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William E. Brewer

March 30, 1929 January 6, 2019
William E. Brewer
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William (Bill) E. Brewer
William E. Brewer passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on Sunday, January 6 at Ohio Living Swan Creek. Bill was born in Alton, Illinois and raised in Toledo, OH attending Longfellow Elementary where he met his future wife Phyllis Dale. After graduation from Devilbiss High School, he received a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the University of Toledo in civil engineering. He began his career with Bentley and Sons Construction, followed by positions at Portland Cement, Kuhlman Building and Supply and finally at Bowling Green State University where he served as chair of the construction/design department from 1979 to 1984.
He was a registered professional engineer in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana and has written numerous articles and textbooks. He also taught classes at The University of Toledo as well as Ohio Northern University.
He was married to Phyllis Dale on June 27, 1951 and she preceded him in death in 2010. He married Anne Cushnie on Sept. 17, 2011 and she was his devoted wife until his passing.
After his retirement Bill and Phyllis enjoyed traveling across the United States and Canada many times with their beloved grandchildren.
In 1994, Bill founded the Coffee House Chess League in one coffee house with five members. It grew to over 1500 registered members with 12 chess playing locations. He also created and managed a number of chess programs for elementary schools, shut-ins and others. He developed and manufactured a variation of chess called Mountain Pass Chess and as well Compensation Chess.
Bill led an active life of service serving as president of the former Adams Township Local School Board, leadership roles in Westminster Presbyterian Church as well as remaining active in First Presbyterian Church of Maumee.
In addition to Anne, he is survived by his children, Bill, Jr., Jenny (Darrell) Alt, and was predeceased by his youngest son Tim (Lori.) as well as grandson Timothy J. Brewer. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Nick(Lindsey) Alt, Lindsey (Rob) Reel, Ashley (John) Scholtz, Matt Alt, Evan Brewer, Arianna Brewer as well as six great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 12th at 11 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., Maumee, Ohio 43537. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the church.

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Memorial Service




11:00 AM 1/12/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/12/2019 12:00:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church of Maumee

200 E. Broadway
Maumee, OH 43537

First Presbyterian Church of Maumee
200 E. Broadway Maumee 43537 OH
United States

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Riverside Cemetery Final Resting Place

Maumee, OH 43537

Maumee 43537 OH
United States

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First Presbyterian Church of Maumee

200 E. Broadway
Maumee, OH 43537

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