Earl Edward Brewer

TEMPLE - Earl Edward Brewer, 79, of Temple, TX, died February 14, 2014 of leukemia. Born January 17, 1935 in Schulenburg, TX, he grew up in Cheektowaga, NY.
His father died at a young age, leaving Earl and his five siblings to be raised by their mother. In 1954, he served aboard ship as a US Naval radioman stationed in New Orleans. Afterwards, he studied at Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, TX, where he met Beth Ann Atkinson. They married at the Thompsonville United Methodist Church in Thompsonville, TX in 1964, just before shipping out to Guam where he re-enlisted in the US Coast Guard. On the way there, they took a whirlwind trip through Hong Kong, China, where they established a passion for collecting and travelling.
Earl and Beth Ann settled in Victoria, TX where their daughter, Margaret, was born and raised. An avid fisherman, hunter, and collector, Earl also loved Texas travel. Weekends were filled with road trips to small Texas towns, stopping to read all the historical markers, which sparked many discussions about the hardships endured by the Texas settlers. Having known something about hardship himself, he taught that no matter your lot in life, there will always be someone better off than you and someone else less fortunate. Following the example set by his mother, he gave generously throughout his life to charities for children and the impoverished.
Deepest thanks to his caregivers at the Temple VA Hospital for extending his life while supporting his desire to live independently. He was predeceased by his parents Marion and Lillian Hofbauer Brewer; siblings Mervin, Marion, and Dianne; and his wife Beth Ann. He is survived by siblings Wesley and Joyce, brother-in-law Bobba Guy Atkinson, sister-in-law Mary Jane Atkinson Willard, daughter Margaret Brewer Schroeder, son-in-law Michael Schroeder, beloved grand-daughter Valerie-Gwenaelle Herve, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
In honor of his lifelong spirit of giving, memorial donations may be sent to Scott & White Foundation, Children's Abuse Prevention, 2401 S. 31st St., Temple, TX 76508. A memorial service will be held at the Thompsonville United Methodist Church in Thompsonville, TX on March 22 at 2pm.