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BRALLIER, Wayne Murel "Tony" 1927-2011


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 11/26/2011 at 13:07:13

Wayne Murel "Tony" Brallier

NORA SPRINGS, IOWA - Wayne Murel "Tony" Brallier, 84, died Friday, November 25, 2011, at home. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, at Sheckler Colonial Chapel, 114 N. Hawkeye, Nora Springs.

Tony was born March 24, 1927, in Rockford, Iowa, son of Murel H. Brallier and Ivis (Yerkes) Brallier. He had three siblings; Dale, Betty, and Gary.

Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17, two and half months prior to high school graduation. He was stationed on Okinawa during World War II, where he braved typhoons and enemy fire. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, he went to work for the Signal Depot in Sacramento, Calif. Tony married his lovely bride Gladys Noss on November 3, and they were married for 65 years. They had five children; Patricia, Alan, Michael, James, and Connie.

The Brallier family moved back to Rockford, Iowa, where Tony initially worked for his brother, Dale Brallier, hauling coal, ice, and gravel. Tony worked for Tatum Hardware for 11 years. During that time they moved to Nora Springs, into their current home of 56 years, near the Reva Pedelty family and the Phyllis Runge family. Tony spent hours working on the home, putting in wiring for electricity and installing indoor plumbing. He earned his G.E.D. and became a plumber in Mason City. Tony then got his Master Plumber's License and started his Mason City plumbing shop in 1976 with his son Jim. Tony and Jim based Brallier Plumbing out of a little building on the corner of Seventh Street and South Federal Avenue. After Jim passed, Max Miller worked for Brallier Plumbing for seven years. Tony continued plumbing until he was 80 years old. Tony was often out to Plumb Supply getting stuff from the guys. Tony loved to hunt deer and turkey; he was very good at it.

With the help of Mike, Alan, Brenda Schumaker, and Travis Bellcourt, we were able to keep Tony at home. Thank you.

Tony was preceded in death by his son, James; grandson, John Michael Brallier; brother, Dale Brallier, and sister, Betty Fullerton.

Tony is survived by his wife Gladys; four children Patricia Moore, Alan Brallier, Michael (Colleen) Brallier, and Connie Hearn; his grandchildren Amber (Mike) Fries, Tony (Stacy) Brallier, Toby Brallier, Heather Melton, Jarod Brallier, Monica Hearn, Lisa (Dave) Whipple, Travis (Kathryn) Rue, Angie (Jason) Pippert, Nicole (Steve) Seybert, Dallas Hearn and his great-grandchildren.

Sheckler Colonial Chapel, Nora Springs, 641-749-2210; www.colonialchapels.com.

[ Globe Gazette online, November 26, 2011 ]


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