Theodore Anthony Brey 1925-2017

Theodore “Ted” Brey


Just a few short weeks following his 92nd birthday, Ted (Dad, Grandpa, "PopPop") unexpectedly left us and joined the love of his life, Alba, in Heaven on December 6, 2017. 

Theodore “Ted” Brey was born on October 9, 1925, to Jacob and Mary (Konopka) Brey in Stambaugh in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  He was the eighth of nine children, with six older sisters and two brothers.  He graduated from Stambaugh High School, where he loved to play baseball and learned the trumpet.  

Shortly after his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he became a Cannoneer serving in the European theater during WWII, including nearly freezing to death during the Battle of the Bulge.  When he returned home, he attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1951 with a BS in geology.  He then entered into an internship with the Hanna Mining Company in Iron River, Michigan that ultimately turned into a lifetime career.  

Following a Valentine’s Day proposal, he married his beloved Alba Giovanelli on June 13, 1953.  In 1954, they had their first child Catherine, and two years later Stephen came along.  Then came Monica, Janet, and Michael. In 1969, he packed his family into a station wagon and drove them across the country to Myrtle Creek, Oregon, where he spent the rest of his career as a geologist for the Hanna nickel mine in Riddle, Oregon, retiring in 1982.  Along the way, he supported his five children through college, many of whom are proclaimed OSU Beavers!

After his retirement, Ted and Alba traveled to Hawaii, Mexico, and Italy.  During that time, they were also blessed with many grandchildren, and he was a regular attending their activities—especially loving their sporting events.  After losing Alba in 1995, he traveled to Poland with his younger brother and reconnected with many relatives from his father's homeland.  And he traveled with his sons to Alaska and Costa Rica on multiple fishing trips.  

Ted found his greatest joy in his faith and his family. He was a man of great devotion in the Catholic Church, and he helped establish the Myrtle Creek St. Vincent DePaul, where he volunteered for many years. It would simply be an understatement to mention that Ted was also a DEVOTED Green Bay Packer fan (yes, he owned one share), and he never missed a Detroit Tiger game.  He could recite any statistic of any player at any time!

In 2011, after 42 years of living in Myrtle Creek, he moved to Eugene to be closer to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Eleanor Anderson of Detroit, MI; his daughters, Catherine Johnson, Janet Hannah (Tom) of Eugene, and Monica Cox (Chuck) of Newberg; his sons, Steve (Kris) of Springfield, and Mike of Newport Beach, California; along with 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Deceased's Funeral Arrangements

A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at 1 p.m. at All Souls Catholic Church in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass at 12:30 pm. Committal Service with military honors to follow at I.O.O.F Cemetery, Myrtle Creek.