Allen O. Brescher, 86, Ireland

Brescher, AllenAllen O. Brescher, 86, of Ireland, died Saturday (September 5) at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Ireland November 25, 1928, to Herman and Elizabeth (Schnell) Brescher. He married Aline Jochum June 19, 1954, at St. Benedict’s Church in Evansville.

Allen was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He was a lifetime farmer, previous owner of Brescher Soil Service for 20 years, and a former director of the Bank of Ireland. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland and was the church’s first parish council president, an usher and Eucharistic minister, and a member of the Christ Renews His Parish (CHRP). In 1999 he and his wife, Aline, received the Brute Award for their service in the Catholic faith. He was a member of the Ireland Knights of Columbus, a member of the Jasper Fourth Degree Knights, American Legion Post No. 147, the Ireland Lions Club, the Ireland Historical Society, Moose Lodge No. 1175, the Dubois County Museum, the Jasper German Club, and the Ireland Sportsman Club. He enjoyed farming, dancing, boating, skiing, Lionel train collecting, genealogy, and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife, Aline Brescher; four daughters, Gerilyn Schmitt and husband Wayne, and Amy Rasche and husband Bernie, all of Ireland, Lisa Brescher-Masters and husband Rob, Louisville, and Renee Williams and husband Steve, Jasper; four sons, Mark Brescher and wife, Diane, Kurt Brescher and wife, Margaret, and Pat Brescher and wife Deb, all of Ireland, and Jeff Brescher, Jasper; 26 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Shirley Schmitt, Ireland.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. St. Mary’s Parish will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The Jasper Moose will conduct a memorial service at 6 p.m., and the Ireland K of C will conduct a memorial service at 6:30. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at Funeral services at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

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