Leo "Peewee" John Brech


April 3, 1930 - June 21, 2010




Leo John Brech was born April 3, 1930, to Peter and Katherine (Bracha) Brech, at Milltown, SD.   He grew up and attended school at Parkston and Mitchell.  He married Vernetta Hansen on April 20, 1951 in Sioux Falls. In 1957 he moved to the Pacific Northwest and worked for Weyerhaeuser Co. for thirty-seven years.  Following retirement he moved back to Mitchell, SD.  Leo was an outdoor and nature person, enjoying fishing in the ocean, rivers or lakes, hunting, turtle trapping, clam and oyster digging.  He was an avid gardener.  He was a giving person and had a good sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his Brech family and his Royalty family.

He is survived by three sons:  Ronald Leo Brech and wife Masami,  Kailua, Hawaii, Roger Brech, Longview, WA and Kemo Brech, Kelso, WA; one daughter, Darla Brech-Hersley and husband, Kurt, Longview, WA; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Boone, Mitchell, SD; his special love, Eva Royalty, Mitchell, SD, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vernetta (March 13,1990); a son Rick Brech, a daughter, Wanda Brech; three brothers: Melvin Brech, Doyl Brech and  August “Gus” Brech; three sisters: Gladys Brech, Leona Bartling, Elsie LaGuardia and his parents.



To Be Announced


Thursday, June 24, 2010
7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens
Longview, Washington

Posted by Darla Breck-Hersley (daughter) on September 10, 2010
What can I say about a man who collected 3500 ducks? When he liked or loved something or someone, he would go all out to show it. With the good Lord willing, we will all be together once again...someday. I am thankful that God lead us to Chicago for 14 months, since I got to see my dad every other month.... Instead of once a year. I miss both my parents now. Love Darla Hersley
Posted by stacey hansen and kids on June 24, 2010
i will miss uncle leo i remember when i was a kid alissa and i would ride back with uncle leo from hoodscanal we would lay on the back on the bed in the old blue van and just talk and uncle leo would think we were saying something to him and he would say aye and alissa and i would say nothing he then would say oh ok. i will miss you uncle leo you are always in my thoughts and will always be in my heart I LOVE YOU . STACEY HANSEN
Posted by Masami Brech on June 24, 2010
I might not see him very often, but ever since I married with Ron He was a great charming father in law. We'll miss him a lot but someday we belive we'll see him.
Posted by Roger Brech on June 24, 2010
I will miss my dad allot. I am thankful that he showed me how to fish. I have many fond memories of my dad. He was a blast from the past.
Posted by Vicki Haggerty (neice) on June 24, 2010
I will miss that hundred dollar bill being passed back and forth and will miss not being to stay with Uncle Leo at his home in South Dakota. There will always be a lot of fond memories of Uncle Leo as I look at the glass fish he gave me. My sympathy's go to all his family and friends that cared for him.
Posted by Gail Chase on June 24, 2010
I will always smile when remembering Leo, how he liked to play cribbage till the wee hours of the morning (of course always winning my money). He was a loving grandfather to my daughter and a good friend to many. We will miss him dearly. My condolences and prayer go out to his family and friends. Gail Chase
Posted by Cindy Moore + Kids on June 24, 2010
One of the best uncles you could ask for. He will be missed dearly. Love, Cindy
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