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Donald Ray Brehm, 82, of Carlisle, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2015 in West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg.  The son of the late William R. and Evelyn (Morrow) Brehm, he was born on July 7, 1933 in Carlisle.

Don graduated from Carlisle High School in 1951, served in the US Army during the Korean War and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Shippensburg State College in 1957.  His 30-year teaching career began at Boiling Springs High School where he taught history before moving to the Carlisle Area School District’s Intermediate High School where he taught biology for many years.

Don was first and foremost a horseman and was a charter member of the Keystone Harness Horseman Assoc., a Past President of the Red Rose Horse & Pony Club, a former board member of the PA Harness Assoc. and a former starter official of the United States Trotting Assoc. Current memberships include the Carriage Assoc. of America, PA Morgan Horse Assoc., America Horseshow Assoc., Brandywine Valley Driving Assoc., Potomac River Driving Assoc., Rose Hill Museum Driving Society,  and The American Driving Society. He also served board memberships with the Big Spring Watershed Assoc., the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails, Newville Baseball, and was a Past President of the Carlisle Area Education Association and Past President of the Plainfield Lions Club. In addition, he loved history and was a member of the Cumberland County Historical Society.      

He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Barbara (Adams) Brehm, two daughters; Wendy (husband, Rulon) Wetherill of Trappe, PA and Lisa (husband, Samuel) Yinger of Newville, two brothers; Vance W. Brehm of Bend, OR and Dennis D. Brehm of Carlisle, one granddaughter, Anna Kate (husband, Taylor) McCarney, one great-grandson, Benjamin James McCarney and several nieces and nephews and their children. 

A visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016 followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St, Carlisle, with Rev. Randall L. Zook officiating.  Fellowship will follow the service at the Carlisle Country Club.  Memorial contributions may be made to The Cumberland County Historical Society, The Craighead House Committee, Boiling Springs or to Best Dawg Rescue of Bethesda, MD.

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May the wings of a thousand Angels whisk his soul to Heaven!
Back in '65-'66 I was working in the Neighborhood Youth Corp cutting fire trail on South Mountain. This gentleman gave us the tutelage, guidance and education we needed! God Bless the family and give them emotional Peace!

Bill Hoffman, Hatton, ND

May you know peace and love as you mourn the loss of a great man and teacher. He was my biology teacher in 1978 and was also responsible for working with me and a few of my friends in scouting to help us with our horsemanship skills. He left a great impression on any lives he touched.

Rich Fraker

I lived near the Carlisle fairgrounds and I can remember visiting mr brehm there with the horse :charter" I called him. and then to Carlisle school district he was my teacher . he was a great person teacher , and always had a twinkle in his eyes when he laughed he will be missed
Sherry Miller
 I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man.
"May sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life."
-John 10:27, 28
Lisa and Sam I will pray for peace for all your family.
Debra Ann, Kuhn, Dillman
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. You have our deepest sympathies.
Jeff and Darlene Heberlig
Barbara, I am so very sorry for your loss. Ron must have been a terrific person. I am on the Craighead House Committee and I want to thank you sincerely for naming us as a recipient of memorial gifts in Ron's memory. The address for us is PO Box 335,Boiling Springs,PA 17007, should any one ask for it.We would welcome you to come visit the property in the spring.
Sincere condolences to you and the family. June Shomaker 243 3716
Our prayers for your family in this time of loss. He was a great teacher and mentor. His classes were fun but most of all he cared.
Christine Darhower Barbour
Mr. Brehm was my biology teacher around '73-'74 - I enjoyed his class and he made learning very interesting! (Too bad I didn't know he raised horses back then or I probably would have talked his ear off!) I'm so sorry for your loss - keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers.
Brenda Bradley

As freshmen many years ago , Don was a welcome friend at Shippensburg College. Being away from home for first time Don was a welcome buddy. A good person.
Sam Santeusanio

So sorry for the family's loss, you have our deepest condolences. Mr Brehm was our teacher at Carlisle, he was an awesome and caring teacher. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mr & Mrs Roger Hedrick

God has a new Angel to watch over us! I knew Mr. Boehm from school.(Carlisle) He was not my teacher of Biology but of home room and Science club. I remember growing baby brine shrimp to be used in some of the classes. Coming into home room with a container of microscopic shrimp was always a topic of conversation! He was a genteel giant to all he met! His love of "sulky" driving and horses was infectious to all. RIDE ON Mr Breahm!

Michelle (class of 83)
Dear Barbara, Wendy and Lisa;
Our heartfelt condolences go out to you at this time of loss and celebration of life.

 Wally & Carolyn

With deepest sympathy.

 Class of 1952, Carlisle High School 
Barb, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. There is a time for God to take over one's life, and it was Don's time to rest in peace.

Virginia Giordano

The family of Boyd Stanley Brehm is sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers and our heart.

outstanding man and wonderful teacher. I lived just down from the track that Mr. Brehm trained his trotting horse. He took the time over the years to teach me a lot about what went into training these animals that he loved so much. What I remember most about him was his very strong character. I really respected him and always enjoyed talking to him. I was very lucky to know him and the world was a better place with him in it.
David Saporito
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