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Donald Henry Bresemann

October 30, 1931 July 21, 2019
Donald Henry Bresemann
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Donald Henry Bresemann, 87, of Coeur d’Alene, ID, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord on July 21, 2019.

Don was born October 30, 1931, in Oak Park, Illinois, to Rudolph and Laura (Schaefer) Bresemann. He was baptized and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church and attended Grace Lutheran Parochial School and Oak Park High School. When Don was 7 years old, his father was totally paralyzed with polio, except for breathing on his own, and then lived in the VA hospital for the next 16 years. Don took on many responsibilities at a very early age and this shaped his life as being a very reliable, hardworking, and caring adult. After High School he worked for one year and then enlisted in the Navy in February, 1951, and served until February, 1955, primarily assigned to a navy destroyer escort deployed to the Pacific. That Fall he enrolled at the University of Illinois and graduated in 1959 as an Electrical Engineer. IBM hired him right out of college, and he was assigned to work in Poughkeepsie, New York, to help design advanced computer systems. He also worked in Endicott, N.Y.; San Jose, California; Palo Alto, CA; Boulder, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona, a total of 32 years for IBM. He enjoyed his work very much and has a patent with IBM.

In 1962, while working in San Jose, he met Donna Wentzel, and they were married in 1963. They were blessed with 4 beautiful children: Cheryl, David, John, and Julie. Don loved his wife, children, and 12 grandchildren very much and was very attentive to their needs and activities as they grew up. He attended all the children’s extra-curricular activities, weekends at multiple soccer games, and during the summer there were camping trips and several cross-country family vacations.

Don enjoyed camping, golfing, fishing, cribbage, dominoes and helping friends who needed help with their computers. He enjoyed teaching people about computers, answering their questions, and working through any problems they were having. In addition, he helped install and maintain computers at Christ the King for years. He also held several church offices and volunteered at the hospital in Tucson.

Don is survived by his wife, Donna, of 56 years, children Cheryl and Rory Stowell, David and Dea Bresemann, John Bresemann, and Julie and Dan Hamm, 12 wonderful grandchildren, and one sister-in-law Karen, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by two grandchildren, his brother Robert, sister Elvina Peterson, and brother Richard.

A memorial service will be held August 3, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1700 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Coeur d’Alene. In lieu of flowers the family requests that Memorial gifts be donated to Camp Lutherhaven, 3258 W. Lutherhaven Road, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 (

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11:00 AM 8/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
Christ the King Lutheran Church

1700 Pennsylvania Avenue
Coeur d Alene, ID 83814

Christ the King Lutheran Church
1700 Pennsylvania Avenue Coeur d Alene 83814 ID
United States

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