C.W. 'Cab' Brunstedt
C.W. "Cab" Brunstedt, 86, of Merrill, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at the Brentwood Good Samaritan Center in Le Mars.
Casper William "Cab" Brunstedt was born July 17, 1918, at Blencoe, the son of Carl and Anna (Bakke) Brunstedt. He graduated from Merrill High School in 1936. On Sept. 21, 1938, Cab and Pearl J. Harms were united in marriage at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The couple made their home in Merrill where Cab worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.
Cab enlisted in the United States Navy on Dec. 12, 1942. He trained as a marine diesel mechanic and received an Assault Boat Training Certificate. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 12, 1944, having attained the rank of Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class.
Following the war, Cab and Pearl made their home in Merrill. Cab owned and operated Brunstedt Motor Service in Merrill, a business he would operate for over 50 years.
Cab was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill. He was also a member of the Olson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill. He had just received his 60-year Service Pin. Cab was dedicated to his community and served on the Merrill Council for over 30 years.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Cab also made fishing lures that he shared with family and friends. He will always be in his family's hearts with memories of his loving, caring and giving ways.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years Pearl of Merrill; a daughter, Sally Kass of Le Mars; three grandchildren, Brad Kass of Le Mars, Jodi (Kass) Crescibene of Loveland, Colo., and Rick Kass and his wife, Melanie of Ft. Collins, Colo.; five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Kory Kass, Brittany and Dylan Crescibene, and Christopher Kass; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Arnold "Rusty" Brunstedt, and a sister Charlotte Benderman.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill, with the Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City, with Miitary graveside honors by Oleson-Halweg American Legion Post #125. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service scheduled for 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.
Honorary pallbearer will be Cab's godson Greg Brienzo. Pallbearers will be Brad, Rick and Matthew Kass, Merton "Stub" Jessen, Don Wankum and Fred Haring.