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David Lawrence Brewer

David Lawrence Brewer, 84, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at 1:33 a.m., at Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Brewer was a 1955 graduate of Emerson High School in Gary, a 1958 graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO, a 1959 graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington where he earned his Bachelor of Science in business and a 1963 graduate of IU School of Law in Bloomington where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree. He started working as a teacher at the Tolleston Grade School in Gary. He was then accepted to practice law in Indiana in 1963, the Indiana Northern District Federal Court in 1964, the U.S. Tax Court in 1972 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. He was an Associate Member at Bowers, Feightner & Palmer from 1963 to 1964 and was a partner at Palmer, Bowers & Brewer from 1965 to 1991. In 1991, the firm's name changed to Bowers, Brewer, Garrett & Wiley where he worked until 2007 when he became Of Counsel with the firm until his death. He also worked as the Deputy Prosecutor for Huntington County, Counsel for Huntington County Board of Aviation Commissioners, Counsel for Huntington County Welfare Department, Director and chairman of the Board for Bippus State Bank and was chairman of the Huntington County Child Protection Team. He was also licensed to sell life insurance and title insurance in the State of Indiana. He was a member of the Huntington County Bar Association where he served as treasurer, vice president and president, the American Bar Association, the Ball State University Foundation Philanthropy Advisory Committee, the Indiana State Bar Association Client Security Fund and the Investments Unlimited Investment Club. He was involved with many organizations in Huntington County, including the Huntington Jaycees, March of Dimes, Pathfinder Services, Inc., United Way, the Medical Memorial Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, where he served as director, Salvation Army, the Huntington County Chapter of Citizens for Decent Literature, the Kiwanis Club and the Huntington County Community Development Committee. He also served as the general chairman for the Commitment for a Brighter Future Campaign at Huntington Memorial Hospital, as well as the Republican chairman for the City of Huntington. He also volunteered his time as coach for the Kim League Basketball (YMCA), director and membership campaign chairman for the Forester Basketball Club at Huntington College, director of the Huntington County 4-H Fair Board, co-chairman of the Lafontaine Center Drive, director, secretary, and vice president of the Pathfinder Foundation, Inc., director and president of the Dan Quayle Commemorative Foundation, Inc., Boy Scouts Annual Fund Drive, and served on the advisory board and also as director at the Victory Noll Center, Inc. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntington where he served as a deacon, elder, and the Boy Scout Institutional Representative; he also served as director, secretary, vice president, and president of the First Presbyterian Church of Huntington Foundation. He was also a part of many fraternal organizations including the Huntington Elks Lodge, Masonic Lodge (Amity Lodge No. 483 F&AM), the Scottish Rite, the Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Ft. Wayne, Shrine Mispah Temple AAONS of Ft. Wayne, Sigma Phi Epsilon Social Fraternity and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Brewer earned several awards including the Huntington Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, Indiana Jaycees 50 Year Member, the Charles Burgess Award from the Huntington Kiwanis Club, Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe and the Herbert LaMont Award from Pathfinder Services. He was also published through many biographical publications including Indiana Lives, Outstanding Young Men of America, Community Leaders of America, Personalities of the West and Midwest, Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in America.

He was born on Nov. 24, 1936, in Cleveland, OH, to Arthur and Rhea Brown Brewer. He married Susan C. Stimson on Aug. 12, 1961, at the 43rd Avenue Presbyterian Church in Gary. She survives in Huntington.

Additional survivors include two sons, John S. (Jessica) Brewer, of Huntington, and Michael D. (Ginni) Brewer, of Warren; a daughter, Anne M. Betterly, of Huntington and four grandchildren, Trevor Brewer, Nolan Betterly, Arianna Betterly and Gabriella Betterly.

Calling will take place on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, from 2 to 7 p.m., at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington.

A funeral service will take place on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntington, with Rev. John Beehler officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service.

Burial will be at a later date at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Huntington.

Memorials may be made to the Quayle Center, or The David and Susan Brewer Family Community Foundation Funds, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750.

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