THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard E. Brevitz
Richard Ellis Brevitz passed away peacefully at his home in Oshkosh Wisconsin on February 12th 2017. He was the youngest of Ernest and Audrey Brevitz children born August 9th 1943.
He is survived by his brother, Keith Ernest Brevitz of Menominee, Michigan and his sister, Patricia Brevitz Finley of Falmouth, Massachusetts and her husband, Larry Finley.
After graduating from Menominee High School in 1963, he moved to Long Beach California. There he obtained a job with British Motors and he worked on fixing and maintaining the electrical systems of many fancy cars such as Jaguar, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce's and Ferrari, etc. At times he was the only person who knew how to fix what was wrong with these cars and became an expert in electronics and electrical motors.
Subsequently, he started his own business fixing electrical motors for all kinds of equipment. He always enjoyed dabbling in electronics and audio visual equipment.
Eventually he tired of living in California and the rat race of the lifestyle out there. He returned to Wisconsin and moved to Green Bay where he lived in his own house for many years. He took a job at the Oneida Casino and worked his way up to being a maintenance manager.
While there he had some very interesting experiences such as the time President Bush was coming to town and he was working on some air conditioning problems on the roof of the casino and some security helicopters noticed him up there and landed to find out what he was doing. They soon found that he was a reliable person and joined him on the roof to observe and protect the president as he flew in to the nearby Green Bay Airport. That was an exciting time for him and the other Casino workers.
He did get injured while working at the casino and had to take early retirement. He subsequently moved away from Green Bay to Soldier's Grove Wisconsin to convalesce and recover from his injuries. When healthy again he moved to Oshkosh Wisconsin where he resided until his death.
He had many hobbies but enjoyed working with audio visual technology the most and building himself an elaborate man cave with many different entertainment devices for a spectacular audio visual experience. An additional hobby of his was to scour antique and pawn shops for unique lightning equipment and antiques which he fixed up and used throughout his apartment at Court Towers in Oshkosh WI.
Richard was a wonderful loving brother and we love and miss him dearly.
Burial will be in Menominee Michigan this coming summer and he will be laid to rest next to his mother and grandparents. At that time a graveside service will be held by his family.