Wayne G. Brassell
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 1:59pm News Staff
Wayne Brassell passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Albuquerque N. M. following a short illness. He was born in Hondo on Sept. 11, 1946. He is preceded in death by his mother Sadie Tate Brassell in 1951, and his father John G. Brassell of San Marcos in 1970. He is survived by his wife Dorinda Rehberg Brassell of Albuquerque, N.M.; their son Bryan Brassell and wife Cynthia of San Marcos; two daughters, April Brassell of Albuquerque, N. M. and Heidi Baucom of Phoenix, Ariz.; four stepgrandchildren, Gabriel and Cayla Baucom of Phoenix, Ariz. and Casey Barton and Sam Brakhage of El Paso; and two step-great grandchildren, Matthew and Melanie Barton of El Paso. He is also survived by his sister Janis McBride, and her husband John McBride of San Marcos; two nieces, Cathy McBride Stoughton and husband Craig of Kyle and Karen McBride George and husband Ryan of Dayton, Ohio; a great niece and nephew, Cailyn and Cayden Stoughton; a brother-in-law, Kerry Rehberg and wife Dena of Las Vegas, Nev., and niece Jamie Rehberg-Trujillo of Chicago, Ill. Wayne was a 1964 graduate of San Marcos High School, and maintained friendships throughout the years with many of his classmates. He was looking forward to the 50th year class reunion in June. He enlisted in the Army at 19 and served for 20 years until his retirement in 1986 at Fort Bliss in El Paso at the rank of SFC. He served one year in Viet Nam as a machine gunnerfor a long-range recon platoon, 1/503rd Parachute Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate). He earned many awards for his duty in Viet Nam, including a field-awarded Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. Following Viet Nam, he served as an antiaircraft defense missile specialist at NIKE Defense Bases in Ohio, Germany, Fort Hood, Alvarado and the U.S. Army Air Defense School at Fort Bliss. He was serving in Painesville, Ohio, when he met his wife and love of his life, Dorinda Rehberg. They married on Sept. 10, 1976.Upon his retirement, he went to work for R.A.M., Inc., a defense contractor based in El Paso, and worked there for approximately 20 years. On his move to Albuquerque, N.M., he spent two years employed by Honeywell Security, and then spent the next six years
employed with BAE Systems out of El Paso in a contractor capacity. Although he received a degree in Business Administration, Wayne was an avid historian, and was particularly interested in military history.He was a knowledgeable resource for all military events — both past and present. There will be a military ceremony and interment at Fort Bliss Cemetery on April 17 at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the Benavidez-Patterson 82ndAirborne Chapter Hall on Fort Boulevard, El Paso. The family wishes to acknowledge the kindness and support at this time by Bob and Sharon Waldron, R.A.M., Inc., Dennis Nicholas and team at BAE Systems; many employees of the Albuquerque Public School District, Danny and Stella Olivas, and Deedee Stroud, all of Albuquerque, N.M.; Colonel and Mrs. Les Colegrove of Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Bright of La.; and the Benavidez- Patterson All Airborne Chapter Association of the 82nd Airborne Division of El Paso.