechman. She was a graduate of Lone Tree High School in 1954 and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1957.

On Oct. 11, 1958, she was united in marriage to Walter J. Juels, who died in an auto accident November 11, 1959.

She had been employed at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Muscatine Hospital, Dr. R.G. Stuelke’s office, Dr. L.H. Jacques office and, in 1976, became Director of Nursing at Crestview Care Center in West Branch, retiring in 1995.

Joyce was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in West Branch and the Mission of Our Lady of the Snows in Climax Springs, Missouri, West Branch Women’s Club, Red Hat Society and the Fireflies of the Northwest Fire District in Missouri.

She enjoyed traveling in the United States and many European countries, scrapbooking for the grandchildren, reading and flower gardening.

David and Joyce were united in marriage Nov. 27, 1965 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hills, Iowa.

In 1988, they purchased a home and ultimately retired to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. They thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of “lake life” for the last 30 years.

They are survived by two sons: Timothy (Margaret) Juels of West Branch and Douglas (Stacy) Brenneke of Richmond, Indiana as well as six grandchildren: Christopher (Katie) Juels, Nathan Juels and his fiancé Lacey Constien; Jack Brenneke, Leann Brenneke, Samuel Brenneke, William Brenneke; and a great granddaughter, Lyla Juels.

Also surviving is David’s sister Mary Jo Snowden of Burlington; Joyce’s brother: John Pechman of Hills and sister: Mary Ernst of Davenport.

David was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roger Brenneke. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and first husband Walter J. Juels.

Visitation was held at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Funeral Mass was held Monday, March 1 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in West Branch. Burial was in the West Branch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Bernadette Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hendersonbarkerfuneralhome.com.