In Memory

Dwight deBruler


Dwight W. deBruler age 75 of Dyer passed away on Sunday January 12th, 2020.

He is survived by his wife of 11 months; Kathy, and his children; Stephen (Jie), Mary Irene (Mark) Vogel  and step children Sandy Schemensky, Paul Schemensky, and Debbie Beier; grandchildren Eric, Anton, Sarah, Isabelle, Payton, Samantha, Brandon, Megan, Lisa and Michael; one great grand daughter Lucy Lou Vogel

Dwight was preceded in death by his parents, beloved Barbara and siblings.

Per Dwight’s wishes, cremation was chosen and there will be no services.

Dwight was a Navy Veteran and retired from the US Navy. He was an avid golfer and a connoisseur of music and literature. He enjoyed performing singing telegrams for many people.

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05/09/20 10:29 AM #1    

William Craig

I remember Dwight from the cross country team-- he had a talent for saying the funniest comments, still recalled today.  Rest in peace, friend.

05/09/20 03:23 PM #2    

Daniel Traver

A good guy. Rest In Peace.

05/10/20 06:57 AM #3    

Patrick O'Kiersey

Dwight was one of the good ones.

05/10/20 07:27 AM #4    

Rosemary Morgan (Uman)

I remember how great Dwight was in The Mikado in our Junior year.  He had a wonderful voice.  We kept in touchnow and then over the years and the last of the infrequent times we got together - in 04, I believe, he took me to a barbership quartet concert where he proved he still had that voice. 

05/10/20 10:36 AM #5    

Carol Markus (Pesch)

I remember Dwight from Emerson. Can't ever forget that red hair and personality to match. He will not be forgotten. 

05/10/20 01:38 PM #6    

Noreen Black (Koehler)

I knew Dwight in high school and through his association with the Sea Scouts. His Sea Scout Troup  Often hosted my  Mariner Troup on their boat. It seems fitting that he joined the navy and made his career. My condolences to his family and friends.

05/11/20 03:11 PM #7    

Kenneth Belling

I would play at Dwight's house as early as 1948. I especially liked to ride his English tricycle, or ride on the back with him peddling  away. The ballroom on the third floor and the basement were special play areas for me at the DeBruler townhouse. I  remember when his father was killed on Harlem and his mother badly injured as they walked home from Otto's restaurant at Harlem and Washington in Forest Park. Curran was his older brother. Leslie (Taufer) and Lance Greening lived 3 doors away in the townhouse row on Clinton,  across the street from Jimmy Jericho's house. We all attended many birthday parties together and trips to parks, zoo, etc. Lance and Leslie Greening's parents , Dawn and Nathan, were among  the  founders of the Old Town School of Folk Music

At least 25 members of Our Emerson Class of 1958, still keep in touch... many of us were shown together in the 1949-50 Kindergarten photos and also in the 1958 eighth grade graduation photo. In 2008, the Emerson Class was in touch with two of our teachers, Miss Locke, Grades 12, and Mr. Tom McCaig, eighth grade math teacher. They both have passed now. Submitted by Ken Belling, 

05/12/20 10:24 AM #8    

Mary deBruler (Vogel)

Thank you for the lovely comments about my Dad.  His passing was quite sudden and unexpected.  He was always very fit and had those strong Navy arms.  He worked up until his retirement at 70, and 75 is still too young to leave us.  He always played piano, sang for people, loved his bird feeders, and filled the room with his booming laughter.  I'm glad so many of you remember him fondly.  I also remember playing in the rowhouse on Clinton when I was little with my grandmother, my Uncle Curran, and my Aunt Jeannie.  I miss my Dad very much.  His birthday is on Thursday.  When this stay--at-home order is lifted, I will be having a veterans fumeral with his ashes at the Lincoln Memorial Veterans Cemetary in Joliet, Illinois.  Thank you again, your kind words of remembrance have touched my heart more than you know.

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