Breneman grew up on the Tonawanda Seneca Nation where, at the age of 18 he was selected to serve as a sub-chief for the tribe, a role he fulfilled throughout his life. He was a member of the Bear Clan, his mother and father instilling within him a dedication to his family and the community.
In 1969 he was drafted into the USMC, completed two tours in Vietnam, earning the rank of sergeant, during which time he served a crew chief for HMM 164 & 165 in CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopters. They were tasked with medevac, troop insertion, transport and minesweeping operations. During this time he was awarded medals including the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Aircrew Badge with three stars, The Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, which was earned during disaster relief operations. While serving stateside he was with Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) in Washington, D.C.
After his time in the Marine Corps. Breneman returned home in 1973, during which time he developed a love for motorcycles. He would later meet his wife, Patricia, and raise his children, Megan and Arlee in the surrounding area. He worked at Harrison Radiator and later Delphi, retiring as an EAP representative. His free time was filled with his family, traveling and attending his grandsons’ sporting and school events. He was an avid fan of the Tonawanda Braves Lacrosse team, playing for the reservation in his youth and coaching as well. His humor, story-telling and compassion enamored him to all he met, providing endless smiles, adoration and life-long friendships.
Friends may call on Monday, February 14, 2022 and on Tuesday, February 15, until the time of Service at 1:00 pm at 6987 Council House Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, followed by a Long House Service at 2:00 p.m.
arrangements made by Ross Funeral Home Akron
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