In Memory of
U.S. Army Private First Class Armour, South Dakota
Douglas County

August 8, 1932 – December 10, 1951
Died in a car accident near Dumas, Texas


Donald John Brenner was born to Alfred and Otillia (Tillie) (Kittler) Brenner on August 8, 1932, in Armour. He had two sisters and three brothers: Victoria, Emery, Marjorie, Franklin and Alfred, Jr. His father died in 1941, and his mother married Delbert Boyes in May of 1947 so his family grew to also include two step-sisters, Nancy and Edna, and a step-brother, Allen. Donald went to school in Armour and entered the Army right out of high school. Donald married Mary O’Neill on December 30, 1950, and had a step-son, Robert Louis.

Donald enlisted in the service on July 20, 1950, at Sioux Falls. He was trained at Ft. Bliss, Texas, and continued his training in a tank division in preparation for orders to Korea. He lived at El Paso, Texas, with his family. PFC Brenner, his wife, and child returned to South Dakota on an emergency leave because of his wife’s mother’s serious illness. On the way back to his camp, Donald J. Brenner was killed in a head-on car collision on December 10, 1951, in Dumas, Texas. His body was returned to South Dakota and he was buried with military honors at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Armour.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Hillary Stevens, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, on July 20, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus and the Armour Chronicle, December 14, 1951, and December 21, 1951 issues. Additional information and profile approval by the Brenner family.