Wilmer D. Brauer, age 91, of Sidney, NE passed away at his home on Friday, January 13, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, NE with Pastor Chad Rademacher officiating.  Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney.  Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. 

Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday from 1-6:00 P.M. with family present from 4-6:00 P.M. to leave condolences for the family.   In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to DAV, Chapter 40 PO Box 217, Sidney, NE 69162 and Trinity Lutheran Missouri Synod Church, Sidney, NE.

            You may view Wilmer’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.  Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Wilmer’s care and funeral arrangements.

     Wilmer Dale Brauer was born on the original Brauer homestead in Sidney, NE south divide on October, 3, 1931.  He married Alice Printz in July of 1952.  From this union 4 children were born, Randy Brauer, Cindy Petersen, Deb Montoya and Pam Craig.

     In November of 1952 Wilmer enlisted in the US Army where he served for two years.  After discharging from the military, Wilmer and Alice moved back to Sidney and eventually moved to Cheyenne, WY where he worked as a mechanic for Studebaker.  In 1957, they returned to the family homestead in Sidney where he has farmed for 67 years.

     Wilmer and Alice divorced and he later married Mickey George and welcomed her 5 children, Bill, Bryon, Deanna, Brent and Denise into his family in October 1974.  Mickey went to her heavenly home in February 1982.

     While his children were growing up he was very involved and supportive with their horses, cattle, 4-H and Drill Team.  He continued to be involved in the events of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Wilmer became interested in flying as a child.  He decided to go into model airplanes, line controlled and eventually radio controlled planes.  At age 65, his dream of becoming a pilot was reached.  Thanks to the generosity of Filsinger Excavating and Derailment Services he was able to get his pilot’s license.  He purchased his own plane and flew until he was 89 years of age.  YOWZER!!

     Wilmer has been very involved in the American Legion and Honor Guard for many years.  He also drove the DAV van transporting local veterans to Cheyenne VA Medical Facility.  Wilmer drove for the VA from Jan 2004 to Dec 2020, putting in 2,119 hours, 57,506 miles and helped 486 veterans.  He has received many commemorations for his voluntary services.

     Wilmer is survived by his children Randy Brauer and wife Tracey, Cindy Petersen and husband Craig, Deb Montoya, Pam Craig, two step-children Deanna Thompson and husband Ed and Denise Ergang and husband Tony, brother Elmer Brauer, 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grand-children and numerous nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his wife Mickey Brauer, his parents, John and Esther Brauer, one sister Berniece Iversen, two brother Milford Brauer, and Eddie Brauer, a baby sister Martha and three step-sons Bill, Bryon, and Brent.