Omer Lee Brisendine, age 96, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at his home.
He was born on October 1, 1925 in Springfield, Colorado, the son of Sanford and Rachel (Fisher) Brisendine. He attended school in Springfield and began lending a helping hand on the family farm at a young age. Omer was very patriotic and when he came of age, he attempted to enlist in the United States Military. A medical condition, however, kept him from fulfilling that dream. He remained very proud to be an American and was always supportive of our troops.
Omer’s life changed one day when he opened the newspaper and saw a photo of a beautiful young lady. He decided to write to the paper in an attempt to connect with her. They began exchanging letters and phone calls, and in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 12, 1979, Inez Elvina Krueger became his wife. They combined their families and lived a life full of laughter and love for 43 years. Inez survives in the home.
Omer continued to take care of the family farm for many years and became a jack of all trades, learning whatever was necessary to keep things running properly. This self-reliance made him knowledgeable in, not only crop maintenance, but also tasks like landscaping and auto mechanics. Omer held quite varied positions in his working career ranging from dynamite throwing in the mountains to mortuary transport to school bus driving to nursing home maintenance and the list goes on. His most recent employment was in the maintenance department of St. Joseph Church and School.
Omer and Inez were dedicated members of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Jefferson City, Mo. He was also passionate about volunteering with both the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.
Omer loved riding horses, relished the adrenaline rush of “breaking” them and even entered many rodeos as a bronc rider. His country western roots ran deep and he even went horseback riding a few months ago as a 96-year-old man, still loving it just as much as he had all those years ago. He was an outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. Omer had an unmatched sense of humor and expressed his happy demeanor in song. He played practical jokes and pulled pranks on anyone he could. He loved to laugh, tell stories, dress up as holiday characters, and made friends everywhere he went. Omer Brisendine couldn’t possibly be summed up in a few paragraphs. He was a supportive, dedicated and dependable husband, father and grandfather who will be sorely missed.
Survivors include: his loving wife, Inez; his five children, Jack Brisendine (Christina) of Apache Junction, Az., Steve Stacey (Judy) of Jefferson City, Mo., Charles Brisendine (Agnes) of Garden City, Ks., Susan Orlopp of Gilbert, Az., and Dana Warren (Bill) of Jefferson City, Mo.; two sisters, Mary Barnes and Neva Kirby; 14 grandchildren, Cari, Tony, Scott, James, Erin, Andrea, Sarah, Jeffrey, Kymberlea, Andrew, Shasta, Tiana, Kayla, and AJ; 21 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; his best friend, Dean Green; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one infant son, Roger Wayne Brisendine; sister, Dornella Caddick; and three brothers, Lynam Brisendine, William Hodges and Jim Hodges.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2022 at Freeman Mortuary.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 12, 2022 in the Freeman Chapel with Pastor Neil Dye officiating. Interment will be conducted at Longview Cemetery in Jefferson City, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Jefferson City, Mo.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.