KEARNEY — Alan P. Brecht, 74, of Kearney died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at St. Luke’s – Good Samaritan Society in Kearney.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Kearney with the Rev. Melody Adams officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Center Cemetery at Haven’s Chapel.
Visitation is 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney. Attendees are encouraged to wear red to the funeral and visitation as one of Alan’s last wishes as an avid Husker fan was to be surrounded by a Sea of Red.
Alan was born on Aug. 2, 1945, in rural Culbertson to Jacob and Pauline (Hoff) Brecht. He attended school in Culbertson and graduated in 1963.
He then attended Kearney State College and graduated with a teaching degree in math and English in 1967. He was honored to be a student manager for the Kearney State College football team under Al Zikmund while at Kearney State. Alan taught school in Axtell for seven years and would later start a career in TV and radio sales and broadcasting that would span more than 50 years.
On Dec. 1, 1979, Alan married Karen V. Gewecke in Kearney. They lived in Kearney, Lincoln and Grand Island while he worked at various radio stations in advertising sales and live broadcasting, including 30 years as a co-host on the Breakfast Flakes morning show on KGFW radio in Kearney.
Alan and Karen owned a number of businesses during the years, including the Regency and Sugar Bee Bakeries and currently Funtastic Inc. fun center in Kearney.
Alan enjoyed gardening, watching Nebraska football and westerns on TV, ’60s and ’70s music and also traveling to Branson, Mo. He especially adored his grandchildren as they were his pride and joy.
He and Karen were a host family to UNK international students for a number of years. Alan was also proud to be a mentor in the TeamMates program. He was a member of the Kearney First United Methodist Church, Kearney Community Band, Kearney Community Theater and also a former Kearney High Bearcat Band Parents president where he helped sponsor three band trips.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Karen of Kearney; sons, Kyle Brecht and significant other Crystal Rundell of Gibbon, and Nathan and wife Rebecca Brecht of Kearney; grandchildren, Caley Brecht of Fort Pierce, Fla., and McKenna, Daykin, Alynn and Vada Brecht of Kearney; sisters, Norma Wilson of McCook, and Lila and husband Ron Cook of Culbertson; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other extended family and friends.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents; beloved son, Matthew; brother, Ken and his wife Carol; and brother in law, Virgil Wilson.
Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the TeamMates program.
Online tributes and condolences can be shared at www.hlmkfuneral.com.