Richard E. “Dick” Brenner

Richard E. “Dick” Brenner

Richard E. “Dick” Brenner of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Friday, February 18, 2011 at his home. Mr. Brenner was born April 16, 1928 in Shelbyville to Blinn and Jessie (Doxey) Brenner and was a lifelong resident of the area. For 38 years he was employed in the maintenance department with James River Paper Co. retiring in 1991 and then worked at ACRDC delivering meals to seniors, retiring March 1, 2010.

Dick had been a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge since 1972. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his Spree moped. It was Dick’s passion to be the first customer at Corky’s Drive-In on opening day, March 1st.

On December 26, 1963 in Otsego he married Letha “Lee” Goodacre who survives. Also surviving are a son and two daughters, Richard Allen, Judy (Duane) Warner and Sandy (Shane) Allen, all of Otsego; four grandchildren, Christian (Kelly) Brenner, Erica Brenner, Marcy (Matt) Shenck and Jason (Christina) Ellinger; six great-grandchildren, Kalie and Alexis Ellinger, Tavian and Devon McKinley, Paige and Seth Brenner; a sister, Bonnie Koster of Jenison; a brother-in-law, Calvin Leslie of Fennville; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Vione and Chuck Earle; brother-in-law, Bob Koster; a sister, Donna Leslie; his step-mother, Marian Brenner.

Friends may meet the family from 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the First Congregational Church of Otsego, Pastor Don Ray officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Dick may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice, the Kalamazoo Humane Society or the First Congregational Church.

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  1. Wally and Sylvia Flahaut says:

    Wally and I will miss Dick so much, especially when Corky’s opens next month. I will also miss the Pineapple Upside Down Cake he would make for my birthday because he knew it was my favorite.
    Dick, you fought a good fight, now rest in peace, my friend.
    Our sympathy to Lee and all the rest of the family. We love you!

  2. Tom and Donna Rochow says:

    Lee, We are so sorry for your loss, we have been praying for Dick daily and know he is now resting in peace. I am glad I got to know both of you through Sylvia, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Lee and Family,
    Please know that Dick is now with the Angels in Heaven. May your memories of him stay close in your hearts.
    Tim and Marcia Quigley

  4. Ed and Marilyn Holthof says:

    Lee and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. We know he is in a painfree place and
    God is taking care of him. I’m so glad for the times we got to
    sit with both of you at Corky’s.

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of you,

    Eddie and Marilyn Holthof

  5. Jacque Drobny says:

    I don’t ever remember seeing you, Lee, without Dick. You have my sympathy for your loss.

  6. Ron and Bev Esterline says:

    Lee and Family
    So sorry to hear of Dick’s death. He has fought a long hard fight and is now free of all the pain. Our condolences from Florida, to you and the family. From Ron and Bev Esterline

  7. The Mankin family says:

    Dick will be missed soooooooo greatly, especially to all of us at Corky’s Drive-In. When we purchased the restaurant in 1988 we inherited Dick and Lee Brenner – “The Coffee People”, throughout all 23 seasons they have been there for us and our staff everyday.
    The girls getting fresh coffee brewing with their signature cups ready when they got out of the truck/car to sit at the table and visit with friends and all. Our opening for 2011 will not be the same with out Dick there, but we will be seeing Lee there everyday to greet our customers as they always did for all those years.
    We all will miss that 1/2 of our “Coffee People”.

  8. Tim Walters says:

    Lee and family I worked with Dick for many years at the mill. He was a great guy, as tough as they come. We will miss him at Corkys. Tim Walters

  9. Terri and Howard Gott says:

    Aunt Lee and Family,
    We were saddened to read about Dick’s passing. We are in Florida, and I did hear from Sandy that he wasn’t doing well, on my birthday. He was sure a great guy, and will always be remembered.

    With Sympathy, Terri and Howard

  10. Amy, Dan and Kassie says:

    Lee, You know how much we love you and Dick, since the day we looked at our house you and Dick have touched our hearts, missing Dick will be one of the hardest things for our family, we love you always and our door is always open to you. With Much Love,

    Amy, Dan and Kassie..

  11. Jeri & Bill Berner says:

    Lee & Family

    I have known Dick since going to the Gates Country school
    way back then. Will surely miss seeing him at Corky’s. So
    very sorry.

  12. Angela Cook says:


    Emma and I will sure miss “Grandpa Dick”…..but I still hope to see your smiling face at the table with mom and dad this summer!


  13. sabine Cook says:

    Hi Lee ,, I am so sorry for you loss.. I had no idea! After the restaurant closed ,I have not seen you.. So I just found out .. I am so very sorry..

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