John Joseph Brett Jr.

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

John Joseph Brett Jr., age 92, of Salt Lake City, Utah, formerly of Sevierville, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013 at his residence.

He was the eldest of seven children, born on December 28, 1920, in New York City. John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific and China with the 6th Marine Division until the end of the war.

After the war, John met Gladys Mildred Olsen and they were married in 1948. Gladys and Joe had three daughters: Michaela, Kerry and Mary.

After retirement, John and Gladys moved to Novi, Mich., where he served on the Planning Board of Novi. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation and had a street renamed in his honor for his study on the effect of oil seepage into the water system of the town.

John and Gladys moved to Sevierville in 1987 and found a piece of heaven in the beautiful Wears Valley. Gladys passed away in 1991. Since then, John spent his time between Tennessee and Colorado and Wyoming. He spent the last two years of his life in Salt Lake City. John will be buried next to Gladys in the Valley View Cemetery, Sevierville, looking at the mountains that they both enjoyed so much.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Mildred Olsen; father, John Joseph Brett Sr.; mother, Anna Veronica Rogers; sisters, Patricia Ann Brett, Kathleen Stephens.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Michaela Lewis, Kerry Hendricks, Mary Brett and Jeff Grathwohl; grandchildren, Brandon Robert Lewis, David Brett Hendricks, Jonathan Kerry Hendricks, Jennifer Noel and Peter Fick; great-grandchild, Megan Noel Fick; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bernard Alphonsus and Patricia Brett, Robert Peter and Patricia Brett; sisters, Maureen Dugan, Anna Nancy Davis.

A fund was endowed by Joe to assist the upward education of employees of his beloved Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, which helped him so much post his paralysis from Guillain-Barre. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rogers-Brett Fund, c/o Fort Sanders Foundation, 280 Fort Sanders West Blvd., Suite 202, Knoxville, TN 37922.

The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Friday at Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville. Family and friends will meet 10 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Cemetery for graveside service and inurnment with military honors provided by American Legion Post 104. Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville.