Keith Dale “Breck” Brecheisen

Brecheisen, Keith

Keith Dale “Breck” Brecheisen was born on December 21, 1926 to Stella and Aaron Brecheisen in Iola, Kansas. During his childhood, the family lived in Welda, Kansas, where Breck was known to be adventurous and fun-loving. He was an entrepreneur even as a young man. He loved sports. In high school, he played basketball and football and was a leader in the Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Breck met the love of his life, Lorna Nokes, when they were in second grade. They became engaged just after High School graduation.

Both attended Kansas University. Breck’s education was interrupted by World War II as he served in the United States Air Force. After the war, Breck continued his studies at KU.

He and Lorna were married March 15, 1947 and by the time he was graduated from KU with B.S. and B.A. degrees in Zoology/Science they had two little girls, Jan and Karol.

Upon moving to Garnett, Breck took over the Allis Chalmers dealership. During the 1950s, Breck also owned the Buick dealership in Garnett. Son, Terry, was born in 1951.

Breck served as Commander of the American Legion Post in Garnett and helped many veterans to get their benefits. He also served as 2nd District Commander and served on the National Executive Committee of the Legion.

In 1958, Breck joined Dick Dalton to form the Dalton/Brecheisen Manufacturing Company which produced wire and plastic products. Breck and Dick created a “Sheltered Workshop” in partnership with Osawatomie State Mental Hospital in order to give the patients meaningful work to do.

Breck served as Chairman of Anderson County Republican Party and loved politics. In 1968, Breck was elected alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention and in 1972 he was a member of the Electoral College of Kansas.

Breck was a musician. He played the piano and taught himself to play the organ. Breck and his brother, Adell, were both great singers and often sang duets.

Breck moved to Jean, Nevada in the 1980s to pursue mining interests. He and Lorna became active members of the Goodsprings, NV Community Church. They returned to Kansas in 2009, and lived in Lenexa until his passing on May 20, 2014.

Breck is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lorna; his daughter, Jan Lyson of Olathe; daughter, Karol Brecheisen (John Mauk) of Peoria, Arizona; son, Terry Brecheisen (Rita) of Kansas City, KS; grandchildren Courtney Goodloe (Neil) of Springfield, MO; and Stacey Lyson (Jamie Raymo) of Overland Park; and great-grandchildren Simon and Reagan Goodloe of Springfield.

 

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  1. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on May 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Brecheisen. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

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