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21 S. Austin Road
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 752-2444
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Bret Brecklin

Bret W. Brecklin

Thursday, April 13th, 1961 - Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
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Anne Russell

Posted at 05:10pm
My Friend, My Brother Today, as I stare out my window, I feel a chillness in the air. The tree branches sway ever so gently while crumpled frosted leaves lie motionless on the ground, and the blended clouds of gray, paint the limitless sky. It sets the mood for my heavy heart as I compile my thoughts into words, a tribute to my dearest friend. I wish I had more time with you Bret, there is just never enough time with those we hold most dear to our hearts, but this was your life’s path, your story’s ending on earth. My mind keeps replaying the final moments of your life on April 10, 2019. While I tenderly cradled your face in my hands, as you stared into my eyes, I softly spoke the supportive and tender loving words you needed to hear, and within a few moments you took your life’s last breath and closed your eyes a final time, and a portion of my heart went with you. You were so very brave, and fought the most difficult battle of your life with courage and dignity and won the ultimate reward of eternal freedom. Some people can go an entire lifetime and honestly say that they have never met a person whose entire physical, mental and spiritual being consisted of near perfection. Bret to me was not only my dearest friend but I considered him my brother and was just about as perfect as a human being can be. He truly had the largest family of anyone I’ve ever known. He was everyone’s son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend. His talents and accomplishments were many: he was a businessman, dog breeder/trainer, baker, mentor, advocate, caregiver, teacher, entrepreneur and humanitarian. He was a hard-working and generous man and was constantly goal driven to giving back to the community in any way he could and he gave his hands and his heart to every organization that served the purpose of compassion to both mankind and animal alike and made differences where there were none. His joviality, good nature and quick wit could be picked out amongst dozens and his welcoming smile and warm personality attracted people of all walks of life simply because he possessed the ability to make each and every person feel comfortable, needed, secure and loved. He adored his entire family: parents, siblings, nieces/nephews, great nieces/great nephews, partner, canine fur-baby and hundreds of friends and his love for them was endearing, respectful, supportive and unconditional and an integral part of each of their lives. He taught the importance of being humble and grateful for life’s blessings and how to focus more on the goodness within ourselves. He saw age as only a number, viewed pets as, “one of the family” and valued the golden words of “please and thank you.” He held no prejudice nor malice toward another human being and held in the highest regard, the ultimate respect of men and women (both young and elderly), nature, all animals, and was an advocate for those less privileged and for those whose voices could not be heard. He was steadfast in finding happiness in life’s simple joys and focused entirely on the good that could be the outcome of any trial or misfortune. He valued selflessness and demonstrated his love for God with unwavering faith, hope, courage and forgiveness, and by loving each individual and by placing all others before himself, what he had he gave, even if it meant leaving little for himself. He was truly a man of honorable character and integrity. He was our inspiration and our rock. It is his multitude of accomplishments and achievements we will remember, but more importantly his loving and giving heart that we will miss most. We, individually and as a whole, have no idea as to the amount of time we are granted here on earth, nor do we know what trial or tribulation will confront us along the way. But what we do know is that each of our lives is a gift, an individualized masterpiece designed specifically from God, and how we choose to live it is up to each of us. Life is a blessing to cherish with grace, mercy and humility, so find joy in the blessing of living and love those closest to you with your whole heart and soul, so that in the end, there will be no remorse, only comfort in knowing you did your best, made a difference and left lasting imprints in the lives you touched along the way. It is with deepened sadness that I say “goodbye” to you Bret. I will miss your broad shoulders to lean on, your smile, your words of wisdom and loving presence in my life. As I honored you in life, I promise to do so in death. Thank you for being my dearest friend and brother. Until we meet again, May God embrace you in his loving arms and bless you with eternal peace as you sore with the angels to your Heavenly home. I love you so, Annie

Gloria dutcher

Posted at 08:08am
Bret was always a brother to me. Looked after me helped raise my 3 kids, we ate banana cream pies together. I miss him something terrible! My kids use to go with him to wash his blue fire bird my handicap brother helped mow the yard behind the New leaf bar the only bar I ever felt at home at. He was the best cook making all kind of good food best baker I spent a lot of time watching him and eating treats that's why I'm heavy set. He use to come up from Rockford to hangout wash his laundry. Dancing to rainbow bridge band hanging out sure gonna be lost! He even took care of me after a few surgeries. My ex husband was very mean abusive Bret helped me get away. Love him R. I. P. Bret

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