Memorials may be made to Friend of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Adair, MO or Honor Flight in care of Pitman Funeral Home, PO BOX 248 Wentzville Missouri 63385.
John (Jack) Lawrence Breen of Wentzville, MO passed away with his wife and sons by his side on Friday, December 29, at the age of 85. Jack was born in Adair, MO on March 10, 1932, to the late William Earl and Marie Breen (nee Moore). Jack was a beloved and devoted husband to Lois Darlene Breen (nee McReynolds) for 61 years. Loving and guiding father to Tom (Jane) Breen, Jean (Dean) Pieper, and Joe (Coleen) Breen. Proud grandfather of Katie Breen, Ben (Katy), Allison, and Anna Pieper, and Maggie and Sean Breen.
After high school, Jack was drafted into the army. He served with the 45th infantry (Thunderbird) Division at Heartbreak Ridge (Aug 18- Sept 5, 1951), Sandbag Castle and Christmas Hill. He received several decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal and two Battle Stars. Jack returned home to attend Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He taught in both the Wentzville and Parkway School Districts. Jack started the Industrial Arts Department in the Wentzville School District.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an older brother, James Earl Breen, an infant daughter, Barbara Breen, and an infant granddaughter, Shannon Breen.
Always the student and teacher, Jack was an avid reader, who loved to share his passion for history with others. He believed in the words of the philosopher Epictetus “Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants.” He strived to live an unpretentious, straightforward life.
He loved his role as the family patriarch. In addition to reading, Jack enjoyed going to auctions, wood workings, hunting and fishing.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Private graveside service will be held on January 6, 2018 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors.