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John “Jack” F. Brennen

John, “Jack” F. Brennen died peacefully at home on Sunday October 6, 2019.  Born in Niagara Falls NY on February 7, 1929, he was one of 13 children of Thomas and Alice Brennen.   Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Therese Knab Brennen; children Michael (Yukari) Brennen, Mary (Hans) Hofmann, Peggy (Dan) Craighead, Maureen (Ross) Willis, Maria (Dan) Armitage, Tom (Kathy) Brennen and Melissa (Matt) Maline; 17 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; 1 brother and 5 sisters and numerous relatives and friends.  Jack led a long and full life.  He was an army paratrooper who served during the Korean War. After graduating from the Indiana Institute of Technology he worked over 30 years as a civil engineer for Columbia Gas. Jack was a longtime active member of Our Lady of Peace Church.  He loved walking and volunteered helping to maintain the Buckeye Trail. Jack also enjoyed camping and travelled extensively after he retired. An avid reader, he was a poet himself, composing many verses especially for family occasions.  We will always remember him as a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather and a faithful friend. His quiet strength, gentle sense of humor and kindness to others will be missed but never forgotten. The Brennen family is very grateful to the V.A. and OhioHealth Hospice staff for their compassionate care. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Our Lady of Peace Church in Columbus.  The family will receive visitors there at 9:30 am and the funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am. Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Lewis Center, followed by a lunch back at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Peace Church.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Christopher A. Brennen says:

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My father (James) and I used to love to go to your house to visit. Jack always had amazing mechanical devices to show us. I spent the majority of my time playing the slot machine while they got caught up with each other. Uncle Jack was a fun person and had a great mind.

  • Sharron Brennen Rubeck says:

    Jack was my brother. He provided the family with many funny stories. I treasure the stories he shared about our dad. I treasure the time we spent together when we lived in Columbus. We shared family time with his children. He was there for the birth of our first child. Jack and his family made Columbus home. I will miss his smile, his michieveness, his poetry, and his example of goodness and loving life.

  • Debra Gore says:

    May the God of peace keep you and your family at during this time.

  • Trina Lowry says:

    Melissa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Deb Rudy says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your dad. He sounds like a very interesting person and am sure he will be missed by all who knew him.

  • andrew gay says:

    Mrs Brennen and family we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr(Jack) Brennen. He was a great man and you guys were a huge part of raising me after my mother died and I will always be greatful!! God no doubt has a special place for him in heaven!!

    Andy, Dina, Nicklaus, DJ, Vincent Colombo-Gay

  • Jill says:

    I worked for Jack at Columbia Gas in the late 1970’s. He was such a nice man. I enjoyed his advice and wisdom. Peace and comfort to his family.

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