|Printed in the April 29, 2022 Enterprise|
William (Bill) Oliver Brenton, the son of John and Violet Brenton, was born Oct. 31, 1941, in Villisca Iowa. He entered eternal rest Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Caring Acres, Anita, Iowa. at the age of 80.
Bill attended Villisca schools and played varsity football all 4 years. Bill was also very involved in the FFA. In 1959 Bill joined the Iowa National Guard and completed basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Bill graduated from Villisca in 1960.
Bill married Mary Lee (Nevius) in 1965 and also started his 50+ years in the Harvestore business, purchasing his own business in 1992 for SW Iowa.
During Bill's years in Anita, he was a member of the Anita Development Corp, Anita Chamber of Commerce, city council, and head trustee of the United Methodist Church. During that time he was very proud of the hayrack rides down Main Street at the annual Christmas walk.
Bill's biggest pleasure was to be anywhere his only grandson Brenton was. They enjoyed camping and deer/turkey hunting at the farm.
Bill is survived by his wife Mary Lee of 57 years; daughters Wendie (Matt) Reier of Omaha, and Holly Jo Brenton of Atlantic, Iowa; grandson Brenton (Ashley) Reier; a great-grandson, Oliver Brenton Reier; sister, Barbara Benskin; sister-in-law Karene Brenton-Ryan and many other family and friends.
Preceding Bill in death were his parents, mother and father in law, Harold and Grace Nevius, brother Bernard Brenton; brother and sister in law Carl and Sandy Johnson; brother in law Dave Beskin; niece Debbie (Johnston) Hogan.
A celebration of life gathering will be held from 12 to 3 p.m., on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Anita Community Center in Anita.
Memorials may be directed to the Brenton Family, they will be designed to many of Bill's favorite local charities and may be mailed to the Schmidt Family Funeral Home P.O. Box 523, Atlantic, IA 50022.
The staff of Schmidt Family Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Bill and his family.
~~~Obituary courtesy of Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska ~~~