Charles A. “Art” Brewer

Charles A. “Art” Brewer of Hastings passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Thornapple Manor.

He was born on July 31, 1926 in Corbin, KY to Sherman and Ida (Moberly) Brewer.  He married the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Burkart in 1944 and they moved from Hamilton, OH to the Hastings area in 1947. He worked at E.W. Bliss until purchasing Brewer’s Courthouse Gulf Station in 1950 and was a retiree of Clark Equipment.

Art and Dorothy loved traveling, camping and especially their trips to Rice Lake. He rose to the rank of Exalted Ruler in the Elks Lodge in late 1960’s. He was very involved and well known in the community and was very active in St. Rose of Lima Parish. He was always involved with his children and the neighborhood kids in the Welcome Corners Community.

Surviving are his children, Ruth Brewer-Murrah, Donna (John) DeLaat and Jerry (Darla) Brewer; 7 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; son, Harold Brewer; grandson, Chad; 5 siblings.

Art’s family will received friends on Monday September 11, 2017 from 6 – 8 PM at Lauer Family Funeral Homes-Wren Chapel, 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings. A Prayer Service will be held Tuesday September 12, 2017 at 1:30 PM at the Funeral Home followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 PM at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with The Rev. Fr. Stephan Phillip celebrating.  Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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  • Jacqueline Muma Posted September 9, 2017 4:34 pm

    Sincere condolences to family and friends of Art, a long-time member of our breakfast club. Oh, how I will miss your stories of long ago. You were the local equivalent of Opie from Mayberry. You were simple, honest, kind and truthful, an industrious entrepreneur and a great story teller. You were a loving father and generous neighbor…….all the values honored in Mayberry and Hastings. It was a privilege and an honor to know you. RIP, dear friend.

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