Everette Ralph Breningmeyer, 84, formerly of Oak Park, died on Nov. 26, 2014. Born in Metropolis, Illinois to Noah and Kathryn (Schoneboom) and raised in Charleston and Mattoon, he spent most of his adult life in the Chicago area and in the suburbs of Atlanta. He and his wife moved to Clearwater, Florida in 2010.
Mr. Breningmeyer attended the University of Illinois for a short time and graduated from Eastern Illinois University. He joined the Air Force in 1952 and met his first wife, Marian Bonn, when he was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. They married in 1953. Continuing his education, he received a Ph.D. in Psychology. During his time in Oak Park, he taught history at Oak Park and River Forest High School in the 1960s, had a psychology practice, and owned a child care center.
After retiring, he was quite active as a volunteer at local hospitals, schools, and for hospice. His quick wit, tireless energy, and intellectual curiosity are what defined him most, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
Everette Breningmeyer is survived by his second wife, JoAnn Breningmeyer; his children, Marcy Erwin, Rhett Breningmeyer, and Lori Breningmeyer; seven grandchildren; and our great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian Bonn; his son, Gregg Breningmeyer; and his grandson, Henry James Erwin. A memorial will be held this summer in Mattoon.