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“Dear Sylvia and family Please accept our sincerest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: The Thomas Brewer Family - FL

“Im here. You all are a ways away physically. But, know you're in my thoughts and prayers daily. You're my 2nd family since birth with a...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Maria - St. Petersburg, FL

“Sylvia,Ginny,Renee,John&Pat You have our deepest sympathy. We are sorry that we are unable to attend the funeral ,but want you to know that we are...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Sam & Bonnie Bumbalough - IN

“Dr. Brewer was a wonderful vet. He took such good care of our dog, who at the time, was always getting hit. You have my deepest sympathy-- ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: Dana Scheller - Springfield, IL

“So sorry to all of you. Cannot forget all of the fun summers at IBYC and who couldn't smile at those wonderful vacations to Hilton Head. My prayer...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Tiger Henderson - Springfield, IL

“I have many fond memories of the Brewer Family. I had a lot of fun watching the kids grow up. Brent and I want to offer our sincere sympathy to all...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Kim & Brent Stone - Springfield, IL

“The time smiling and laughing remembering the good times is a sign of a life well lived. I pray that your family find peace and understanding. ”
7 of 29 | Posted by: Aaron Hyre - Indianapolis, IN

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Now he can watch over you all at the same time! My thoughts & Prayers are with your family & friends, God Bless, ...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Stefne - Paradise Valley, AZ

“My sincerest of condolences to the family. I always enjoyed Joe when we were in school together--he was a good man. Larry ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Larry Friedman D.V.M. - WY

“Sylvia--My thoughts and prayers are with you-good neighbors from years past but not forgotten--you are special. ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: gene elmore - monticello, IL

“Dear Sylvia and family, We are so very sorry for your loss and wish you peace at this time. Joe will be greatly missed. You are all in our...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Tracy Rockey - rocklin, CA

“Renee, I am so sorry for your loss. Kara and I just got back in town and I read your fathers obit. in the paper today. Please call me if there...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Tina Pittman - Springfield, IL

“Sylvia, Ginny, John, Renee and Pat, I am so very sorry for your loss. Joe was an amazing man. I cherished the time I worked at Brewer Animal...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Tracey McLaughlin Cimarossa - IL

“Dear Mrs Brewer and family, Joe and I were classmates from kindergrten through high school and I harbor the greatest affection and respect for him....Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Dazvid Vespa - Arlington, VA

“John & Family, My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family during this most difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa (Buedel) Standefer - Sherman, IL

“Sylvia, John, Renee, Pat & Ginny.. Mike and I send our deepest sympathy. Joe was a wonderful person who enjoyed life and his family. We will keep...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Cheri von Behren - Springfield, IL

“Joe was such a wonderful man..he was my landlord and was the best guy ever. I will miss his kindness and over all wonderful manor. My sympathy goes...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Steiner - Springfield, IL

“Sylvia, we are shocked and saddened to learn of Joe's death! The days at IBYC were enriched by his presence, and yours, as well. Joe demonstrated...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Jim Singleton - Springfield, IL

“Todd & Ginny, Thinking of you both, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family see you soon. Your cusin Bill ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Bill Flanagan - Lafayette, IN

“Mrs. Brewer, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Brewer. I remember all of the fun times with Ginny at your house and at Island Bay Yacht...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Lori Wingler-Ackerman - IL

“Renee, Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Craig & Dawn Mason ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Dawn Mason - new berlin, IL

“John, My thoughts and prayers especially to you and all of your family. May you find love, peace, and joy in your heart through precious memories...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Jodi (Stowers) Carter - Divernon, IL

“Mrs. Brewer, Renee and family, I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Brewer. I will always remember him smiling. He was such a wonderful human being...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Lisa Hendricks Buckley - KS

“Dear Brewer Family, I am deeply saddened by the news of Joe's passing. I had much respect for him, as did all of his collegues. It was a pleasure...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Greg Hurst - Springfield, IL

“Dear Aunt Sylvia and Family, Our thoughts are with you and your families at this time. All our love, respectfully, shannon, sean, zachary...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: The Tarrant Family - Petaluma, CA

“Mrs. Brewer, Ginny, Renee, John and Pat, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Growing up camping and sailing as families will always be...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Linda Cappellin Campas - IL

“Renee and Family, My deepest sympathy to all of you during this sorrowful time. Your dad was such a great man and so kind to everyone. I know he...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Shannon Shymansky - Springfield, IL

“Sylvia, Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kay...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Kay Millette - Los Altos, CA

“Dear Sylvia and family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Joe's passing. Joe was a mentor, employer and friend to me. He will be sadly...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Evan Kirk DVM - Springfield, IL


Dr. Joseph L. Brewer, 72, of Springfield, died on Sunday, June 8, 2008 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, IL. Joseph was born March 10, 1936 in Springfield, the son of Joseph L. and Rosella Benz Brewer. He married Sylvia Adkison on May 26, 1962 in Ankara, Turkey. Joseph graduated from Cathedral Boys High School. He received his Bachelor's Degrees in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1959 and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1961. Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1961 – 1963 as a Captain in Veterinary Services based in Ankara. He was an owner and partner at Capital Illini Veterinary Hospital from 1963 to 1977 and then was the owner of Brewer Animal Hospital until his retirement in 1995. Joseph was on the Board of Veterinary Examiners for the State of Illinois from 1972 – 1975. He was a life member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. He was also a senior member and past commodore of the Island Bay Yacht Club and a former member of the Sangamo Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Brewer, M.D. and son-in-law, Cameron Dean, PhD. He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Sylvia Brewer of Springfield; four children, Ginny (husband, Todd) Bumbalough of Indianapolis, IN, Renee Dean of Springfield, John Brewer of Chatham and Patrick (wife, Renee) Brewer of Sherman; four grandchildren, Sam and Josh Bumbalough and Jessica and Jacob Brewer; his daughter-in-law, Amy Brewer of Springfield, sister-in-law, Bobbie (husband, Bill) Croucher of Cape Corral, FL, and several cousins. Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Dr, Springfield, IL 62703. Prayer service will be at 5 p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at Church of the Little Flower, 800 Stevenson Dr., Springfield, IL 62703. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield, IL 62702-1766 or Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester, Rochester, MI 48307.

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